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  •  that first link was NY only (0+ / 0-)

    and 58% in favor of an "assault weapons ban" must be taken with a grain of salt.

    here is the nitty gritty on the poll cited at your msnbc link:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

    Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on semi-automatic handguns, which automatically re-load every time the trigger is pulled?

    51%

    Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons?

    58%

    Q: For each item I name, please tell me how much, if at all, you think it contributes to gun violence in this country: the availability of assault weapons?

    45%

    only 45% of the respondents said "a great deal" and only 28% said "somewhat." neither of those is a majority.  yes, when combined, the number is formidable, but those are still discrete positions whose support doesn't necessarily overlap.    

    and i'm very sad to say that a lot of people are misinformed about how much "assault weapons" really contribute to u.s. gun deaths.  i wonder how many people would still support an AWB when they realize it would fail to address 98% of our gun death problem, e.g., a majority of u.s. gun deaths are from handguns. and a majority of them are suicides.

    also, you can shave several percentage points off of that 58% simply because "assault weapons" was not defined at all.  who knows what people had in mind when they ticked off "yes."

    it's one hell of a sticky wicket, mang.

    Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

    by Cedwyn on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:10:29 AM PST

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