Emily Ekins is a calm voice of reason in a turbulent sea of distorted agenda-driven media. Perhaps that’s why she is a contributor to reason.com. She can afford to be calm because she has the data to not only back up her poll results but also to address tire-kicking questions like ‘if the polls we see on the media outlets show different results how can I tell who is correct?’
You can check out her video coverage here or make the jump to see the highlights I’d like to add to this edition of Firearm Facts- Not Feelings. Despite the fact that the poll finds there is a slim majority in favor of a ban on A-WORDs
Some facts to take away from these poll results:
- Even though the Reason-Rupe poll uses the same pollster as the Pew Research Center, asked a different way, Pew finds majority support for a ban on assault style weapons 55 to 40 percent. This suggests that question wording can significantly impact what considerations are brought to mind when respondents answer questions and thus impact their responses.
- Regardless, response variability across polls demonstrates support for an assault weapons ban is not as clear cut as some may have previously thought.
- The majority of 18-24 year olds support ownership of a friendly neighborhood AR-15 (or I imagine a BLK since many of the young consider themselves ‘progressive’). Nice work alienating your base to start off this term, White House.
- People who we need to educate include those over 54 and people who are unfamiliar with firearms