Outside the NRA convention, a gun control activist said:
“We’re just here really to be the voice of the 90 percent of Americans that think we can do more to protect our fellow citizens from gun violence.”
This is a two-for-one special, based on panic polling after the Sandy Hook massacre and propaganda word smithing.
The 90% number appears to come from a Gallup poll concerning so-called universal background checks (since 40-80% of crime guns come from illegal street sources, there is no universality at play here).
In the wake of Sandy Hook, as many as 90% of people polled favored expanded background checks. But that number rapidly receded to under 65% within four months, and is lower today. Once people unraveled the tragedy and examined the proposed legislation outside of panic, the 90% number instantly became inaccurate.
But it is still being used by the gun control industry today.
The other aspect is that the poll was specific to the universal background check legislation. Notice however than Michael Bloomberg’s minion said “90 percent of Americans that think we can do more to protect our fellow citizens from gun violence.” She crafted a disconnect, assuming that this form of gun control would reduce gun crimes and gun suicides. As the National Academy of Sciences concluded last decade, there is no evidence gun control reduces either. Background checks are twice as useless since suicides (61% of all gun deaths) are done with legally acquired guns and homicides are largely done with guns purposefully acquired from illegal street sources.
Be prepared to counter this meme, for the gun control industry will be repeating it endlessly.