Now, a recent poll reveals a sudden drop -- only 39 percent of Americans now favor stricter gun laws, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.
The gradual, long-term decline in support for gun control from the early 1990s to 2008 coincided with a decline in the murder rate. But this year's sudden drop seems to be influenced by politics, namely the Obama administration.
While CNN seems to want to pin lowered support for gun control on the Obama administration's anti-gun tendencies, there's more too it, IMO. Increasing numbers of Americans have recognized that the arguments put forward by gun control supporters are bogus.
Moreover, more Americans are cognizant of the fact that the government will not always be there to protect you. As the saying goes, "When seconds count, the police are only minutes away."
Which ties into something else: Even as hunting has been on the decline, the numbers of people buying guns for self protection has increased. IOW, the Second Amendment ain't about duck hunting.