Everytown Poll: Voters Want Gun Control in First 100 Days

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Everytown)

Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords released the results of a poll (see below) this week that suggests a majority of voters want Congress to take action to further restrict one’s right to keep and bear arms within the first 100 days of the Biden Administration.  

The survey, conducted by Global Strategy Group, indicated that 93 percent of Americans support universal background checks, 86 percent of ticket splitters agree that “there is no excuse for the next president and Congress not to pass background checks into law on day one,” and two-thirds of ticket splitters want to see the president take executive action on gun safety, according to a joint press release from the two gun-control organization obtained by GunsAmerica.  

“This poll — and this election — send a clear message that gun safety has gone from the third rail of American politics to one of the first things on voters’ minds,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. 

“Gun safety is good policy and good politics, and acting on it now could unify the country in a way few other issues could,” he continued. 

Giffords Executive Director Peter Ambler agreed with Feinblatt that now is the time for federal lawmakers and POTUS 46 to move on gun control.  

“Leaders in Washington are ready to turn the page and take action to address the gun violence in our country that has unfortunately become a fact of life,” he said.  “And if they do, voters will be ready to stand with elected officials who reject the radicalization of the Second Amendment and work to sign universal background checks into law.”  

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“Universal background checks” is a euphemism for criminalizing the private sale and transfer of firearms.  Under current federal law, law-abiding citizens residing within the same state are free to sell or lend firearms to one another without having to visit an FFL and pay a transfer fee.

Should universal background check legislation be enacted, all sales and transfers would be subject to a background check.  Every time citizen A wants to sell or lend a firearm to citizen B, the transaction would have to take place via an FFL so the FFL could run a background check on the prospective transferee. 

While, in theory, this may sound appealing to the masses, the truth is there is no evidence that universal background checks between private buyers and sellers have any impact on crime. 

There are two main reasons for this: (1) criminals, by and large, get their guns via illegal channels (theft, black market, straw purchasers), not responsible sellers; and (2) they rely completely on the honor system.  In other words, there is no way to ensure compliance without a national registry that tracks the possession of every single firearm in the country, including those owned by criminals, in real-time.  

When one actually considers how universal background checks would play out in the real world it becomes abundantly apparent that they are nothing more than window dressing.  Because for them to be the least bit successful, they’d need the most dishonorable people in our society — violent criminals — to suddenly start acting honorably and in accordance with the law.  

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Erwin Lang February 3, 2021, 8:44 am

    Gun control. A firm grip and a straight trigger pull.

  • StLPro2A January 31, 2021, 4:19 pm

    Yeah, call me when Bloomers and Slummer aren’t protected by guns, and we can walk in and sit with our muddy boots on Pigloosi’s desk without becoming a felon. Until then, up yours per gun control and open borders.

  • Area52 January 30, 2021, 5:43 pm

    Gun bans has always been on the political agenda of the democrats. They do have control of the house senate and Sloppy Joe in the white house. However, the GOP had that same control in 2016. We anticipated national constitutional carry, suppressors and SBRs off the NFA list. The only thing we got was the UN arms trade treaty being unsigned by Trump. I assume all sloppy Joe has to do is resign it and send it to the senate for ratification. Fortunately they need 2/3 vote .
    My point; just because they got control, with all the in fighting with AOC and her squad vs pelosi etc. It just might throw a wrench in the gun banning bills gears.

  • James Barchok January 29, 2021, 1:49 pm

    They must have taken this poll at a gun control convention!

  • Craig Hale January 29, 2021, 1:45 pm

    Every law that’s passed infringes further on individual liberty. EVERY law. That American citizens would vote for politicians who’s leftist, liberal/socialist adherence is appalling. Generations of us have died fighting for the rights we have enumerated in our Constitution. And those doing the fighting to preserve those rights had guns. If the political scum seeking to disarm free American citizens are acting like this while we HAVE guns, what the hell is going to happen if their laws are passed & we don’t?

    It’s well past time to purchase the equipment necessary to weatherproof your respective arsenals, bury what you don’t have an immediate need for in the woods & maintain your situational awareness. What’s coming in the next few decades is going to be ugly. Only let 1 other person know where your cache is kept in case the tools are required for the preservation of our liberty.

  • Ken January 29, 2021, 12:25 pm

    Well…I was not a part of this “poll”. And of my 800+ friends of FB, none of them were included in this “poll”. So my assumption is that this “poll” was given to members of the anti-gun community.

