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Senators Lose Support After Opposing Gun Background Checks, Poll Shows


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: gun regulations, public support, politics, politicians )

Lynn
- 447 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
Senators in several states who voted earlier this month against increasing background checks for gun buyers have since seen their approval ratings noticeably drop, according to new polls released Monday by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.



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Lynn Squance (226)
Monday April 29, 2013, 4:41 pm
I know this is but one poll, but sensible gun regulations are a hot topic and it would seem that the Congress is not listening to the people, but rather listening to the NRA and other moneyed interests. Bad move on their parrt. But should the politicians be worried about public reaction now that bullet proof backpacks at $246 and bullet proof vest/backpack combinations at $1,085 are available from a Colombia based company? You betcha especially given only the very well heeled can afford such things. And why should kids have to endure such things? I think this is one of those bell weather issues that will be the line in the sand.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday April 29, 2013, 4:55 pm
Thanks for posting this promising news Lynn!
 

Roseann D. (178)
Monday April 29, 2013, 4:56 pm
Not the brightest bulbs on the planet, which doesn't say much for those that put them in office.
 

Arielle S. (316)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:03 pm
Here's hoping they feel it where it hurts the most.
 

pam w. (191)
Monday April 29, 2013, 11:25 pm
Sensible gun control is a MUST!

Anyone who argues against it is in the pockets of the gun lobby.

Yet another example of how we are CONTROLLED by big money.
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 2:37 am
Ha ha! Do I care if republicans lose support?
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (378)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 3:13 am
It's understandable, the idiots!
 

Chris C. (144)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 8:37 am
Not a big surprise. People want common sense gun control. Politicians are elected to represent the people - not the NRA! Lets hope this carries over into the next elections!
 

Dotti Lydon (116)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 8:43 am
Duly noted that all but one of these Senators are Republican.
 

Terrie Williams (759)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 8:50 am
Gooooooooooooood....the bought bast****. Now they will have to deal with their constituencies.....yeah, those little people they so loathe out here in the real world who they did not listen yet again.....this time.....it will cost them and their Fascist Masters will not be able to buy thier seats back for them......2014.
 

John B. (215)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 1:36 pm
Thanks Lynn for the post. Got this info from an email from Daily Kos this morning. These results don't in the least surprise me and I hope these individual reap the benefits and are voted out of office. Noted.
 

Edith B. (142)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 9:09 pm
I hope the drop in polls is sustained and people don't forget how their wishes were ignored, yet again!
 

Farah Hage Ali (156)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 9:14 am
noted, thank you for sharing
 

Renee Paxton (2)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 9:41 am
good
 

Pat A. (117)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 9:42 am
Trouble is that as experienced politicians they realise that most people have a short attention span and a lot of this will be forgotten by the general public when the next round of elections comes around. Sadly experience shows us that the proportion of the public who are well informed and keep a tally of what our politicians get up to and if their actions ever match their deeds is small - which is how they get away with behaving as they do. (SIGH!!!).
 

Pat A. (117)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 9:44 am
Oh drat - another mistake - I meant to type in the last sentence - 'of what our politicians get up to and if their words ever match their deeds...' - sorry.
 

Marlene Dinkins (230)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 9:51 am
noted Lynn !!!!! and thnx for il informazione!!!!!!!!
 

Dave C. (212)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 9:58 am
lets hope the voters remember this when it comes to voting time.....or will it be another, "I don;t like the way The Congress is going, but my Senator/Rep is okay."????
 

Edwin M. (366)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 11:15 am
What we need is term limits, some if not all of these Senators may actually be for background checks but they are so afraid that they may lose votes in the next election that rather than do what's right they are afraid of incurring the wrath of the NRA, but it may have backfired on them this time, which I hope it has. Geting back to my original thought, if we had term limits our representatives may actually begin doing what they are elected to do instead of worrying about whether they'll be reelected every six years or every two years for congress.
 

