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Old April 19, 2013, 09:42 PM   #13
Tom Servo
Join Date: September 27, 2008
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Conversely, I heard from 3 separate radio stations today that the "majority" of NRA members favored expanded background checks.
The question is always "where and how did they get that number?"

Consider a blurb in this month's American Rifleman:

93 Percent oppose a law requiring gun owners to register with the federal government. 92 percent oppose a new federal law banning the sale of firearms between private citizens. [p. 35]
Even if the truth lies somewhere in the middle, it leans closer to "no." The answers can also change depending on the context and wording of the question.

Even though it's a falsehood, one side banked on their statistics, no matter how inaccurate they might be. The other side made its voice known to politicians directly. For once, it worked.
Sometimes it’s nice not to destroy the world for a change.
--Randall Munroe
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