New Poll Confirms Overwhelming Majority of Americans are Fighting for Gun Control
Poll after Poll, the NRA is Losing
On Wednesday, March 21, I reported on a poll that had been jointly conducted by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal that revealed that, for the first time since 2000, more people viewed the National Rifle Association in a negative light than a positive one.
The numbers were still relatively close, with the ratio being 40 to 37 percent, but considering the United States is a country drenched in a disgusting gun culture propagated by a literal gun lobby, it was a sign that the gun control movement by Never Again MSD had really hit a national stride with the public.
The latest statistical research only continues to confirm that this was far from a fluke. Teaming up with the Associated Press, the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (NORC) administered its own poll to see how much of the American public favored stricter gun control measures, and the results were surprising: 69 percent, or nearly 7 out of 10 adults supported it.
Not only that, but among Republican-voters that were asked the question, 50 percent agreed, meaning half of the GOP’s voter base has been moved to act on this issue. Other figures include the following: 60 percent say fewer mass shootings would happen if it was harder to legally obtain a firearm, 54 percent of all gun owners agree for stronger gun laws, and more than 80 percent believe a federal law should be passed to both prevent mentally ill people from buying a gun and close the gun show loophole.
Not everything was good, though. Despite all this seemingly-enthusiastic support for a gun control package to be passed, the fact is most of the public is lethargic to the idea of change ever coming, with nearly half saying that they do not expect their elected officials to take action.
That sentiment is understandable, particularly when you have politicians literally bought by the NRA through campaign contributions, but it is also naive. As the Parkland survivors are proving, progress can happen when enough people, particularly younger folks, engage in the political process. Grassroots movements developed over weeks and through social media can bring communities together on an issue, and with that fervor bring about local political change that affects the state and ultimately the country.
With the March for Our Lives demonstration set to take place March 24, 2018, it will be interesting to see how many people not only participate, but are inspired by the message created by these activists. More information on the March can be found here.