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The Public Disconnect Over More Gun Laws: Fear Reigns

Monday, July 25, 2016 — The latest public poll on guns may be the most accurate perception of the realities of controlling guns in America. The AP/Gfk poll finds that slightly less than two-thirds of poll respondents support stricter gun laws. What the poll didn’t do – as we wish this and all other polls would do – is measure the motive behind the answers: the “why.” The very basic causality of a response is a better key to understanding the results. Polls are interested in numbers, not inspiration. Instead, pollsters leave the reasoning for answers up to speculation. So here goes…

Nearly everyone agrees that there are roughly a bit over one hundred million guns among the three hundred million American population. There’s your 1/3rd vs. 2/3rd poll equation. The two-third majority Americans most accurately reported as living in urban conclaves do not own guns and are largely dependent on public protection; the one-third minority who live in suburban and rural areas tend to be heavily armed and independent. The result: the unarmed population believe what they read and what they hear and therefore fear for their safety in a system universally constricted to after-the-fact resolution: the cops don’t arrive until the crime has been committed. The urbanites are thus victimized by the media lie of less guns equal less crime and, where you live – such as apartments, condominiums, gated communities, and other communed conclaves – becomes a buffer that keeps crime from happening at home. But, away from home, those inhabitants become terrified statistics without personal protection and with post-criminal susceptibility: carjackings, robberies, rapes, attacks, and mass shootings at malls, café zones, schools, and other public gathering places.

Their only recourse, then, is to believe the news, and the “news” media plays to that audience using fear as a sales motive for things – like guns – that they – the media – don’t understand. In their minds, more background checks are better than some background checks; restricting specific guns such as semi-auto pistols and rifles, the latter being the most obvious “target” of a frightened gun- misinformed public, forming the inauguration of a permanent solution. If the dependent public were asked, “Do you want more gun background checks,” the answer would likely be “yes” because, if they don’t own a gun, “yes” is a no-brainer and suggests multi-coveted safety even if not personally impactful. Ask them if they want more taxes and the answer would likely be “no” because taxes will definitely affect them.

Media consistently uses the NRA as their go-to boogyman; it is easier to make a body politic susceptible to criticism than to accept culpability as a “don’t blame the messenger” partner in the public fear application. Lately, media has colluded with gun control groups to include the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) as the hated “gun lobby,” that latter phrase as the reincarnation of an organization opposed to gun safety. And that’s because the gun haters have failed continuously with their various campaigns to either eliminate or at least restrict guns of any sort from the public consciousness. Keeping the public afraid of guns is the media’s version of a Sermon On The Mount of public service, and any opposition to the contrary becomes grounds for political castigation, as we will all see this week as the Democratic National (Media) Convention gets underway.

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