To the dismay of leftists everywhere, America still treasures the Second Amendment: according to an AP story posted Friday, a study finds no spike in the citizenry's desire for gun control in the aftermath of the Mandalay Bay massacre. Writers Emily Swanson and Lisa Marie Pane report, “The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans’ opinions about gun laws.”
The survey, which was heavily weighted in favor of Democrats and yet still failed to aid an increased-gun-control-support narrative, seems to be one the AP isn't terribly excited to share: the article was buried so deep in its main website that even a search for “gun control” wouldn't turn it up. Only the criteria “NORC”—the polling firm responsible for the study—could locate the story.
The following is excerpted from the October 12-16 poll:
The nation is closely divided on whether restricting firearms would reduce such mass shootings or homicides, though a majority favor tighter laws as they have for several years, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research…In this latest survey, 61 percent said the country’s gun laws should be tougher, while 27 percent would rather see them remain the same and 11 percent want them to be less strict. That’s similar to the results of an AP-GfK poll in July 2016.
Despite the stated similarities between the two polls, in order to achieve the same result, the new study’s sample had to have its already-Democrat-majority raised: July’s survey culled opinions from a group comprised of 32 percent Dems and 25 percent GOP.
But to accomplish similar scores post-Mandalay Bay, the sample was even more unevenly split between 33 percent Democrat and 22 percent Republicans. In other words, despite the Left's fond hope that the murder of 58 people by a lone gunman would result in a nationwide call for stricter laws, interpretation of the findings compared to the partisan division appears to indicate an increase in the favorability of gun ownership.