Poll: Blame Mental Issues Not Guns


The left’s standing policy of never letting a tragedy go to waste when it comes to pushing gun control in the wake of gun violence is falling flat yet again with the public. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, Americans are unwilling to blame guns for the recent shooting of two journalists in Roanoke, Va.

No matter how much Obama and his supporters may wish it otherwise, the simple fact is that the public is not buying the idea of passing more gun laws in order to stop the problem of shootings by the mentally disturbed. They aren’t even interested in laws that would be aimed at preventing those with mental health problems from acquiring weapons, presumably because the public realizes that the government would be in charge of deciding who is (and isn’t) sane enough to have a weapon.

The recent survey found that only 29% of the public think that stricter gun laws would have prevented the shooting in Virginia, while 60% believe that more gun laws wouldn’t have prevented it at all. Those results are consistent with previous ones in the wake of the shooting of Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords. Add to that the fact that 68% of those surveyed believe that the real problem is mental health issues, and the case against more gun control is even more solid. That result is also consistent with previous surveys after the Sandy Hook shootings in Connecticut.

It appears the bottom line is that Americans are unwilling to surrender their Second Amendment rights for an illusion of safety. The politicians on the left simply can’t seem to take the hint that the people are not buying what they are selling. The voters believe our bigger problem is a failure to address issues with mental health, and perhaps that problem really is starting in Washington. Isn’t repeating the same action over and over again, while expecting a different result the definition of insanity? Perhaps someone needs to tell the left that, so they stop calling for gun control, and start digging into the mess that is our current mental health care system.

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