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Regardless of Political Party, Women Support Gun Control

Regardless of Political Party, Women Support Gun Control

I’m not sure what it will take to get the message across to members of the press that stronger weapons control has wide support, even among registered gun owners, but maybe this poll will help.

According to a CBS/New York Times poll conducted in the wake of the Newtown massacre, a strong gender gap exists in support for policy reform. Not only that, it’s a gender gap that also transcends party lines, lending even more support that the only people standing in the way of comprehensive reform of the gun industry is the gun industry itself.

And it’s not just one poll. It’s poll after poll after poll and they all show the same thing. As a matter of principle, women are more likely than men to support gun laws, and that’s before any specific reforms are described. The spread is as much at 14 points by some tracking for support for “more strict” gun laws generally with 61% of women favoring reform. The trend continues, if not widens, as specific reforms are mentioned. A ban on semi-automatic weapons, for example, shows a 20 point difference in support between men and women. Bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines show a similar difference.

In fact, the only place where men favor reform over women is on the issue of placing armed guards in every school and/or arming teachers and school staff with weapons. Women oppose armed guards at schools by smaller margins, but that gap widens considerably when the issue of arming teachers is raised.

What may be most interesting in this recent spat of polling is that this gender gap existed well before Newtown and while the original assault weapons ban was in place. Also, while the NRA may be trying to push the idea that women members matter, the reality is it’s an organization largely hostile to women. And women know this.

That suggests that the gender gap reflective in gun safety and weapons control is more about gun culture and patriarchy. If sensible reform is not a partisan issue for women, why is it for men? And why do men overwhelmingly resist these reforms? What is it they are trying so hard to protect?

When framed that way, the questions pretty much answer themselves.

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4:28AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

Men who want to own guns are worried about their own masculinity

6:19AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Correct. Only the truly stupid support government gun or arms control of any kind. Besides being utterly unconstitutional, it just plain does not work.

3:30AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Eric L- EXCELLENT story... I laughed my ass offf! Yes, I am for gun control. YOU control your gun & if you can't, take a simple class. Preferably earlier than later. It will open your eyes & stop you from developing dangerous habits BEFORE you get used to them, & help you develop safe habits that can sae you &/or your loved ones in the even of an emergency BEFORE you need them! Gun control is an individual responsibility & no govt has any right to control it's citizens in any way. WE control our govt. To believe other wise is to believe in a dictatorship.

4:48PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

I support controlling your gun. Never aim at anything you do not intend to kill. Always respect the weapon.

This criminal failed to practice gun control:

It's your choice not to practice your rights but do not take others rights away by force.

9:52PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Yes !!

9:59AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

Count me as one of the supporters of gun control.

9:54AM PST on Feb 2, 2013

I hope that the men you married shoot you in the head someday.

3:06PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

Without a doubt, women are a lot more passive-aggressive than men, to men and more so to other women. Cat fight!

Gun control means keeping your finger off the trigger until you are on target and keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction (towards the target or the ground) at all times. Anything else is an attempt to subjugate other people...

2:52PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

Once again arrogant old white guys think they run the world.

12:27PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

@Allan Y. - "Women are not aggressive by nature." Really? You've been shielded. Women communicate on more levels than men do, so men miss a lot of the aggressive give and take. It's a scientific fact - you can look up the studies. If you're talking about physical aggression, a woman will be physically aggressive if she feel it is justified and necessary. Discipline might be seen as aggression by an onlooker, but is a teaching tool that all mammals must use to teach survival skills. A smack on the hand prevents a child's death by electrocution. It's a trade-off, but it's instinctive and must be done to imprint the lesson permanently. And to protect that child further, a baseball bat or other weapon will teach a permanent lesson to anyone who threatens harm. When justified and necessary, there will be aggression with no regrets.

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