Gun control advocates love to tout opinion polls in the immediate aftermath of mass shootings. Without very much critical thinking, people react emotionally to questions like, “Should the age to buy a rifle be raised from 18 to 21?”
After a few weeks or months, once people have better educated themselves on firearms issues, polls tend to change from the emotional to the rational. People become more knowledgeable regarding the broader implications and unintended consequences of so-called “reasonable” gun control. Americans’ support for gun control usually weakens with knowledge.
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