Monday, April 20, 2009

Rasmussen Reports: 70% Oppose Gun Restrictions to Fight Mexican Cartels

Even now that the myth that "90%" of illicit guns used in Mexico are coming from the U.S. has been thoroughly debunked (barely 17% of illegal weapons in Mexico come from the U.S.), the talking point has stuck, as today's Washington Post Op-ed by E. J. Dionne on "standing up to the gun lobby" shows.

However, the public isn't buying.

A new poll released this morning from Rasmussen Reports shows 70% of Americans oppose new gun restrictions as a strategy to fight drug cartel crime. Americans seem to understand better than U.S. politicians that the Mexican government's exaggerations and blame-the-gringos game are mostly developed for domestic political consumption, not from a true belief additional restrictions on U.S. buyers will actually staunch the flow of illicit arms to the Mexican cartels. (Click here to read earlier analysis of the true source of Mexican drug violence.)

Watch the Rasmussen Report video here.
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P.S. I generally have a lot of respect for E. J. Dionne. But as usual, when it comes to discussion of firearms, gun control seems to remain the one policy topic on which members of the press don't feel obligated to educate themselves about before regurgitating one-sided, intentionally misleading press releases.

Come on E. J. -- you're better than that, aren't you?

How about an expose on the intentional lack of border controls going into and out of Mexico by land, air or sea?

You might also want to learn a few basics about the types of weapons you are lumping together under the politically useful but technically meaningless label of "assault weapon" before you continue to vilify public ownership of semi-automatic rifles as the cause of Mexico's destabilization.

2 comments:

brian r said...

Thanks Zak. This is great news. It drives me absolutely crazy when news reporters know nothing about the guns that they are vilifying. I often here them refer to semi auto guns as automatics. They also often talk about these outrageously powerful "assault weapons" (they are usually talking about guns chambered in 5.56x45and 7.62x39) when in reality most hunting rifles are far more powerful than guns used for defense. I wonder what they would think if they found out that most of our "assault weapons" fire a cartridge that is best used for killing ground squirrels.

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