Why the Orlando Shooting Won’t Lead to More Gun Control

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While leftists and moderates tends to look down on gun owners who stock up on firearms after every mass shooting, these people aren’t crazy. Not only are there more calls to restrict gun ownership in the media after these attacks, but there is often a spike in support for gun control among Americans. The nightclub shooting in Orlando is no exception.

Unsurprisingly, a Huffington Post/YouGov survey found that 55% of respondents want stricter gun control, a 7 point increase since the Orlando shooting. The poll also found that more Americans support a ban on “assault rifles,” and 86% of Americans would like to prevent people on the terror watch list from buying firearms.

An NBC poll found that 61% of Americans want tougher gun laws. And a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University has found that 58% of Americans would like to see a ban on “assault type weapons.”

Perhaps the most dramatic change was found in a CBS poll, which showed that 57% of Americans now support a ban on assault weapons (i.e. semi-automatic rifles) which is up from 44% in December. Fortunately, these numbers probably won’t last. According to the Huffington Post:

There’s no guarantee that fears raised by the Orlando shooting will even last until the election. Far from reflecting an unprecedented sea change, the newest poll shows public opinion returning to about where it was after last year’s shooting in San Bernardino, California. That attack, like a host of others before it, failed to produce much in the way of political change before the nation’s concerns dissipated.

Opinions on gun control tend to sway drastically after mass shootings, but eventually swing back like a pendulum in the weeks that follow. The overall trend in America for the past 30 years, has been more support for loosening firearm restrictions and conceal carry regulations (with the exception of a few states and municipalities of course), despite the fact that dozens of mass shootings have occurred in that time.

That’s because Americans are highly vulnerable to media hype, except when it comes to guns. If it seems like all of our well known celebrities and political figures are supporting something, then millions of Americans will back them. But when it comes to gun rights, Americans have a tendency to come to their senses after a while. The gun debate flares up after every mass shooting, and most of the time, gun owners win that debate by citing common sense and our Constitutional rights.

It just goes to show that the Second Amendment is always in the most peril immediately following a mass shooting. Once these attacks occur, the gun grabbers have a very small window of opportunity to propose and establish new laws. The American political system is simply too slow to keep up with popular sentiments, so these laws tend to fail.

Keep that in mind in the weeks ahead, and remember it when the next mass shooting happens. When the gun grabbers come out to propose new firearm restrictions, you have to stand up for your beliefs and meet them with solid, practical and ethical arguments in favor of the Second Amendment. Leftists don’t have much staying power on this issue, and they will lose over and over again if you doggedly challenge their attempts to exploit a tragedy.

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  • jim_robert

    “…a Huffington Post/YouGov survey found…”

    Bluffington Post? Gee, that’s convincing. Wonder if they polled their own readers? Y’know, like Goebbels Der Sturmer polled the Nazi party members and found 99% supported Hitler.

    My toilet paper has more truth printed on it that the Bluffington Post

  • Razedbywolvs

    86% of Americans would like to prevent people on the terror watch list from buying firearms.
    Every time i get in a argument over this it’s with the Right wing, and it’s the single biggest gun grabber issue I have seen in my lifetime. No probable cause, No charges, No trial, No guns and there probably going to water board you during investigation.
    They have finally found a bi partisan method of disarming everyone.

    • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

      The bi-partisan route has been the goal all along. Too many republicans support policies like “Stop and Frisk”-clearly a Constitutional abomination-mainly because they know it will target primarily minority groups, mainly in inner urban areas. Since it mostly affects people they care very little about, their Constitutional protections are likewise marginalized. The two party system has been engineered to pigeonhole people into distinct groups and ideologies for the purpose of keeping us divided. When tptb believe the time is right, they will coalesce the parties into a unified group, in an attempt to sway the masses toward what is meant to be the “end game”. Those who are awake will probably recognize it immediately.

      • Mary

        I agree with you except for one thing….the parties merged awhile ago. There is only ONE party…the globalist/NWO party. The 2-party system is an illusion for the dumbed down masses to divide us, as you mentioned. Mission accomplished. It’s up to the American people to stay informed and fight back against the globalists who have nefarious plans for all of us.

        • roger

          yep! 2 cheeks on the same ass…………….

