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Public Opinion and Guns


Not surprisingly, yesterday's tragic shootings at Virginia Tech University have already led to heated debates about the role of gun laws and gun control. As of now, here are some resources worth considering on public opinion and gun control (we will update this post today if we find more):

  • Gallup Guru Frank Newport has posted comments on Gallup's recent findings on gun control, including a link to Gallup's more comprehensive review.
  • The Polling Report as a page devoted to findings on "guns," although all are from 2004 or prior.
  • An opinion piece by Politico columnist Roger Simon mines past exit polls to review the impact of gun control on presidential politics.

 

Comments
Nathan:

Enabling upstanding citizens the right to carry firearms as they attended there schooling. Remember 9/10 citizens whom apply for a permit to carry a handgun are law abiding citizens of the U.S. People with bad intentions never follow the laws or rules that are in place to "Deter negative actions" like V.A. Tech. Mass shootings occur where Americans or anyone for that matter are "Sheep" and defenseless. Without the ability to defend themselves or there fellow law abiding citizens. These attacks will ultimately be deterred by making the attackers aware that the good citizens of the United States will not stand for infractions of the laws that are set forth for the safety and progression of the American way of life. Whenever criminals are planning an attack in America all they worry about and look to avoid is police thinking they have free rein on the civilian populous. In turn if they knew that not only the police are the obsticales in achieving there goals (usually of attention) but the mass of Law abiding American citizens whom take protecting themselves and one another seriously then the attacking operations that occur would ultimately be deterred or thwarted before 33 people die(FROM ONE SHOOTER WITH 9MM AMMUNITION WITHIN TWO HANDGUNS).

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