While anti-gun filmmaker Michael Moore insists that the gun control crowd is the “majority,” the latest poll from CBS News shows that he’s actually out of touch with how Americans feel about the issue.
With the Senate expected to take up new gun control measures next month, there is a heavy push from both sides that are driving the discussion. Moore, whose anti-gun film Bowling for Columbine was filled with distortions and falsehoods, went on a rant against the NRA and other gun rights advocates during a recent MoveOn.org event.
“Every single piece of proposed gun legislation has the majority support of the American people, Moore claimed, according to GetRealSpin.com. “There’s no excuse for Congress not to pass these laws.”
Despite Moore’s ranting, the CBS News poll shows that 47% of Americans believe that gun laws should be made “more strict.” However, 50% feel that they should be “kept as they are” or “made less strict.” Those numbers are down from February, when 53% expressed support for stricter gun laws.
This CBS News poll comes on the heels of another poll showing that those backing increased gun control measures are in the minority. CNN reported last week that support for gun control measures had dropped since December. The poll showed that only 43% of Americans back “major restrictions” or a complete ban on guns — down from 52% in December. However, 55% support only “minor restrictions” or no restrictions at all on gun ownership.
The gun control crowd may be able to fire up some of its most hardcore supporters during the debate in the Senate on the legislation, but the polls show that they don’t have the support that they think they have. Not to mention that, when it comes down to it, many of the vulnerable Democratic members of the Senate aren’t going to put their careers on the line for a bill that could cause them a headache back home.