GOP Pollster: NRA "not listening" To American Public

by
Owen Poindexter
Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster found support for gun control, even among NRA members and non-NRA gun owners.

 


GOP Pollster Frank Luntz said the NRA is "not listening" to the American public.

Republican pollster Frank Luntz said the NRA “is not listening” to the American public when they suggest that an armed officer be stationed in every school, as Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive VP did in a bizarre press conference on Friday. The NRA was initially silent on the Newtown CT shooting, until LaPierre announced their bold, and, according to Luntz, out of touch proposal on guns in schools.

“The public wants guns out of the schools, not in the schools, and they're not asking for a security official or someone else," said Luntz on CBS’ This Morning.

Frank Luntz has polled NRA members and found that by a strong majority, they support background checks and basic restrictions on who can buy a gun and what kind of gun they can buy.

According to a survey by Luntz, 74 percent of NRA members and 87 percent of non-NRA gun owners support requiring criminal background checks of anyone purchasing a gun. Luntz’s findings show that the NRA’s proposals and lobbying efforts are even out of step with the wishes of their own members.

Luntz:

I don’t think the NRA is listening. I don’t think that they understand. Most Americans would protect the Second Amendment rights and yet agree with the idea that not every human being should own a gun, not every gun should be available at anytime, anywhere, for anyone. That at gun shows, you should not be able to buy something there and then without any kind of check whatsoever. 

Don’t expect the NRA leadership to listen to Luntz anytime soon, but perhaps a few politicians are. Gun restrictions have as good a chance as they have in decades to move forward in congress.

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