Monday, June 8, 2009

Parade Poll Backfires

Parade Magazine recently published a short article entitled “Despite Recent Violence, Gun Laws Are Softening.” It’s a typical push-piece with one quote from the NRA to provide the illusion of balance. The other 90% of the article is bemoaning the fact that gun laws are becoming less restrictive. Included with the article is one of those “unscientific polls.” I’m certain that Parade thought the people reading this story would hit the “correct” response more often than not, but something tells me this poll backfired on them. The question:

“Should states loosen restrictions on guns?”

When I voted, it was 94% “Yes”. Wow. Something tells me that wasn’t the answer the article of the piece wanted to hear after spending four out of five paragraphs telling us how bad things are in the U.S. because of our “lax” firearm laws.

Thanks to everyone who upended this one!

Until next time!!!

4 comments:

Micah said...

Love it!

Fingolfen said...

Yeah - pretty fun! :D

Nick Jesch said...

Pretty encouraging, too. Its great when someone does a poll, ever so slightly "rigs" it in any of several ways, then gets a landslide which takes the house they were wanting to build right down the hill...... This "backlash" is one of two things coming out of the present administration that I think are good directions. I so not recall ever seeing so much press coverage about guns, ownership, laws, etc, and the unprecedented skyrocketing increase in purchases of arms and ammunition has been put squarely in the public's face..... and yet, with millions of new purchases, we see no significant rise in firearms misuse. OH sure, some factions are getting hysterical about it all, but that ilk have their knickers well knotted ere they ever put them on. Their barmy whinges don't seem to be carrying the ball down-pitch at all...... and they are often overplaying their hand to the point many are being discounted for their folly. The only frightening bit is that there are far too many legislators, at state and national level, of the ilk of Pelosi, Reid, Feinstein..... so we must remain very vigilant lest they carry the day.

Fingolfen said...

I agree with you Nick - but I think the one important thing to remember is that once someone becomes a gun owner, their perception of the issue is going to change. They have a horse in the race now, so this legislation isn't abstract, it directly impacts them. I think you're going to continue to see bastions of anti-Second BS in the large cities, but suburbia is starting to swing the other way now. Running anti-gun is going to be a good way to lose an election soon...