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CPRC at LifeZette: “No, 90% Don’t Want More Background Checks”

19 Jan , 2016  

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John Lott has an op-ed at LifeZette on whether there is the claimed support for background checks on private gun transfers.

Gun control advocates like President Obama keep claiming that 80 to 90 percent of Americans are in favor of expanded background check legislation. Only, it’s not true.

Liberal fact checkers were less than thrilled with any objections to this false orthodoxy. PolitiFact’s Lauren Carroll cites a series of polls from Quinnipiac University, CBS/New York Times, Gallup and others to buttress claims the figure is on target.

But these polls really ask little more than whether people want to stop criminals from obtaining guns. They don’t ask whether voters favor actual legislation that would actually impose background checks on the private transfer of guns.

Somehow, Carroll managed to avoid any of the polls that were done on specific legislation. Take an April 2013 Pew Research Center poll, which asked voters whether they were happy that the U.S. Senate had voted down legislation on background checks for private gun transfers. While 67 percent of Democrats were “disappointed” or “angry” about the defeat, both Republicans (51 percent to 34 percent) and independents (48 to 41) were generally happy that it had been stopped. . . .

The rest of the piece is available here.

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2 Responses

  1. TeeJaw says:

    If all background checks, with private transfers or FFLs, were done away with tomorrow it would have little or no effect on gun crime. Criminals apparently cannot be disarmed no matter what or how it is tried. Illicit markets always adapt to whatever in thrown in their path.

  2. Roy M says:

    TEEJAW is correct! More gun control laws impact the law abiding citizen and have NO impact on criminal. We don’t even enforce the laws currently on the books, so how are more laws going to help?

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