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Most Georgians Support Gun Controls – Really

Proof that reasonable, common sense gun controls are favored by a majority of Georgians.

Recently 11Alive news commissioned an outside polling firm to question people from across the state of Georgia on the issue of gun control.

A majority of Georgia citizens want controls on:                                             

  • new sales of assault weapons (56%),
  • background checks on all gun buyers, including private sells between individuals (75%), 
  • limit the ammunition capacity of magazines (56%),
  • eliminate permits for concealed weapons. Georgia says No (80%),
  • allow guns in churches, Georgia says No (64%) 
  • allow guns on college campuses, Georgia says No (65%).

 

If you don’t bring up gun control in conversation because you think the NRA reflects a majority view of Georgia voters, you are misinformed. If you let that obnoxious guy in your office go on and on about “guns don’t kill people” and you don’t say anything to point out the error, you are wrong.

The majority of Georgians, like the majority of Americans, want reasonable, common sense gun controls. Don’t waste your time talking to someone about gun controls that is not aware of the real values of Georgians and only talks to those who reinforce his ignorance of what the majority wants.

Let your views be known, to encourage the silent majority on this issue to speak out. Let your views be known, so politicians don’t think that militia types and paranoid conspiracy theorists are the only ones who vote. Let your views be known. Call your congressman. Send a letter to the editor. Make a comment in on-line newspapers.

If you are a Republican who supports reasonable, common-sense gun controls, most of your Republican friends probably think the same way.

If you are a hunter who supports reasonable, common-sense gun controls, most of your hunting buddies probably think the same way.

If you are a politician who obeys his lobbyist campaign contributors and pays lip service to the voters just to get their votes, this poll tells you what most of your voters are thinking.

You may have been timid when you thought you were in the minority in Georgia. Now that you know you are in the majority, don’t be shy. In Georgia, supporting reasonable, common-sense gun controls should be as easy to do as someone in church saying “Amen” or an Alabama fan saying, “Roll Tide.”

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Byron Rangitsch January 24, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Yes but the debate always degenerates to total gun ban - which only left extremists want. Then, its the slippery slope arguments. After that, it's questionable historical conclusions. Finally, we get made up Thomas Jefferson Quotes. They also ignore the entirety of the constitution, rule of law, and judicial precedent.
Paul The East Cobb Liberal January 24, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Can't wait to hear the spinning and pontification that this poll will generate from the shrill minority. Probably will include comments like: 1. The poll is biased and was done by some bedwetting liberal think tank 2. The way the questions were asked was clearly slanted to be anti-gun 3. They must have cherry-picked the parts of the state where the poll was taken 4. The poll was commissioned by a liberal media TV station, what wold you expect it to say? 5. They must not have polled any REAL Georgians. Let the festival of denial and posturing begin.
Paul The East Cobb Liberal January 24, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Same kind of spinning I expected to hear from the forces of Reality Denial.
Byron Rangitsch January 24, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Not even congressmen are immune. Remember the Kennesaw Congressman who wants guns on campus? http://charlesgregory.com/District.aspx Check out the quote: "When the people fear their government, their is tyranny; When the government fears the people, their is liberty - Thomas Jefferson" The Jefferson historical site monticello finds no evidence TJ said it. A spurious quote according to the experts on Thomas Jefferson. Most likely attributed to by a socialist, John Barnhill, in 1914. http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/when-governments-fear-people-there-libertyquotation Quoting a Socialist. The irony.
M. Stone January 25, 2013 at 12:18 PM
So where is the proof that the actual "common sense" controls proposed will actually decrease "gun violence"? Also, who gets to define "common sense"? The editorial writer just assumes he recognizes it on behalf of everybody, and throws out ad hominen arguments against those who disagree. That's a pretty low level of debate, there. I believe stronger laws and more diligent enforcement against criminals who steal and use guns illegally would actually have a much greater effect in deterring "gun violence." Just as would-be criminals knowing they face a "victim" armed with a gun and able and willing to use it are deterred from messing with her. That's common sense to me.
jeff January 27, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Makeup of poll: Republican Democrat Independent 29% 42% 27%
William Compton January 29, 2013 at 10:58 PM
lol 11 alive hold a vote and see what you get
Shyla Nambiar March 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Thanks, Mike. It's great to know fellow Georgians agree on sensible gun laws.

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