Despite recent mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde, and Tulsa, Americans are pessimistic that new gun safety laws will pass Congress because of partisan polarization. But even in the mythical gun-loving wild west, sheriffs wouldn’t allow guns into town.
David Yamane, a gun-owning sociologist, discusses with Reality Check’s John Avlon the disconnect between gun mythology in America and its gun culture today.
A striking number from a new poll on guns
Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
As Congress considers, again, the possibility of moving a package of gun control reforms, a number from a new CBS News/YouGov poll jumped out at me as evidence of why solving America’s gun violence problem is so hard.
It’s this: 44% of Republicans said that mass shootings are something we have to accept as part of a free society. (A majority of Republicans — 56% — said mass shootings are something we can prevent and stop if we really tried.)
That number is a striking departure from how the country as a whole views the issue. More than 7 in 10 Americans (72%) said that mass shootings could be prevented if we really tried, while just 28% said they were part of living in a free society.
Consider what those Republicans are saying: There is no policy — or cultural — solution to the problem of mass shootings. Instead, it is a necessary evil of living in a free society.
This is, of course, utter bunk.
Plenty of other free countries in the world do not have a mass shooting problem like we do in the United States.
Read more at: https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/06/politics/gun-mass-shootings-politicians-poll/index.html