    What is so baffling to me about this is the total lack of comprehension of the definition of the word “infringed”. Google search defines it: “actively break the terms of” and “act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on.” Google search provides synonyms: “undermine · erode · diminish · weaken · impair · damage · compromise · limit · curb ·” The word was in the 2nd Amendment because of it’s meaning.

    So, I’ll be clear. I don’t support any legislation that infringes on my natural right to protect what is mine. If guns are outlawed by legislation, then only outlaws will have guns — and that includes the government.

  • JoeUSooner January 29, 2021, 11:17 am

    SHOCK!! An Everytown poll shows support for an anti-gun position… what is the world coming to? [For you DemocRats, that was indeed sarcasm, in case you were wondering.]

    Polls reflect exactly and precisely what they are PAID to reflect. Just follow the money, and you’ll immediately know what the poll says (without even having to read it).

  • allblues January 29, 2021, 11:15 am

    The first question to ask Nanny Bloombergs sock puppets should be, “exactly where in the Constitution is the feral government given the power to require that a private citizen get permission from said government to sell a Constitutionally protected item to another private citizen in a intrastate transaction?”

  • JAM3116 January 29, 2021, 10:36 am

    Universal background checks are designed to do one thing; create a registration database for firearms. The socialists know the UBC would be completely useless without a database but they will use it as a first step. Many ill informed people think UBCs won’t hurt anything so they don’t stand against them. If the pollsters would ask “Do you think congress should create a firearms database to allow for UBCs the majority of respondents would say NO. Of course most of the time they only poll their Socialist supporters so who knows.

  • Stan d. Upnow January 29, 2021, 9:53 am

    “Under current federal law, law-abiding citizens are free to sell or lend firearms to one another without having to visit an FFL and pay a transfer fee.”

    You need to qualify that statement, because on the face of it, it’s wrong.
    It’s true for an in-person, direct sale or borrowing. But, if the buyer lives out of state, you would need to ship to an FFL for transfer. Same goes for lending your firearm to “Cousin Elroy.”

    There is a point to be made about in-person transfers possibly going to a person otherwise prohibited from owning/possessing a firearm. But, we all know what the Real purpose of the Left’s agenda is, and it ain’t about “gun safety!”

    • S.H. Blannelberry January 29, 2021, 10:52 am

      thx!

  • Stephen Kovacs January 29, 2021, 8:45 am

    This is a onother ploy to continue criminalizing a citizens legal firearm ownership and destroy the US Constitution.
    AND, no one ever asked my opinion. So how can they legitimately apeak for me. I challange their authority.

  • Gomer January 29, 2021, 7:49 am

    I place as much faith in ANY statistic compiled by ANY entity related in ANY way to Bloom’sOffTheRoseburg as I do in marked down gas station sushi. There are liars, and then there are Bloomie grade liars. These are Blowme LIars of a completely different stripe and odor. Let’s just confiscate THEIR guns and be done with it.

    • There goes more of america January 29, 2021, 12:33 pm

      Their statistic will be just like the 2020 election it will be all lies from the demarcates but instead of steeling votes they will be steeling are guns leaving us at the merci of BLM and Antifa criminals who don’t give a rats A%ss about following laws. Oh then the dead beat Dems. will blame it on Trump.

  • Joedesmond January 28, 2021, 8:21 pm

    i have been carrying since i was 15,i am 66 now! A well armed society,is a polite and civilized society!

    • deanbob January 29, 2021, 11:24 am

      We live in an America with 2 different societies; and, to the largest extent, the society of the left are a group of unarmed, unhappy, and angry people trying to make the rest of us as unhappy as they are. Rather than debate factually, the react emotionally and like a mob. Why else would any group want to destroy productive businesses and families just because they believe or vote for a different candidate? Leftists have always destroyed everything they touch. Just ask those who were destroyed or murdered by Stalin, Hitler, Chairman Mao, Pol Pot, the Fidel brothers (& Ernesto “Che” Guevara), and Chavez/Maduro.

