While the Parkland kids got invited to Hollywood premiers and pretty much every prime time news slot the anti-gun media could manufacture for them, there still remained a question about just how much they actually accomplished. It’s a fair question.
Florida enacted some gun control measures in the immediate aftermath of Parkland, so there’s that, but nothing has passed nationally. Yet that’s not the only measure of their potential effectiveness, right?
Have they been effective in other ways?
The Parkland, Florida, school massacre has had little lasting impact on U.S. views on gun control, three months after the shooting deaths of 17 people propelled a national movement by some student survivors, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday.
While U.S. public support for more gun control measures has grown slowly but steadily over the years, it typically spikes immediately after the mass shootings that have become part of the U.S. landscape, then falls back to pre-massacre levels within a few months.
The pollfound that 69 percent of American adults supported strong or moderate regulations or restrictions for firearms, down from 75 percent in late March, when the first poll was conducted following the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The new poll numbers are virtually unchanged from pre-Parkland levels.
The latest poll surveyed 3,458 adults from May 5 to 17. That was before the May 18 shooting in Texas, at Santa Fe High School near Houston, that killed 10 people.
Of course, the Reuters poll shows a similar trend to the Gallup poll we mentioned earlier today, namely that support for gun control is dropping. Their numbers are very different, but the overall point remains. Support for gun control is typically short-lived in the wake of an attack.
The Parkland kids tried to change that, of course, and the media sure as hell helped them along, but in the end, Americans aren’t crazy about rights being curtailed when they’re not hopped up on emotion.
It doesn’t help their case that they’ve been pushing a whole list of gun control items and then Santa Fe happened, which undermined everything. While another school attack would, theoretically, help their cause, the fact that literally none of the proposals being typically discussed would have done a damn thing to have prevented the attack that killed 10 and left 10 wounded, but was stopped by a couple of good guys with guns.
You know, the very same thing folks like us say stop attacks?
David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez are pushing for whatever, but at the end of the day, they’re just another couple of anti-gun activists with a chip on their shoulder who think they should be taken more seriously than they are despite the near constant barrage of nonsense they spew. They offer nothing new except their victimhood, which only goes so far, even with people inclined to take such things into account.
At the end of the day, they’re nothing really new. They’re just people who don’t understand the Constitution who want to take guns away from the law-abiding because they labor under the false belief that it will make things better.
No wonder little has come of it.