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Published: Saturday, April 13 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

BYU just conducted a poll which shows 85 percent desire greater gun restrictions. Still feeling skeptical?

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Kind of depends on the definition of "gun control measures"

Certainly the NRA has labeled background checks as "gun control"

According to a recent BYU poll

"Some 82 percent of Utahns support expanding background checks to cover all potential gun buyers"

So, feel free to question BYU's polling data, but it is consistent with other national polls, including a recent CNN poll

"The 86% figure from the CNN/ORC poll is in line with just about every other national survey released over the past couple of months, which found support for increased background checks hovering around the 90% level"

I suspect that Ms Sueltz is more concerned that the majority of Americans disagree with her.

A better question is "why are our legislators not listening"?

And before you go on a Constitutional rant, the Supreme court has ruled that background checks are not Unconstitutional.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

There aren't statistics enough in the world to change anybody's mind on this issue either way.

JoeCapitalist2
Orem, UT

I have very little confidence in polls in general. It is way too easy to word the questions so that you can draw whatever conclusion you want.

Example:

Question: Do you favor measures that may prevent a homicidal maniac from shooting up your local school? (Y/N)

vs.

Question: Do you support measures that will make it harder for you to protect yourself from an intruder in your home? (Y/N)

Would anyone be surprised if the first poll showed 90% "in favor of gun control" while the second poll would only show 10% in favor? While this may be an extreme example, more subtle examples happen all the time that skew the results.

SteveD
North Salt Lake, UT

If 80% of the people do in fact approve of "Gun Control measures". I believe it is because they have not thought it through.
If private individual sells a gun at a gun show, how would anyone know if they didn't do a background check? Same, if you sell a gun through an online ad. So now they need to keep track of every gun in order to see if the law is broken. Then you could just say you threw it away. Now they would make another law to prevent that, and on and on. Untill every gun owner is a criminal. Background checks alone are a fine idea, the problem is where to stop the government intrusion.
What it boils down to, is if you trust the government or not.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

Ignorant sheep. The government is trying to supress free will. They are even trying to prohibit reading of the bill before voting for it? Whats does this tell you and how much are you going to take before you say "enough is enough"? Do you want to live in slavery for the rest of your days? because I can promise you, the people who want to murder your right to own a firearm if you choose, are carrying firearms themselves and hide behind their armed security.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@joe cap

Following your logic would suggest, one we should not pass any laws because they do not control for every possability and/or two we should pass no laws because once we start allowing government to intervene In anyway they will only stop after they have complete control of our lives, so then the question becomes should we eliminate all laws?

Lagomorph
Salt Lake City, UT

The misattributed quote was indeed a sloppy error and a sign of poor scholarship, but the gist of the original letter was correct. Multiple polls show a high level of public support for certain gun control measures, especially universal background checks for gun purchases. Legislators ignoring overwhelming public opinion in favor of kowtowing to the NRA are risking a backlash.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

Sorry my comments where suppose to be directed at Steve D not joe cap.

ECR
Burke, VA

JoeCapitalist2 - The polls that are typically published in the major news outlets are not just a couple of knuckleheads asking inane questions with the purpose of getting a specific answer. Polling is a scientific enterprise with proven results. Of course there are certain polls that have proven to be wrong in history (Dewey/Truman for example) but those instances can be counted on a couple of hands. In the last election, conservative pundits - even the candidates - refused to believe what the polls were saying about the expected results of the election, much to their detriment.

Now, for those who have certain values and standards, and who are not swayed by public opinion, they certainly should not change those values and standards just because the majority disagree with them. But denying the results of a scientifically conducted poll simply because the results of the poll disagree with your personal believes is shortsighted and unrealistic.