      • Tammy Martin January 29, 2021, 1:35 pm

        I’m fed up with left & right, that was Trump stupidity! He didn’t know there are many Americans who are not Left or Right and that it’s not what the writers of our constitution wanted! There are conservatives, liberals & moderates! Then there’s the Club kids who don’t care enough about our country to bother to learn about the Canadiates, they just vote Republican🥴. Had the “Republican” who is the let’s all haul our weapons around & shoot them women who get abortions, I feel like your a bunch of screwballs. We need to know who is buying guns because we don’t need a nut building up a gun store and killing the police if a small town then kill everyone at Church before walking across the street & wiping out… Well you see where I’m going with this. I don’t want to have to buy a hunting permit or hook tags to run a fishing line of 25 hooks but I understand why & If I see a gun in a store If I want it I have to do the paper work & that’s how it is but when hunting license became nessary people said things like they are now about being a reg. gun owner. Well folks the ones yelling the loudest are the ones selling guns out if their trunks in NY city or other places where guns are not legal. So if you live there & aren’t happy with the laws Move! I won’t live in California because of their laws but there are a few more States so I’m not gonna whine! I’m really fed up with all the sort- of- Americans who approve of a jack ass who We know for a Fact runs Scams TRUMP UNIVERSITY is a prime example, a thug who hired advisors who worked in dark back rooms with convicted Russian spies HELLO! He has gone bankrupt 6 times and within a couple of years has hundreds of millions of dollars to invest??? DUH! I really just want you slop heads to shut up & know a hell of a lot more than the special interest guys on the Radio say to them🙄. Know all aspects not just one angle people. A group could be warehousing weapons in your neighborhood don’t you want to provide the police the ability to discover who would buy & sell to them? IF you really care know what your talking about and stop just getting in the cool aid line. It’s people like you who made it possible for people like Hitler, a favorite read of Donald Trump(see vanity Fair article 1990)! Become a great Americans by understanding the point of view of every possible group then once you’ve educated yourself then vote or take a stance if you are not willing then stay home & don’t vote, nobody will know. If you read all I had to say thank you & I promise if you start you reply with 411 I will read & reply to your thoughts about what I’ve said.

        • wesley andrews January 29, 2021, 8:36 pm

          411

          Since it is obvious from your convoluted commentary that Trump accomplished nothing that affected you positively, let us leave Trump out of this conversation and stick with the subject of guns. There appears to be no shortage of unhappiness in your life because many people want to own firearms for a wide variety of legal and sane reasons.

          First is the legal part of gun ownership. Guns were necessary to secure this country from the British and other hostile parties. There would be no United States of America without guns. For the sake of brevity, I will assume that you are aware of the founding of this country and the men that wrote up the documents that created the first political system of its kind anywhere in the world. These men are considered the Founding Fathers of our country. These men were thoughtful and tried, to the best of their knowledge at the time, to write reasonable laws for this new union. They were mostly successful in their endeavor. When it became clear that there needed to be further laws to protect this country’s citizens from tyranny and injustice from the new government, these men wisely created an additional document called the Bill of Rights.

          The Bill of Rights guarantees that certain “rights” are inalienable, meaning that they are forever rights of this country’s citizens. The first of the amendments (changes) to the Bill of Rights guarantees the right to free speech, making this dialog legal and possible in this country. The second amendment guarantees the citizens of this country the right to keep and bear arms. This amendment was wisely given to us to prevent our government from tyranny against this country’s civilian population. The second amendment did nothing to suppress a citizen from using firearms in any way.

          Even before the constitution and Bill of rights were written, there were laws controlling the illegal use of firearms, and these and many more laws have been put in place to prevent the use of weapons for criminal use. The ownership and use of firearms for legal purposes is not a problem for other law-abiding citizens.

          The criminal use of firearms for criminal purposes is already illegal. Creating new laws and regulations will only inconvenience legal gun owners. Further laws and regulations will do absolutely nothing but make it easier for criminals, that do not follow the law, to victimize other law-abiding citizens. All law-abiding people are safer from criminals because of the legal ownership of firearms.

          So, when you are reading and learning from biased gun haters about their side of this argument, stop and take time to read and understand the other side of this situation. No one forces gun ownership on anyone, and legal gun owners do not deserve a small minority of gun haters to tell them that they have to give up their firearms. If you are going to only listen to one side of this story and make up your mind without learning the other side of the story, maybe you should refrain from trying to express your one-sided biased ideas from such an uninformed standpoint.

    • Its more Leftest BS January 29, 2021, 12:48 pm

      Does anyone wonder that when us gunners get together for protest “With Guns” you never hear about any arrest or uprising or shootings and yes there’s all races, color and a variety of religion beliefs and yet nothing.
      But when democratic followers such as BLM or Antifa get together for protest buildings get looted, set on fire police and public get attacked some even get murdered. “And they want to take our gun rites away”
      something wrong with this picture god help this country God Help Us. Oh lets not forget when the BLM and Antifa criminals cause mayhem the Deadbeat Dems. blame Trump.