Jane K. (10)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 11:30 am
It was shown to them before the vote that the majority of Americans wanted this, yet they still voted no. So we need to let them know and keep letting them know that since they work for us they need to do what We the People want . Keep pressure on them, write/email/call them often. Since they seem to be unable to see what is right before them we need to keep telling them until they listen . For too long we have allowed the morons, nuts and bullies run our country. Have a hand in taking it back and making it safer for all. Don't give up and go away, if you do they win again.
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (177)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 11:41 am
Źle się stało, że nic nie zmieniono w USA w sprawie posiadania broni, skutki widać aż nazbyt często. Oni wzięli na siebie całą odpowiedzialność za śmierć w strzelaninach.
 

Joanne Dixon (35)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 12:38 pm
Edwin M, I understand why you are speaking for term limits, but, like austerity, although it may seem reasonable and even obvious, it doesn't seem to work.
 

Barbara V. (51)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 12:43 pm
Good, good, good!!! I can't see what there was to oppose about background checks. How do they know some psychopath or sociopath or killer of wildlife just for the "fun" of it isn't buying the firearm to go out on a spree? Well, of course, they wouldn't. It only makes sense to check thoroughly to make sure the individual doesn't have the sort of background you wouldn't want to sell a rifle to. I hope these dodo senators get thrown out on their ear when the next election rolls around. In this day and age of madmen going on rampages and killing anyone within a bullet's field,, you can't be too careful.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 1:08 pm
Noted
 

Carlene V. (201)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 2:10 pm
What Terrie Williams said...

Thanks Lynn, I wonder if they are surprised at the new poll numbers or too lost in the land of lobbyists to realize or care?
 

Jude Hand (58)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 2:26 pm
Noted. And well they should!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 3:23 pm
Do I believe background checks would be very effective,no. BUT, if investigasted correctly, even stopping one person from buying a gun who should not own one is a good thing. Will it stop him/her from finding another source, probabaly not.
 

Robert Tomlinson (64)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 3:59 pm
These characters deserve to be whipped in the next election cycle. When elected officials feel they have to do the bidding of the NRA , rather than their constituents, it is time to see them forced from office.
 

Charlie Rush (48)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 4:03 pm
It couldn't happen to a nicer group of people.

To Allan Yorkowitz: Background checks work, for more than one reason.
Most importantly, it's concerns at attitude ~ an attitude about owning guns and using guns.
You can use cigarette smoking as an example, of an acceptable/unacceptable practice.
Surely, you comprehend the psychological implication.
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 4:06 pm
noted
 

Diana Bair (7)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 4:59 pm
WE ALL KNOW WE NEED BETTER GUN CONTROL!!!!!!!, STRONGER BACKGROUND CHECKS, THE SENATE IS CONTROLED BY THE..NRA...AND I HEARD PAID TO VOTE AGAINST THIS BY THE..NRA...GOP IS CONTROLED BY RICH...WHICH INCLUDES NRA...THE MORE GUNS SOLD THE RICHER THESE PEOPLE GET....WE NEED A SENATE THAT WILL NOT LET THEMSELVES BE USED BY THESE PEOPLE!!!!!! AND WILL WORK FOR US NOT RICH. DIANA.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 5:15 pm
What a crock! Gun control should be banned. My polls show an increase in support of these senators and decrease of support for those who voted for the background check nonsense. Toss the whole gun control concept in the trash bin and ARM UP AMERICA! Kennesaw Georgia should be our guide. Exile th anti-gun lobby for life and ban gun control!
 

Lynn Squance (226)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 5:32 pm
@ Edwin --- You have a point. The POTUS is limited to two 4 year terms so why should senators and representatives be any different? I have heard some say that there would be too much change all at once, but I feel a properly staggered system, certainly in the senate, would work One reason I don't think it will fly right now is the current Congress! It really is, what we in Canada call, the Family Compact. And that Family is too dysfunctional for the good of the people.

Thanks everybody.
 

