The proposal that appeared to have the best chance of passage last week was modest enough. It would simply have expanded criminal background checks to include guns sold at gun shows and via the Internet, a step supported by 90 percent of Americans, according to polls.
Fallacy number one. The Senate legislation contained far more than simple background checks…which is largely why it failed. Ms. Tucker doesn’t go into the meat of the bill….because it simply doesn’t fit her narrative.
But as hunting has become less popular and as the number of households owning guns has declined, the ranks of gun owners have become over-represented by conspiracy theorists and assorted crazies and kooks. They can be easily persuaded that the government is on a mission to confiscate their firearms.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports that a new survey shows 79 percent of the American public approve of hunting. This marks the highest level of support for hunting since 1995, according to data compiled by Responsive Management, an independent research firm.
And Fallacy number three.
Forty-seven percent of American adults currently report that they have a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property. This is up from 41% a year ago and is the highest Gallup has recorded since 1993, albeit marginally above the 44% and 45% highs seen during that period.
And she ties it up in a neat little leftist bow….with racism.
There is little doubt that paranoia is amplified by the presence of a black president, who represents the deepest fears of right-wing survivalist types. So it was probably naive to expect that he could drum up support for more reasonable gun safety measures.
And there you have it. Never mind that firearm owners and rights advocates oppose the emotionally reflexive hatchet job to Constitutional rights…..with a campaign that is founded upon lie after lie after lie. Nope….we’re just big ol’ racists.