  • bobs your uncle January 28, 2021, 1:42 pm

    Heres how it will go, winter, another pandemic, electric grid shut down, no automobile fuel, reduced food access, hand in your guns or else

    • Clark Kent January 28, 2021, 6:02 pm

      And then the second American Revolution. Better prepare now for same.

      • Ready January 29, 2021, 12:56 pm

        Can’t be prepared their taking my guns away maybe they’ll let have a water gun, but then again maybe not it might make them come clean.

    • Stan d. Upnow January 29, 2021, 9:57 am

      Ah, Socialism……. ain’t it grand?

  • Stephen January 28, 2021, 1:28 pm

    Please pay attention here please…”SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!” GOT IT! You can piss and whine all you want but it is written in that constitution for a very good reason! It was put there so stupid folks like yourselves, that have probably have never been closer to a firearm than 10 feet, will be like sheep! There are millions of us out here that are not sheep. We are not wolves either. We just want to be left alone to go about our own lives. Why should I have to pay for a criminals mistake? I play by the rules, mind my own business, and yet I am the first one you want to crucify when something bad happens that I had not a damn thing to do with! Instead of coming after me? Try doing your jobs and catch the folks responsible for the bad acts! But it’s much easier to flame the folks that had nothing to do with it than do the jobs you were paid to do! That gun can’t do a damn thing on it’s own! It’s the jackass that picks it up with bad intent that is the problem! …Again that’s work. Do the job you were paid to do or get out!

  • Chained January 28, 2021, 1:04 pm

    First thing they ask in the poll is if you are anti-gun. It’s not the voters that want gun control its the parasite class elitists that want to enslave us that want gun control. Its all lies and propaganda because gun sales have been going through the roof even amongst so called antigun crowd.

  • patriot pat January 28, 2021, 11:28 am

    “research studies” conducted by anti-gun groups are as scientifically significant and sound as “tobacco health studies” conducted by the large tobacco companies back in the day.

    I attempted to post this comment earlier, and the moderator deleted it. I would like to know why please.

  • RJ January 28, 2021, 9:40 am

    I’m sure if you poll NRA members 100% would be against gun control. Any poll can be canted by who you poll and how you ask questions. This poll is irrelivent. I personally am for gun control, I always use BOTH HANDS.

    • Stan d. Upnow January 29, 2021, 10:04 am

      Bloomberg-financed pollster: “Good afternoon, sir, may I ask you if you support the 2nd Amendment?”

      Subject: “Why yes, yes I do.”

      Bloomberg-financed pollster: “Go To Hell!!” (walks away)

      Poll results: “93% of ‘all’ Americans support ‘common-sense’ gun safety measures.”

      Conclusion: Polls are BS

  • Big Al 45 January 28, 2021, 9:12 am

    LOL! Ok, ONCE AGAIN, that word “Unity” or “Unify” rears it’s cute little head.
    Unity for WHOM?!?!?!?!? And WITH whom?????
    There can be NO unity with Bloomberg and Assoc., they have made clear what they want, and WE don’t want it!!!!!!
    “Ol creepy Joe has said the same about unifying, you know, the man who told a bunch of Black people WE wanted them “back in chains”?!?!?!!
    Always with puttting Law abiding Americans in the hotseat, NEVER with taking CRIMINALS off the streets.

    • Robert BanksB January 28, 2021, 10:11 am

      BINGO.

    • DNFU January 28, 2021, 8:19 pm

      Leftists dictionaries must be very different from those of the average person. “Peace” and “Unity” in a Leftist dictionary look far more like “Domination” and “Control” in a real world dictionary. Just as their dictionary says a “Riot” is a peaceful protest as long it is Leftist destroying cities.

    • Stan d. Upnow January 29, 2021, 10:08 am

      Don’t you get it? “Unity” to the Progressive-Socialists means that you lousy, miserable, Trump-supporting, white supremacist, racist scumbags repent and adopt Their ideology. No discussion. Period.

  • Craig Morris January 28, 2021, 8:38 am

    The powers that be cannot control gun violence without first correcting what and where it comes from. Criminals will always obtain firearms. Going after the law abiding americans is a clear miss to where the problem comes from. Start addressing gang violence and drug violence as that’s where a lot of it comes from.

