As Piers Morgan continues his antics on gun control, new polling data suggests that his efforts are not reaching others and are in vain. After the tragic massacre that took place at a Connecticut Elementary School this past December, public support for new restrictions on firearms jumped to 57%. A new poll conducted by CBS places support for stricter laws at 47% now. A ten percent drop over a matter of months.
Gun control has long been a third rail issue, though not as much as Social Security, it gives off some high voltage. The tragedies that have headlined news, such as the Aurora shooting, Sandy Hook, and the latest murder of an infant in coastal Georgia have bolstered the gun debate, and given some politicians enough guts to reach for that electrifying rail. President Obama and Vice-President Biden have led the charge to place bans on assault rifles, high-capacity magazines, and require background checks. Late in December the President vowed to take action. Support was high for the Administration’s measures, but other matters blocked the White House’s ambitions. The fiscal cliff, sequestration, and the Papal election dominated the mainstream media. Gun control gradually saw its way to the ends of newspapers and broadcasts.
The last of gun control?
Absolutely not. If you’re like me and watch CNN after the third loop on ESPN you likely stumble across Piers Morgan Live. If he doesn’t mention guns in five minutes, you’re viewing a miracle. As of late he has compiled a list of Senators who oppose, support, or are undecided on an assault weapons ban. He has made stricter gun legislation a personal vendetta, and criticized Harry Reid (D-NV) for taking assault weapons off the upcoming gun control bill. Though Mr. Morgan continues debating the issue, the public seems heading in a different direction. A few months ago a majority of Americans would have loved to see the White House’s plan pass. Now only background checks show a consistent majority in polling data with an unwavering 90% supporting. Even 86% among Republicans.