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Grassroots v. astroturf

The Trace, on noting that only 13% of respondents to ATF’s bumpstock request support gun control, gets a little butthurt:

The results of our analysis showcase a paradox of the gun debate. While widespread public support exists for many gun regulations and policies from bump stocks to background checks pro-gun advocates are significantly more active than their counterparts when it comes to engaging politicians and government agencies.

That’s because our side actually has a grassroots movement. You don’t. People are passionate about rights. Less so about infringing on them.

5 Responses to “Grassroots v. astroturf”

  1. Sean D Sorrentino Says:

    Weer’d likes to call it the “Our side is so much more numerous, but they’re just too damn lazy to tell you,” gambit

  2. Paul Koning Says:

    The other aspect is that the “widespread support” is mostly the result of dishonestly worded questions.

  3. Joe Says:

    All they have is Twitter bots.

  4. HeresWhatsMissing Says:

    Their study also shows something else: that gun owners are more knowledgeable than their gun control counterparts.

    75% of gun owner responses were unique, as opposed to 55% of gun control advocates, who seemed to favor boilerplate.

    You don’t need a lot of thought to be a hoplophobe.

  5. HeresWhatsMissing Says:

    Correction: 45% of hoplophobes were unique.