Most Virginians say they want to close the so-called gun show loophole that permits some gun sales without criminal background checks, and they dislike the notion of someone carrying a concealed firearm into a restaurant that serves alcohol, according to a new poll.
Not only that, but the percentages were extremely significant. About background checks, almost 81% said change the law. On restricting guns in restaurants and bars it was almost 70%.
What's most fascinating about these numbers, even taking them with the proverbial grain of salt, is that the pro-gun crowd has been telling us something totally different. Imagine the truth is most people agree with the gun control folks, even in Virginia. I guess most people are concerned about gun crime and realize that it's absolute nonsense to think more guns in more places would address that problem.
Sebastian covered it already. His idea is that the questions were worded in an unfair way to elicit the responses desired by the pollsters. Do you think that's true? Could using words which Sebastian says carry negative connotations like, "loophole" and "unlicensed" account for a whopping 81%? I don't think so. I think the poll demonstrates that Virginia is more progressive and reasonable than many of us thought.
What's your opinion? Do you find this a surprise? Please feel free to leave a comment.