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Most voters think the government needs to address gun violence, including a majority of those living in gun-owning households.

Seventy-one percent of registered voters say gun violence is a major problem that needs attention from the government, according to the latest Fox News Poll. The only issue tested that voters are more concerned about is the opioid addiction crisis, with 79 percent saying it’s a major problem. About two-thirds, 65 percent, say the same of climate change.



The poll, conducted May 11-14, was completed before Friday's mass shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, where 13 people were killed including the gunman. It was the deadliest mass shooting since November when a gunman killed 12 people at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., before killing himself.

Majorities across the board agree gun violence is a significant issue the government should work on, including those in households with a gun (64 percent), Democrats (89 percent), independents (58 percent), Republicans (54 percent), men (68 percent), women (75 percent), voters under age 45 (69 percent) and those 45 and over (73 percent), whites (68 percent) and nonwhites (82 percent).



Would stricter gun control laws help? Nearly half think they would. Forty-seven percent say "passing stricter gun control laws" would make the country safer. That's a slight increase from last year when 44 percent felt that way, but shy of the 52 percent high in June 2016, shortly after the Orlando nightclub shooting.



Nearly one voter in five, 19 percent, believes stricter gun laws will make the U.S. less safe, up from 12 percent last year.

Close to one-third (32 percent) say stricter laws will make no difference either way, down from 42 percent in 2018.

Among gun-owning households, 26 percent think harsher laws will make the country less safe, up 11 points from 2018. The shift comes from a 13-point drop in those believing the laws would not make a difference: 37 percent vs. 50 percent last year. Thirty-five percent say they will make the U.S. safer, similar to last year (33 percent).

President Trump’s job approval rating on guns remains underwater by 11 points (40 percent approval vs. 51 percent disapproval), a slight improvement from -14 points last year.


Trump does worse on health care (-19 points) and immigration (-13), and better or the same on taxes (-11) and border security (-5).



Conducted May 11-14, 2019 under the joint direction of Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company (R), this Fox News Poll includes interviews with 1,008 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide who spoke with live interviewers on both landlines and cellphones. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for all registered voters.



https://www.foxnews.com/politi...nment-should-address


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News polls were proved unreliable in 2016.


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Personally, I do not believe any of these delusional, wet dreamish polls.
 
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All in how it is worded.


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Most never hear or read any news of defensive use of firearms which happens frequently but does not fit MSM narrative including Fox News which has been running to the left in recent years since change of management. The MSM narrative is that guns are for murdering.

The same Kim Foxx that let off that moron for 14 felonies for faking a hate crime has also shown she is very lenient on violent offenders including those who use a gun to commit a crime often. Recently it was revealed a whole lot of Crook County violent felony criminals are under house arrest. I wonder what average Americans would think about that if they were polled about it. The question could be - "Would you object to having a very violent criminal in your immediate neighborhood staying at home with just an ankle bracelet to monitor him? Yes or no?

https://abc7chicago.com/hundre...are-missing/5133470/


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Well another way to look at it is any amount of 'gun violence' should be addressed. The question I see is not should it be addressed but how. I have a solution but it is not an easy fix, which people always want... but a long term commitment. Also, most politicians and I expect all the anti gun folks would have a fit over this.

mandatory education on firearm safety... handling and the legal responsibilities that go along with gun ownership. This education would start in grade school and continue all the way though high school.

The problem is not guns but people and their lack of training... trying to prohibit something a large part of society has and wants is always a mistake... you'd think we'd learn from history.
 
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Who wouldn't want gun violence or any other violence addressed?

The key is to address it without trampling over our rights. That requires digging much deeper into the root cause of why there are individuals that want to cause harm.

Gun control (such as some sort of ban) is the cheap, easy, lazy and also ineffective way to address this.
 
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Then they'd want knife control as in other countries. People bent on murder will always figure out another weapon of choice.


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If you remove thug on thug violence in heavily democratic areas from the "statistics", the US doesn't have a "gun violence" problem.

How many homicides does Chicago have each year outside of the south side?


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Who wouldn't want gun violence or any other violence addressed?

The key is to address it without trampling over our rights. That requires digging much deeper into the root cause of why there are individuals that want to cause harm.

Gun control (such as some sort of ban) is the cheap, easy, lazy and also ineffective way to address this.


But, it does nothing. NOTHING. In the late 90's, we battled the meth epidemic that hit here. The legislature banned or highly regulated everything involved in cooking meth. Now, it comes from Mexico in hundred pound shipments. Back then, you were doing something if you seized an ounce. Now, you ain't doing shit unless you seize 10-20 pounds or more.

