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    Jan 14, 2009
    Texas on the Potomac: Gallup boss: More Americans oppose gun control than ever

    Gallup boss: More Americans oppose gun control than ever

    Amid a wave of publicity about school shootings and drug-related gun violence along the Mexican border, more Americans than ever oppose government efforts to regulate guns, Gallup's top pollster said today.

    Frank Newport, the editor-in-chief of the Gallup Poll, told a breakfast meeting of reporters hosted by the Christian Science Monitor that "every bit of data is showing us that Americans are getting more conservative about gun control."

    Newport cited polling conducted by Gallup, the Pew Research Center and CNN to back up his contention that "attitudes toward gun control have become more conservative -- not wanting more gun control."

    The veteran pollster said the growing opposition to gun control is "counterintuitive" because of the heavy media focus on the use of assault weapons to kill police officers and school students, as well as the coverage of drug-cartel lawlessness in Mexico.

    But he said that Americans are clearly saying that they want gun laws to "stay as they are" or become "less strict" rather than becoming "more strict."

    "The NRA is in a pretty good position, public-opinion-wise," Newport said.

    A CNN poll conducted in April found that 39 percent of Americans wanted stricter gun control laws, down from 50 percent in 2000. Another 46 percent said the gun laws should stay as they are, while 15 percent said they should be loosened--up from 9 percent in 2000.

    When asked to identify the best way to reduce gun violence, 61 percent of Americans said stronger enforcement of existing laws, while 27 percent opted for stronger laws, according to an ABC News-Washington Post poll, also conducted in April.

    Even an assault-weapon ban is not the political "sure thing" it once was. An Apr. 23-26 poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found that support for curbing the sale of assault weapons and semiautomatic rifles has dropped from 75 percent in 1991 to 53 percent today.

    The shifting public mood on gun issues is the reason why the Obama administration is not trying to reinstate the assault-weapons ban that former President Bush allowed to expire in 2004. Obama and other administration officials said they have decided instead to adopt a strategy of enforcing existing laws.


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    I just finished reading the same article in the Houston Chronicle. Need more news articles like this.

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    Quote: When asked to identify the best way to reduce gun violence, 61 percent of Americans said stronger enforcement of existing laws. End quote.

    That the way it should be. But when things like this come up, there is a lot of horse-trading going on in the justice system. For better or worse. At times, it seems they give away the wagon as well. Off into the sun-set they go.


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    Good News ~ Yes but think of the poor and down trodden in those abused states. We need every state to come around too. Hopefully there will be reform there someday. It will help us ALL in the long run.


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    Mar 16, 2009
    That's because he is a gun nazi, so is Pelosi and many others in power. However, I think he'll try to let it mostly slide during this term so that he can go for a second and then hammer the crap out of us if/when he gets it.


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    Mar 16, 2009
    Hopefully. Regardless, Pelosi will probably spin the poll with a comment like, "Well of course they're against gun control. They (rightwingers) want to be able to buy these evil guns so they can sell them to the Mexican mafia" or "The Gallup pollsters just make up their results". Gotta love the libs...they can put a spin on anything.
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