As the latest round of talk over “gun control” continues due to the most recent well-publicized mass shooting incidents, naturally polls come up asking about it. I’ve heard about a particular outcome of these frequently, the remark that universal background checks get approval numbers reminiscent of sham elections in old-school dictatorships. Via the Washington Post, I find out Quinnipeac University did a poll including this question on gun laws getting the same result — 91% in this case — but also got… here, see it for yourself:
24. Do you support or oppose – requiring background checks for all gun buyers?Tot Support 91% Oppose 8 DK/NA 1
25. Do you believe that if there are background checks for all gun purchases the government will or will not use that information in the future to confiscate legally-owned guns?Tot Confiscate 48% Will not 38 DK/NA 14
The demographic breakdowns are at the original site, but with a number like 91% there ain’t much to break down for the first response. The combination of the two though…I don’t get it. The overwhelming nature of the reply on background checks means you might as well be looking at the whole sample as your subgroup, which means a decent chunk of respondents are in both that 91% category of supporting universal background checks and the 48% that conclude universal background checks = legally owned guns being taken away.
So…are the overlap folks in favor of even legal guns being taken away? Are they thinking “good, these paranoid fools should just trust the police like decent citizens”? Or are there a lot of people who just didn’t understand the question?
Either way, another reminder of the dilemma of the public will. There is a lot government does specifically against most of us, but that doesn’t mean majorities are inherently right on everything. This is especially so when most are kept ignorant on purpose.