Pew Poll Shows Media Powerless to Sway Public Opinion on Gun Issue

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “A recent Pew poll shows the media is powerless to sway public opinion on gun control and the right to keep and bear arms,” gun rights expert John M. Snyder said here today.

“That’s the really big news revealed by the Pew Research Center survey,” Snyder added.

He said that, “With all of the media hype following the Aurora, Colorado mass killing, you’d think the public would be clamoring for more and more gun control.  That, however, is not the case.  The Pew poll shows this.

“It shows that, in April, 45 percent of the poll respondents favored more control on gun ownership and that, a few days ago, 47 percent did.  It showed also that, in April, 49 percent favored protections on the right to own guns and that, a few days ago, 46 percent did.”

Snyder pointed out that, “Pew surveys over the last 20 years demonstrate that public opinion on the gun issue definitely is shifting away from government control of firearms ownership in favor of more freedom for firearms owners.  In December, 1993, only 34 percent wanted to protect the right to own guns and 57 percent wanted to control gun ownership.  Now, 46 percent want to protect the right to own guns and 47 percent want to control gun ownership.

“The shift is against the mainstream media’s anti-gun position and towards the freedom-loving Americans’ right to keep and bear arms.  Public officials and citizens who want to become public officials should take note.  The Second Amendment community is on the move.”

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