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    http://blog.timesunion.com/...

    http://tv.msnbc.com/...

    http://thehill.com/...

    I completely agree that the American people are not fundamentally liberal... but where are you getting the science that says the AWB is some kind of game-changer?  I can't find any non-NRA polling where it isn't overwhelmingly popular...

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    by TooFolkGR on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:19:47 AM PST

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    •  that first link was NY only (0+ / 0-)

      and 58% in favor of an "assault weapons ban" must be taken with a grain of salt.

      here is the nitty gritty on the poll cited at your msnbc link:

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

      Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on semi-automatic handguns, which automatically re-load every time the trigger is pulled?

      51%

      Q: Would you support or oppose a law requiring a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons?

      58%

      Q: For each item I name, please tell me how much, if at all, you think it contributes to gun violence in this country: the availability of assault weapons?

      45%

      only 45% of the respondents said "a great deal" and only 28% said "somewhat." neither of those is a majority.  yes, when combined, the number is formidable, but those are still discrete positions whose support doesn't necessarily overlap.    

      and i'm very sad to say that a lot of people are misinformed about how much "assault weapons" really contribute to u.s. gun deaths.  i wonder how many people would still support an AWB when they realize it would fail to address 98% of our gun death problem, e.g., a majority of u.s. gun deaths are from handguns. and a majority of them are suicides.

      also, you can shave several percentage points off of that 58% simply because "assault weapons" was not defined at all.  who knows what people had in mind when they ticked off "yes."

      it's one hell of a sticky wicket, mang.

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      by Cedwyn on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:10:29 AM PST

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