The National Rifle Association continues to hold sway in Congress — mainly because it's ability to marshal its forces against politicians who dare oppose its stances scares the hell out of most lawmakers. The pols know that more than a few gun nuts are single-issue voters. Nothing matters more to these zealots than their firearms. But the fact […]


The National Rifle Association continues to hold sway in Congress — mainly because it's ability to marshal its forces against politicians who dare oppose its stances scares the hell out of most lawmakers.

The pols know that more than a few gun nuts are single-issue voters. Nothing matters more to these zealots than their firearms.

But the fact remains that the NRA's resistance to even common-sense gun-control measures doesn't jibe with public opinion.

Consider THIS:

Two years after the failure of Senate legislation to expand background checks on gun purchases, the public continues to overwhelmingly support making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks. Currently, 85% of Americans " including large majorities of Democrats (88%) and Republicans (79%) " favor expanded background checks, little changed from May 2013 (81%).

The latest Pew Research Center poll of 2,002 adults, conducted July 14-20, finds that opinions about other gun policy proposals also are largely unchanged from two years ago, shortly after the December 2012 school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Nearly eight-in-ten (79%) favor laws to prevent people with mental illness from purchasing guns, 70% back the creation of a federal database to track all gun sales, while a smaller majority (57%) supports a ban on assault-style weapons.