Jeremy S. (2)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 7:45 pm
At this point, I don't care if these Senators lose support--they've long since lost mine! I'm all for banning guns entirely, but I don't expect that to happen anytime soon.
 

Charlene B. (4)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 10:34 pm
These senators were voted in.They can easily be voted out.They are supposed to be there for the people not the N.R.A.
 

paul m. (93)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 12:47 am

Noted,,,,,See Charlene B.
 

John Gregoire (257)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 6:03 am
Good news for in the end it is the viters who are responsibble for the actions or inactions of the Congress. We need to vote out those that don't listen to us regardless of politics.
 

James Maynard (66)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 9:05 am
Neither of my Senators represent my views and both
voted gleefully against any kind of background checks.
I am thoroughly disgusted along with the rest of the 90
percent of citizens who want some form of regulation.
If they didn't like this bill, why wouldn't they come up
with something defensible, smart and passable????
Oh, damn!, sorry, forgot I was talking about the U.S.
Congress............ *sigh*
 

Gene Jacobson (244)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 10:11 am
"I know this is but one poll, but sensible gun regulations are a hot topic and it would seem that the Congress is not listening to the people, but rather listening to the NRA and other moneyed interests."

Well my two are on the right side of this issue, but those who aren't? I just never get over wondering what they are thinking? How they let 4 million people dictate their votes on an issue that 200 million plus of us want dealt with? Yeah, they SHOULD lose support and with a little memory, their next election too.
 

M D (0)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 12:56 pm
Great news!
 

Eddie O. (95)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 1:41 pm
There are only two things that motivate us - fear and pleasure, although they may be called by different names. And, fear can make us behave in very unreasonable, illogical, ways and obviously this is what happened here. These politicians, instead of having a rational mind, let the fear instilled in them by the truly crazy, callous, fear mongering leaders of the NRA dictate their actions.

All of these politicians should never be re-elected again as their job should be to protect and support "We, The People", and instead, their only concern is putting more money in their own pockets, and trying to get re-elected. We need to vote them out of office especially because they can't even support the 90 % of the sane people in our country who are in favor of real background checks for ALL, who want to buy guns.
 

Robert K. (31)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 2:03 pm
Holy cow! American voters showing rational thought? Whoda thunk?
 

Robert K. (31)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 2:05 pm
I was amazed that both my senators supported checks because one of them is a Republican.
 

Eddie O. (95)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 2:07 pm
It's all about money and the greed for money is like an uncontrollable disease. Obviously the leaders of the NRA care nothing about our country, they just want to make more and more money at all costs, even the lives of innocent people slaughtered by crazies with assault weapons. If this wasn't the case, they surely would be in favor of losing a few sales of weapons due to background checks screening out some "bad" guys.

See how much your senators received from the NRA
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How much does it cost to block a bill in the U.S. Senate? What about a bill that's supported by an overwhelming majority of the American people?

45 Senators voted to block a bill to expand criminal background checks, and the gun lobby spent at least $8,165,490 to support their campaigns.

Check out the receipt to see how much their votes cost and click here to share it on Facebook.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 3:56 pm
Noted. Thanks, Lynn. The guy in the middle is the new Sen. from AZ, Jeff Flake, who is garnering much bad publicity here in the state for this vote, thankfully! Odds right now is that he will be a 1-term Senator. His win against the Dem. was very small last Oct.
 

Tony Smith (0)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 4:43 pm
thanks
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 5:26 pm
Thank you! (s, n, p, t)
 

Sue Clayton (8)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 11:28 pm
I agree with Barbara V. Call me dumb but I don't understand ANYONE opposing thorough background checks for someone wanting to purchase a gun. The people who oppose the checks would soon change their minds if someone very dear to them, lost their lives in a gun related incident.
 

Valerie W. (52)
Friday May 3, 2013, 10:17 am
They deserve their approval ratings to drop! What did they expect? Buying a gun, regardless of type, SHOULD have stricter standards & background checks. After all, most employers in the USA, require mandatory background AND drug testing, before hiring, & some during your employment. If you have to go through all that just to get a job, buying a gun should NOT be easy either!
 

