A long career as a reporter has convinced me that gun control
usually loses. The District of Columbia passed a tough gun bill some
years ago but the Supreme Court struck it down, citing the Second
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, "...the right of the people to
keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Pretty tough.
So this time the gun control people are pushing milder proposals
which don't as directly involve all guns-- a ban on semiautomatic
weapons or on magazines which hold more than a certain number of
bullets. How are they doing?
The Washington Post has a poll this week that offers some hints.
It asks: Would you support a ban on semiautomatic handguns,
which automatically reload every time the trigger is pulled? Women
support—60 to 35; men oppose, 58 to 40. Would you support a
nationwide ban on assault weapons? Women support, 66 to 30; men
support 50 to 48. Do you or does anyone in your house own a gun?
Women, yes--15, no--81; men, yes--44, no--53.
Straws in the wind, that's all.