    • patriot pat January 28, 2021, 11:23 am

      I agree with the majority of your comment very much. I would just like to suggest that there is no such thing as “gun violence” as guns are inanimate objects. there is violence perpetrated by humans using guns (or knives, or cars, or just about any other inanimate object), but the key is that guns are incapable of committing violence. humans, however, are capable. assault is illegal. murder is illegal. in my opinion, we as a country should focus on the people who break these existing laws (and would do so even if there were no guns and they had to use an egg beater). spending time, effort, and money focusing on guns (an inanimate tool or object) is a very good distraction technique used to garner an emotional response to “do something about guns” rather than focus on the failures of just simply better enforcing current laws addressing violence committed by humans.

    • Chained January 28, 2021, 1:22 pm

      Exactly and the “children” dying from gunshot wounds are predominantly from within these gangs. The ruling parasite class are slick with their words.

      Mass shootings on the other hand are the work of the criminals in the CIA and FBI. They are executed to rally the middle class into accepting gun control and eventual disarmament of the people. Then hell comes to breakfast and the Nazi parasite class enslave us all. This is exactly what happened in the UK and Australia.

    • Stan d. Upnow January 29, 2021, 10:12 am

      Don’t you get their twisted mentality?
      It’s like taking away your vehicle to prevent a drunk driver from getting behind the wheel. Same twisted, wrong idea applies to their policies on guns.

  • Mark N. January 28, 2021, 1:40 am

    UBCs cannot be enacted without legislation, and good luck getting that done in 100 days. Further, if California’s UBC law is any reflection, UBCs are useless for two reasons: 1) criminals will still buy guns in the street, and for any felon, buying a gun is already illegal, so what difference a UBC law makes is clearly none at all. If the point of the law is to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, it is automatically doomed to fail. Second, California registers the new owner after a transaction, but does not remove the old owner from the system. As a result, the current owner of any given firearm that has had multiple owners cannot be determined from DOJ records.

  • Blue Dog (he/him) January 27, 2021, 4:10 pm

    There was a clear mandate this election for common sense gun safety legislation! There have been mandates in every Presidential election since the 90s (except 2004) because Democrat candidates have received more votes than their Republican counterparts. Assault weapon bans, limits on hi-cap or so-called standard cap mags, universal background checks – all common sense measures supported by large majorities, 70% and more. The only reason that there is no groundswell of support to ban pistol braces is because they are not widely known. The arc of history bends away from the recognition of firearm ownership as an individual right, but rather one reserved to a well-regulated militia, and it is that right reserved to the state-run militias that shall not be infringed. More people voted for it in 2020, and for that matter in 2016, 2012, 2008, 2000, 1996 and 1992. The will of the people must at some point be acknowledged!

    • paul January 28, 2021, 11:41 am

      You should join the military, or get some gun training because you obviously have no clue except what you were taught to hate guns. Self defense is a real issue and your rhetoric will only get good innocent people killed. So if that is in fact your goal might I suggest some other endeavor to act out your pent up aggression’s that are less lethal to others……

    • kc (sire/your majesty) January 28, 2021, 12:12 pm

      Got it. The bill of rights applies to the rights of the individual against the power of the state, except for the second amendment. The state has the right to own weapons for self protection, the state has freedom to publish whatever it wants, the state has protection against unreasonable search and seizure, the state doesn’t have to testify against itself…must be a product of a public non-education…

    • Clark Kent January 28, 2021, 6:06 pm

      Blue Dog: Take a Civics 101 class and get back to us. The Bill of Rights limits GOVERNMENT, not the PEOPLE. And those rights are God given; thus can not be taken away by ANY majority.

    • GomeznSA January 28, 2021, 7:30 pm

      dog – you are so so wrong on so many levels, it would take a doctoral dissertation to counter them all. A couple of quick examples will suffice for now. 1) the Second Amendment deals with INDIVIDUAL rights – not group rights as you intimate. That is true of all of the Bill of Rights (see the Heller decision). 2) please provide a LEGAL definition of “Assault weapon”. 3) please explain to us which of the currently existing 20,000+ gun controls laws is not predicated on ‘common sense’ and/or ‘reasonableness’. We will wait.

    • Stan d. Upnow January 29, 2021, 10:17 am

      As soon as you regurgitated the same trite, deceptive mantra of the gun-banners:
      “common sense gun safety legislation,” I threw away the rest of your comment.

      Keep wallowing in your stupidity.

    • allblues January 29, 2021, 11:31 am

      You just have to love gun grabbing trolls who feel it’s necessary to inform us of their personal pronouns. Blue Dog, who signs your checks, Soros or Nanny Bloomberg?

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