A recent New York Times survey on Americans’ attitudes on a number of gun-related issues underscored that most Americans are in favor of gun-control measures–ranging from universal background checks and mandatory licensing to the banning of guns on college campuses and workplaces.
The results, however, were neither surprising–nor consoling. For example, the survey found that 67 percent favored an assault weapons ban and 63 percent favored a high-capacity-magazine ban. Put another way, about a third of Americans–post Sandy Hook, Orlando and Las Vegas–still have no issue with assault weapons and high-capacity magazines being in the hands of those who are not cops or soldiers.
That’s more disturbing than enlightening.