According to the latest NBC/Survey Monkey poll released yesterday, Americans strongly want tighter gun control laws (61 percent) including a ban on the sale of assault weapons (60 percent.)
Readers of this website: Ehhh, not so much. A narrow majority (53 percent) of the 431 voters taking this week’s Heller Poll agreed with their fellow Americans, answering yes to gun control.
Oddly enough, most of those leaving comments were yes voters, which is the opposite of what usually happens. My favorite was from Sue H., who wrote: “The idiots that let the ban on assault type rifles expire should be bitch-slapped into next year!! We the people are fed UP with the NRA and their whining that they need their guns! Of course you do, and feel free to keep your regular guns and rifles. BUT the assault type weapons should NOT be available to anyone except the military… and we need to make this happen as SOON as possible.”
I love feisty people.
There were a few typical gun nut attempts to shift the discussion by pointing out that the gun used in the Orlando massacre wasn’t an “assault weapon,” in the sense that it’s not fully automatic, meaning you merely hold the trigger and death pours out ceaselessly.
My answer to that nonsense is usually this: “That’s a point without distinction. It’s true we don’t allow full machine guns, but guns like the AR-15 (the gun used in Orlando was actually an MCX somethingorother) still spit bullets as fast as you can twitch your finger, so what’s the difference? Swift, sure death is swift sure death, and we don’t need to let everyone – including terrorists, crooks and the crazy – buy weapons of mass destruction.”
Oddly, they never seem to have an answer to that.
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