The public still has a great deal of support for gun control following the Parkland massacre. That’s not surprising. The media has beamed in people like David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, and Delaney Tarr to people’s homes to tell them to support it. They’ve made the aftermath of Parkland play out for far longer than it should have.
As a result, there’s a lot more support for gun control than there normally would be at this point. However, those numbers are starting to slip a bit.
Support for stricter gun control laws remains high seven weeks after the mass shooting at a high school in South Florida, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
The poll shows roughly two-thirds of voters, 66 percent, support stricter gun control laws in the U.S., while only 28 percent oppose strengthening the nation’s gun laws. The remaining 6 percent of voters have no opinion.
Overall, support for stricter gun laws is greater than in 2016 and 2017 — including in the days immediately following the mass murder of 57 concertgoers in Las Vegas last October. But it is down slightly from a spike of 70 percent last month right after the shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The latest POLITICO/Morning Consult survey was conducted March 29-April 1 — following the nationwide March for Our Lives rallies, but before the most recent shooting, on Tuesday at YouTube’s offices in San Bruno, California.
First, let’s address the impact the YouTube shooting will have on the gun debate. Basically, it’ll have none. It’ll disappear off the news cycle in a day or two. Why? It didn’t fit any of the left’s narrative. The shooter was female, non-white, left-leaning based on her support of PETA and veganism. There was nothing to tie her to the NRA or their preferred narrative for this kind of shooting.
As a result, she’ll soon be forgotten, and the YouTube shooting will amount to nothing.
Now, why is there a drop in support for gun control despite the full-court press by the media? Well, for one thing, people are sick of it. David Hogg isn’t exactly the greatest spokesperson for much of anything. He’s young, yes, but he’s also arrogant, foul-mouthed, doesn’t understand the topic at hand, and is pretty damn unlikeable.
People want to pay less and less attention to him and his compatriots.
Further, fewer and fewer of the leftist media outlets are covering much in the way of guns these days. That drives it out of people’s limited attention spans.
Additionally, at least some of it has to be the result of pro-Second Amendment advocates making valid points. While they may be feeling like they’re beating their heads against a wall, they’re not. They won’t convince the people they’re arguing with, but there are undecideds out there. Some people are kind of wishy-washy in their support for gun control.
That is the audience, and we’re swaying them. Slowly, but it’s happening. As a result, we see a dip in those who support pointless laws, and that’s a good thing. So all of you out there, keep it up!