Eddie O. (95)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:24 pm
Sue - You're certainly not dumb, and quite the contrary you readily see through the BS promoted by the NRA, plus you obviously have a compassionate heart and want to protect and help people. The leaders of the NRA use fear mongering, scaring the hell out of people getting them to think everyone's guns will be taken away from them, when this is and never has been the issue. The issue is only to have common sense, rational, fair and just laws enacted to deter guns from being easily attained by felons, mentally unstable people, etc...This is only common sense but yet there's too much money in it for the top NRA leaders for them to ever agree with this reason.

Following are statistics that show only 7 States have universal background checks at gun shows. This is such a major, serious, issue and certainly needs and must be enacted on a National, universal, level. We can't continue loosing thousands and thousands of lives each year when these numbers could be drastically reduced via universal background checks.
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Gun Shows by State

A total of 11 states require background checks for at least some gun purchases at gun shows. Seven of those states require background checks for all gun purchases, while four states require background checks for only handgun purchases.

The seven states requiring background checks for all purchases include:
•California
•Colorado
•Connecticut
•Illinois
•New York
•Oregon
•Rhode Island

The four states requiring background checks for only handgun purchases include:
•Hawaii
•Maryland
•New Jersey
•Pennsylvania

In Florida, private firearms purchases are subject to background checks in some jurisdictions but not across the entire state. There are no laws regulating private firearms sales at gun shows in the remaining 33 states.

The Bloomberg Investigation

In 2009, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, founder of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns group, stirred controversy and stimulated the gun show debate when NYC hired private investigators to target gun shows in Ohio, Nevada and Tennessee.

According to a report released by Bloomberg’s office, 22 of 33 private sellers sold guns to undercover investigators who informed them that they probably could not pass a background check, while 16 of 17 licensed sellers allowed straw purchases by the undercover investigators, a process through which a person prohibited from purchasing a firearm recruits someone to purchase the gun for them.
 

Eddie O. (95)
Friday May 3, 2013, 7:00 pm
For those who feel there are already adequate protections in regards to keeping guns out of the hands of felons and the mentally unstable, hopefully this following information will be an eye opener and help you understand why people take this so seriously.

Over 90% of," We, The People", do NOT want it to be easy for felons and the mentally ill to buy guns with a wad of money, and absolutely no background checks. And, for those who want it to be easy I am totally at a loss for words.
________________
The agreement was reached after undercover agents from the state attorney general’s office were able to buy weapons, including three AR-15 rifles, without any screening at half a dozen gun shows around the state.

“Our goal is to have 100 percent of the gun show operators on board, and then we have a good example for other states to follow,” said Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who negotiated the agreement with the operators. “Once we demonstrate how easy this is and how it keeps people safe, it weakens the arguments on the federal level that guaranteeing background checks are overly burdensome or face meaningful opposition.”

The operators, with shows from White Plains to Cheektowaga, have also agreed to a broader system to track firearms at their shows and to guard against illegal sales in parking lots.
The 23 operators who have agreed to the protocols are responsible for more than 80 percent of the gun shows in the state.

The investigators, posing as buyers in 2011, were able to purchase firearms even after they told the sellers that they had orders of protection against them, in which case they would fail background checks. Among the weapons bought were AR-15 rifles, like the one that was used in the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., in December.

“The truth of the matter is most responsible gun show operators and gun owners in America want people to have background checks,” Mr. Schneiderman, a Democrat, said. “The overwhelming majority of the folks I’ve talked to on this are crystal clear that they do not want people who have criminal backgrounds or mental health problems to get guns.”
 

Charlie Rush (48)
Friday May 3, 2013, 9:16 pm
Sometimes, you have to show good common sense and realize when you are backing the 'wrong horse'. When you have such a large segment of the population supporting background checks, wouldn't you think that a vote against this large majority, could come back to bite you in the butt?:

Unfortunately, I've given up hoping for good old-fashioned morals to take over our legislators conscience. The kickbacks from the NRA, as with other Big Businesses, have helped to further corrupt, the already corrupted.

