News Poll Refutes Mark and Gabby Poll on ‘Terror Watch List’ Gun Ban
A poll being pushed by gun-grabbing oath-breakers Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly claims most Nevadans favor banning Americans on the government’s so-called “terror watch list” and “no fly list” from buying guns, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Monday. The effort is part of the Astroturf pile-on now that billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s minions have set loose Question 1 on an electorate largely ignorant of what so-called “background checks” are really intended to do.
Not only will that place a prior restraint on a right that, according to the supreme Law of the Land “shall not be infringed,” but, per no less an “authority” than the National Institute of Justice:
Effectiveness depends on the ability to reduce straw purchasing, requiring gun registration…
And guess who’s exempt – by law – from being required to register their guns?
But back to the “terror watch list” Mark and Gabby are so keen on: The article actually does a pretty fair job of explaining due process concerns, and how difficult it is to remove yourself from a secret list where we have no idea who is on it, let alone how names are gleaned for inclusion or how you can get off it without prohibitive time and expense. I remember years back how one guy found himself on the list for the heinous crime of taking a giant, inflatable pink pig to political rallies to protest government waste! And it’s well-documented how LE “fusion centers” take cues from the subversive SPLC to conflate Oath Keepers with domestic enemies.
Two other considerations not mentioned in the article: If being on the list is going to prevent you from buying guns, who thinks the next step won ‘t be to confiscate the guns you already own (that’s where Question 1-style registration lists can come in so handy)? And if you are a terrorist dumb enough to fill out a 4473 and submit yourself to a NICS approval, what better way to be tipped off that you’ve been made than to be told the feds won’t allow a firearm transfer to proceed?
“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.”
What was the understanding of the people being questioned about what a list ban entailed, what it could possibly accomplish, and what the reasons for not going down that path might be? What were the actual questions asked in the poll, and how might the wording have influenced the outcome?
Because it’s not readily evident from their website or social media feeds, I asked the pollster, Public Policy Polling, and have not received a reply at this writing. They’re evidently preoccupied with telling someone who objects to men using women’s bathrooms that he’s the one who needs therapy.
Still, the Las Vegas Review-Journal account leaves us a way to gauge the real world level of support for Mark and Gabby’s witch-hunting blacklist with a poll question of their own placed at the end of the story:
Should there be new laws that would bar people on the terrorist watch list and the no-fly list from purchasing firearms?
At this writing, responses are running 74% to 21% against the idea, with 4% undecided. Why not add your vote to the total?