  • jim_robert

    “Quemadmoeum gladuis neminem occidit, occidentis telum est.” (A sword is never a killer, it is a tool in the killer’s hands.)
    – Lucius Annaeus Seneca, circa 4 BC – 65 AD

    “Americans [have] the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust their people with arms”
    – James Madison, considered the father of the US Constitution

    “[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.”
    – Zacharia Johnson, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

    “During World War II, six million Swiss had guns and six million Jews did not.”
    – Author unknown

    “…sort of like the people who repeat foolish slogans like “guns kill” – as though guns sprout little feet when no one is looking and run around shooting people all by themselves.”
    – Doug Casey, financial columnist

    “If you don’t have to give up your car because others drive drunk with theirs, then why do you have to give up your gun because others commit crimes with theirs?”
    – Anonymous internet wag

    “When a crime is committed, does the gun go to jail?”
    – From BrotherJohn.com

    “Let’s stop playing games. The problem is people, not guns. Our society suffers from a deficiency of personal responsibility – not from an excess of personal freedom.”
    – Star Parker, African American writer and commentator

    “The horrifying truth is this: we live now in a culture that not only does not respect life, but discards it like trash — not only at the beginning of life, but also at the end, and every place in between. What has happened to us?”
    – Catholic Deacon Greg Kandra

    “…we’re also going to make it clear that when a pig gets iced that’s a good thing, and that everyone who considers himself a revolutionary should be armed, should own a gun, should have a gun in his house.”
    – Bill Ayers, leftist activist and confidant of gun control happy Barack Obama, in A Strategy To Win, appearing in New Left Notes, September 12, 1969. Note: This quote is included both show the hypocrisy of today’s anti-gun left, as well as expose them as the purveyors of violence the left has always been. This in no wise implies support of Ayers,and I am utterly against what Ayers articulates here particularly in that I have two close friends who are recently retired police

    “The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.'”
    | – HL Mencken

    “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government”
    – Thomas Jefferson, 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334

    “The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … [T]he advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any…”
    – James Madison, 1788

    “Blaming Newtown on guns is like blaming Chappaquiddick on the Oldsmobile.”
    – Ben Crystal, Personal Liberty News

    “An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.”
    – Robert A. Heinlein

    “Eliminate guns and they go to bombs, eliminate bombs and they move to poison or something else. Bad people are just bad people.”
    – “David,” otherwise anonymous internet poster.

    “The trigger is in the head, not the gun.”
    – Michael Howell

    “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.”
    —Cesare Beccaria, 1738 – 1794) Italian criminologist, jurist, philosopher,
    politician, widely considered as the most talented jurist and one of the
    greatest thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment.

    • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

      Excellent list of quotes!

    • Gil G

      Gun shootings keep happening because it’s the fun price to for open gun ownership.

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        The fail is strong with you. . .

        Where I live, there are more hammer shootings than “gun shootings.”

        Put the spoon and the paste pot on the table, and step away slowly

    • I like them all except for the totally inaccurate one about 6 million jews, no matter how many times that lie is repeated it will remain, forever, a lie. At least the world is waking up to this obscene nonsense finally! TRUTH is the ONLY way forward!

      One great soul at a time they are waking up to this mental poison that has been vomited upon them for the better part of the last century, videos like this give me true hope for a much brighter future: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0_BZphQ7Qo

      Anybody attempting to denigrate honestly like that will be outed for what they truly are. The NWO is trying to outrun the awakening that is visible in that video.

  • jim_robert

    HOW EFFECTIVE IS GUN CONTROL?
    A 2000 study by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms revealed that 47% of guns used for crime are obtained via a straw purchase, while another 26% are stolen. So, how effective is firearms control in practice? In gun-control happy Chicago – which has banned guns for all practical purposes – the city has become the leading “alpha” city for gun murders in the world. 2012 ended with around five hundred murders in the city. http://news.yahoo.com/chicago-reaches-500-homicides-fatal-shooting-145951769.html – sixty of which were children! In fact, “gun free” Chicago had more murders than the entire nation of Japan in 2012, and actually, as of April 2013, was averaging one shooting every 6.3 hours http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/04/rahmaland-one-shooting-every-63-hours.html. Corrupt socialism will do that for you!