Jl
Sandy, UT

Like many of you, I don't want my guns taken away either but I also don't know you. I have no problem with you owning guns if you can show me that you are proficient, you have no criminal background, you have no propensity for domestic violence or you have no history of mental problems. 2 million purchases of weapons have been blocked the past 15 years with an inconsistent, inadequate background check system. One can only imagine what would happen if we closed loopholes. Will this stop all gun violence? Not in your wildest dreams but if it saves the life of one student walking to school or a rampage at a mall then it is worth it. Doing nothing about gun violence is like encouraging it. I guess we should repeal all Drunk Driving laws because they impede our rights of freedom of movement.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Every single time you board an airplane, your name is run through a national database, essentially a background check, to see if you pose a danger to those you are flying with. This process has hardly prevented people their rights to travel as they please.

When ever you purchase land or real estate, the government mandates that part of that transaction, private or public, that a background check is run on that property, looking of any debts or claims against its owner exist. And yet, this has not prevented the free trade of real property.

It blows my mind that there are those who believe that running back ground checks - to see if you have outstanding warrants or a criminal background - is an intrusion of your ability to exercise freedom of commerce.

Perhaps the world is 80% sheep.... but at least they don't live their lives in fear of what could be lurking in the shadows. I could not imagine living my life distrusting and in fearing. The constitution has held firm for 200 years, and it will do so for yet another 200.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

JoeCap,

Hard to argue with that.

But, what if there was a simple question

"Do you favor background checks for ALL gun purchases."

Certainly some polls (the BYU poll perhaps) are actually trying to get honest answers to straitforward questions.

Yes, it would be interesting to see the questions. I am guessing that they will not be nearly as biased as you assume.

T. Party
Pleasant Grove, UT

"The last time I checked, the Constitution said, 'of the people, by the people and for the people.' That's what the Declaration of Independence says." (Bill Clinton, 1996)

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Wait, wait...
Don't tell me....

FoxNews, Karl Rove and Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck are STILL telling you that Mitt Romney is winnig by a landslide!

Correct?

85% + of the United States - including uber-Red Utah,
want gus retrictions on children, criminals, and the mentally insane.

It's fulls under the little known "common sense" or "no da" clause in the Cosntitution.

FT1/SS
Virginia Beach, VA

The headline should read "that 80 percent of the people desire a decrease of civil liberties". We of the military, and veterans (at least the majority)have a perfect understanding of what's going on with gun control. It's to make an easier job for service members to fullfill the National Defense Authorization Act, which was sign by President Obama on 31 Dec 2011 while the nation partied. This fullfillment will happen. May not be on Obama's watch, but perhaps the next President or after? Newtown provided the perfect setting to advance a political agenda, use the memory of children to sway the public.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Conservative have no problems "resticting" the Constitutional sale of alcohol 24/7/365.

One must be 21 years of age,
Have proper I.D.,
Buy it only from a State controled liquor store or licensed stores,
Kept out of the hands of minors, criminals, and the mentally ill.

Ironic - Conservative cheer the ATF [Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms] for their enforcement of Alcohol and Tobacco, and boo their control of FireArms.

The hypocracy is killing me.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"We of the military, and veterans (at least the majority)have a perfect understanding of what's going on with gun control."

And the military bases do not allow the general military personnel to carry weapons. And these, of all people, are highly trained.

That should tell you something.

Fact Check
Pleasant Grove, UT

@JoeBlow "Yes, it would be interesting to see the questions."

I'm looking at a January poll by Kay Research and the BYU Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy. Assuming this is the poll you're talking about, here are the questions and the results:

Should federal law require background checks on all potential gun buyers?
Strongly favor 68%
Somewhat favor 14%
Somewhat oppose 7%
Strongly oppose 10%
Don't know 2%

Should the sale of high-capacity magazines that hold many rounds of ammunition be restricted?
Strongly favor 32%
Somewhat favor 11%
Somewhat oppose 12%
Strongly oppose 42%
Dont' know 4%

(500 registered Utah voters were polled. The margin of error is +/- 4.4 percentage points.)

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Thanks FactCheck

I looked briefly but didn't find it. Thanks for posting.

The questions are pretty strait forward.

Pretty hard to read those questions and conclude that they were written in an attempt to skew results.

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