Friday, January 08, 2016

American Public Supports President's Action On Guns, But Would Prefer It Be Done By Congress

The first poll has been released on President Obama's action to close some of the background check loopholes. It is the CNN / ORC Poll -- done on January 5th and 6th of a random national sample of 1,027 adults, with a margin of error of 3 points.

It turns out that 67% of the public likes what the president is doing. They want the loopholes closed in the background check law, and they don't see it as an attack on the Second Amendment. But 54% don't like this being accomplished by use of presidential executive orders. They want the background check holes closed, but they would prefer that it be done in concert with Congress.

That's a rather naive point of view. While it's true that Congress should take action on this issue, it's also true that Congress has made it very clear that they are NOT going to do that. The president's executive actions are the only way anything is going to be done right now.

If the people really want Congress to act on this issue, then they need to flip the Congress to Democratic control in the 2016 election. Congress will do NOTHING about gun violence as long as it is controlled by right-wing Republicans.

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