Guns will just flow openly north across the border when the market demands it, just like it did with meth. But, it won't be Taurus or Jennings. It will be full auto AKs, RPKs, grenades, etc. That will really make the south side of Chicago safer, right?


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Here's the reality: Murder rates in the US.

The murder rate rose in 2015 and 2016, and subsided slightly in 2017. None the less, the current (2017) rate is still less than any year before 2008 (back to the mid-1960s). Firearms murders are about 55%-65% of all murders. We are not in the midst of a gun violence epidemic.

However, we are in the midst of a Democrats lying epidemic.



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http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/uscrime.htm



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Who wouldn't want gun violence or any other violence addressed?

The key is to address it without trampling over our rights. That requires digging much deeper into the root cause of why there are individuals that want to cause harm.

Gun control (such as some sort of ban) is the cheap, easy, lazy and also ineffective way to address this.


The vast majority of murder is committed by black men between 17 and 35. It's linked to gangs and drugs.

For the two age groups with the highest murder rate: 17-19 and 20-24, the black murder rate is 8-9 times the white murder rate. Those black murder rates, at about 45 and 46 murders per 100k population, are at third-world levels of murder (like Honduras and El Salvador).

Another point, whites have a higher percentage of gun ownership than blacks, yet have a much smaller murder rate. That's a good indication legally owned firearms are not driving murders.

Look at the totals for each race (right side of chart). If you remove the black murder rate from the nation's overall murder rate, the national murder rate would be around 2.0. That's at near European levels of murder. We don't have a gun-violence problem, we have a black gang-violence problem.



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Murder Data:
https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-t...ide-data-table-2.xls

Population Data:
https://www.census.gov/data/da...t/nation-detail.html



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This tells you how naive people are, the main stream media has successfully brainwashed these people. i am not saying the psycho/school shootings are not issues but they are blown out of proportion by the media and now a high percent of people think if a grave nation wide issue.


It's the [N]IMBY priciple. Suburban school shootings resonate with soccer-mom demographic. If the media reported on all the urban-black shootings, at first they'd say it was terrible, but wouldn't be overly concerned about it, since they live in the 'Burbs and it doesn't effect them. Later, they'd ignore it from burn-out.

School shooting resonate, because they occur in neighborhoods like theirs, to kids like theirs. The statistics really don't matter to them. they see this as a threat to their children. Remember the group's name is "Mom's Demand Action". It's marketing genius, really.



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Survey questions are commonly phrased to elicit the answers the surveyors want to hear.

"Do you think mentally disturbed people should be allowed to buy guns?"

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"Do you think you should have to have a psychiatrist examine you to get a license to buy a gun?
 
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"Gun Violence" is Media "Buzz Words" much like "Gun Show Loophole".

If it's a catchy phrase, the Media will use it to instill fear of an object.


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I don't trust any poll run by the media. They are not random and do not use methods to provide an unbiased result.




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a new study came out recently using GBI and CDC stats. It basically says its not a matter of what guns are out there but rather who owns them. Essentially saying the gun violence problem is a problem with criminals owning them. Could this data be useful in crafting the right laws to ensure gun owners rights while removing more of the criminal element?

https://www.bu.edu/articles/20...t-reduce-gun-deaths/
 
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a new study came out recently using GBI and CDC stats. It basically says its not a matter of what guns are out there but rather who owns them. Essentially saying the gun violence problem is a problem with criminals owning them. Could this data be useful in crafting the right laws to ensure gun owners rights while removing more of the criminal element?

https://www.bu.edu/articles/20...t-reduce-gun-deaths/


Criminals don't abide by laws so how could any additional laws be created to fix that? There are already tens of thousands of gun control laws at the state and federal level. IMO a much bigger problem lies with arresting and prosecuting violent criminals which is almost a joke in many parts of the country. Sanctuary cities are another huge problem where violent criminal illegal aliens are protected by progressives. See articles below as an example.

https://www.thetruthaboutguns....on-home-confinement/

https://www.thetruthaboutguns....ease-justice-system/


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Many years ago a President, I don't recall which one, said, "Statistics are like hookers, once you have them in your hand you can get them to do pretty much what you want."


Why are we encouraged not to judge all Muslims by the lunatics BUT are encouraged to judge all gun owners by the very few lunatics? Ironic?
 
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