This week’s fatal shooting of 19 elementary school students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, resulted in renewed calls from the left for stricter gun control. Many voices demand stripping law-abiding Americans of their 2nd Amendment rights as a knee-jerk reaction to the tragedy.
Everything from universal background checks and banning assault-style weapons to new age restrictions and even changing the Constitution appears to be fair game. However, the nation is divided politically and there is limited public pressure for such moves.
Because of this, experts say, there is little chance the left will get its way.
A national Gallup poll from earlier this year found that only 36% of Americans are unhappy with and want stricter gun control laws. The total of respondents satisfied (41%), dissatisfied and advocating less strict laws (13%), or dissatisfied and wanting no change (7%) totaled 61%.
More polling results, this time from a Pew Research Center survey, shows 38% agree with the Republican position on gun control and 37% agree with the Democratic stand.
Gallup research also shows a historical trend of public opinion swinging in favor of tighter gun measures after previous mass school shootings such as Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Parkland. These spikes in favor of stricter gun control, however, proved temporary.
On one thing the radical left is correct. There is no question the U.S. is a global outlier in its relationship with firearms. The birth and shaping of the nation is intricately linked to an armed citizenry, and for at least half of the country that relationship is a cultural bedrock.
The global Small Arms Survey finds 120 guns for every 100 Americans, over double the total of the second-place Falkland Islands. Roughly 46% of the world’s civilian guns are in the U.S., and Gallup polling shows about 44% of adults live in a home with a firearm.
Ask residents of Chicago or Washington D.C. how effective strict gun control laws are at curbing violence. Criminals line up for background checks nowhere on Earth, and they are unlikely to simply hand over illegal guns for the greater good. In other words, the radical elements will fail.