There are some fascinating results in this poll (my cached copy is here, H/T to Brennan from work). Keep in mind all of these results are post Newtown. I have selected the poll results I find the most interesting:
Q: Do you think tougher gun laws can help stop things like the Newtown school shooting, or do you think the people who commit these kinds of acts will always find the guns to commit violent acts?
A1: Tougher laws can help stop acts—22%
A2: People will always find guns—71%
A3: Laws help, but still find ways—5%
A4: Don’t know—1%
Q: Would there be less violent crime in the United States if:
A1: Guns were banned—28%
A2: More law-abiding people had guns—58%
A3: Don’t know—15%
Q: Does anyone in your household own a gun?
A3: Don’t know/refused—5%
Q: If the government passed a law to take your guns, would you give up your guns or defy the law and keep your guns?
A1: Give up—22%
A2: Defy law—65%
A3: Don’t know—13%
All of the numbers have profound implications but look at that last one.
65% say they would defy the law! And my guess is that a fair number of the people in the “Don’t know” category said something of the equivalent of “None of your business.”
Hmmm…. there are about 315 million people in the U.S. 52% (households, not people, but still…) have guns so that is about 150 million people with guns of whom 65%, ~100 million, say they would defy the law. As of 2006 there were about 800,000 police officers of all jurisdictions. That means that if all the police sided with the government they would still be outnumbered by about 125 to 1.
Don’t bury you guns. Tell them Molon labe!