    For comparison, drug war ridden Mexico City has 8.0 murders a year per 100,000 population, Moscow 9.6, Sao Paolo 15.6 and Chicago 19.4. Similarly, Washington DC, which has banned concealed carry since 1975, has one of the highest rates of murder in the U.S. And of course, one might also have the temerity to ask why there are no theatre, mall or school shootings in Israel, where a goodly percentage of the population is armed, including fully automatic weapons. (Picture from http://janmorganmedia.com/2012/12/why-you-dont-hear-about-any-school-shootings-in-israel/ )
    Let’s examine Chicago and a similar size city, Houston, which has concealed carry. How do they compare?
    Chicago , IL Houston , TX
    Population 2.7 million 2.15 million
    Median HH income $38,600 $37,000
    % African-American 32.9% 24%
    % Hispanic 28.9% 44%
    % Asian 5.5% 6%
    % non-Hispanic White 31.7% 26%
    A reasonably similar matchup -until:
    Chicago, IL Houston, TX
    Concealed carry gun law No Yes
    # of gun stores 0 84 dedicated gun shops, 1500 places to buy guns (Walmart, etc.)
    Homicides, 2012 506 207
    Homicides per 100k 18.4 9.6
    Average January
    high temp, F 31 63

    Presumably the leftist conclusion from the above is that cold weather causes shootings! Am I exaggerating? Here is a woman on a university campus, circulating a petition to have pressure cookers banned because they cause bombings: http://www.ijreview.com/2013/04/49187-college-students-sign-petition-to-ban-pressure-cookers/

    • Someguy

      Probably because they use missiles to hit those targets.

  • Donna

    Lying Leftists don’t have much staying power on this issue, and they will lose over and over again if you doggedly challenge their lies & BS to exploit a tragedy.

    There

    fixed it for ya

  • Sir TuberKopf

    Statistically gun owners are far more likely to shift their vote based on that one issue, gun control.

    The liberal left may speak loudly on that issue, but it rarely causes them to shift their vote.

    If there are critical non-gun issue in an election year, like the economy, national defense, etc liberals will vote those issues ignoring the gun stance of politicians.

    Obama, by bringing in Jihadists and arming them seems to be trying to tie gun control to terrorists control. Since this terrorist is known to have had FBI, DHS connections that seemingly helped him, this risks blowing up in the democrats faces.

    The FBI just weeks before this attack were alerted to Omar the Jihadist, but following stand down orders that came direct from Obama, they ignored the terrorist because he was Muslim. Now if it had been a Tea Party white Christian grandmother type they’d a sent a couple swat teams after her.

  • Stewpedaso

    Did you know if you read just the first sentence of every paragragh you get the short version of everything said….pretty sweet.

  • RedWhiteBlue

    It’s not a gun problem, it’s a Muslim problem.
    Been convicted of felony? No gun.
    Addicted to drugs? No gun.
    Dishonerably discharged from military? No gun.
    Wear bed sheets? No gun.
    Wear towel on head? No gun.
    Non assimilate to America? No gun.
    Patriotic to foreign country? No gun.
    Stink up entire neighborhood with mogadishu perfume? No gun.
    Any affiliation to a mosque? No gun.

    • I prefer constitutional carry, personally. Crime will go down by default if everyone could own whatever they wanted and carry it anywhere. There wouldn’t be any of these mass shootings, you’d be executed after the first few trigger pulls.

    • Gil G

      Except for the mass shootings committed by White guys.

  • if more woke up to this
    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/06/18/big-trick-hybrid-op-at-orlando-or-just-another-sandy-hoax/

    then there would be a bigger push back against the progressives…..

  • Boop Gahev

    Don’t count on it. Be sure and contact your Masters and let them know what you think.

  • Matthew

    They are not counting on these scripted events to facilitate mass support for gun control. A lot of people believe that these hoaxes failed because they didn’t lead to gun control. That is what the perpetrators of this insidious attack on our country want you to believe. These events are meant to, as Eric Holder put it, “brainwash America into thinking differently about guns.” He also said they have to be repetitive. The idea is to use the media, via the coverage of these events, to gradually implant ideas such as guns are awful, dangerous and only available because of gun lobbies and nut cases into the minds of young Americans. They have been completely successful in this regard as the anti-gun message gets pumped into millions of homes 24/7 after these events and they keep happening over and over and over and over again. I know many of us see right through it but 3/4 of Americans don’t even bother to think about the information presented by the media before they accept it. How many years will Americans be able to withstand such pervasive propaganda? 5-10? possibly. 20? difficult to imagine.

  • Frank

    “Banning” anything is simply avoidance and cowardice, an attempt to make something go away, out of fear and the cognitive inability to confront and overcome the true problem/challenge. The banning of books – fear of an informed and knowledgeable populace. The banning of descriptive names? Fear of the honest attribution of fault.