We, the people, are the ones who must vote these nefarious individuals out of office. That's the only sound they hear.
 

Lynn Squance (226)
Friday May 3, 2013, 10:31 pm
I heard on the news tonight that the NRA and 70,000 (?) supporters are whooping it up somewhere on the west coast tonight, and celebrating that they defeated Mr Obama's gun regulations. Of course the usual meme "POTUS wants to take away our guns" was brought up and of course their stock answers to tragedies like Sandy Hook, "guns make people safer" and "Sandy Hook would not have happened had people been armed". IMO, the NRA is a hate and fear mongering organisation that represents gun manufacturers almost exclusively. At no time did I hear the NRA say they bought the votes of the politicians. Politicians need to get their priorities straight --- they work for their constituents, not the NRA.

Thanks everybody.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 2:37 am
Good.
 

Helen Porter (41)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 4:52 pm
Criminals must be laughing their a---- off.

-------------------------------------------
Why didn't we see this coming?

Cause we were scared.

Now, we're really scared.

Think! Before it's too late.

What will you do when the noise at the door
is the guy with the gun?

Criminals don't get their guns at gun shows.
Criminals don't register their guns.

Politicians are trying to take away our rights......
several at a time.

Big Brother can not protect us. He's only
interested in our bank accounts.

Instead of looking back with regret and awful losses
let's look forward with intelligence and find a way to
protect ourselves.....a way that will work. Taking
away what protection we do have won't work.

If the guy's got a gun on you,
are you going to throw YOUR gun
at his feet?

Think!

I've never owned a gun and I never expect to own a gun.
Not me. I'd rather be killed than kill. I've had guns pointed
at me. I stayed calm and was unharmed,

But there are children out there and there are worse things
that can happen to children than death. We don't want
worse things. We don't want death. We want healthy
living for ourselves and our children.

Disarming ourselves encourages crime.
 

Helen Porter (41)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 4:57 pm
I respect your thoughts and your voice.

Please respect mine. I don't belong to any lobbys or groups. I don't even know
how to shoot a gun and I don't want to learn. I'm concerned about families
and children and the dog who gets shot.

My heart is in my words. My worries are real.

Whatever is voted into or out of law I will respect
through my tears.
 

Nancy Black (300)
Monday May 6, 2013, 11:02 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, tweeted, shared, tweeted. Goes to show you that the average American citizen has sense. Hope they remember this and vote against those who voted against children.
 

Eddie O. (95)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 1:06 pm
Sadly, children become collateral damage in the eyes of some, who are raking in millions via the massive promotion of guns and weapons of destruction throughout our country and the world in general. Violence begets more violence and why can't so many people ever learn this. Instead of promoting violence, killing, and death, promoting education, compassion, and sanity would do us all much more good.

Just think if we could have used the trillions of dollars we wasted in destroying Iraq and it's people, on building schools and hospitals and promoting peace instead of more and more violence. Fear, violence, and destruction is the easy way out, the quick "fix" to our problems, but sadly it's a short term "fix", with massive long term costs and negative effects.

We live in a country filled with fear, and with fear being promoted vigorously so as some people can make more millions of dollars. And, our country promotes hatred and many enemies through our ulterior motives, greed, arrogance, and disrespect for other peoples of this beautiful planet of ours.

And, of course, I'm not saying everything is negative as there are many wonderful, caring, compassionate people in our country who give generously from the most loving hearts. It would be so nice if there were many more of these compassionate, fearless, positive people in place of all the fearful ones who feel they must stockpile their assault weapons and other weapons of destruction, and shoot first and never ask questions.

And, for the "responsible" gun owners, you have my respect and praise as I understand as responsible human beings you too want sensible gun control legislation along with various other actions to help keep the weapons out of the hands of the "bad" guys or mentally unstable.
 
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