Fox News poll: Majorities support new gun measures | Fox News

I just got off the phone with a staffer for Senator Cruz of Texas.  I was urging the Senator to not block the vote today on background checks on gun sales and expressed bewilderment that he would filibuster such a vote.  I told the guy that 80-90% of his constituents support background checks.  He gave a variety of answers, and I have included each with my response to him below:

“There has been no poll on the bill” – true, but there have been many polls on universal background checks, specifically at gun shows and online sales, which is what the Toomy-Manchin bill addresses.

What poll are you siting sir? Do you have a date” – all of them dude.  all of them.  how about a Fox News poll that showed 80% of Republicans, even a majority of Tea Partiers support these policies (that shut him up fast): Fox News poll: Majorities support new gun measures | Fox News.

“Even Biden said background checks wouldn’t have stopped the last school shooting” – maybe so but with tens of thousands of gun deaths each year you’ve got to be crazy to think that stopping criminals from walking into gun shows and buying a gun no questions asked won’t reduce gun violence.  Plus, Al Q’aeda’s training manual specifically mentions our loose gun laws and gun shows as a way to easily buy weapons without scrutiny.  Why would anyone block a vote on such a bill?

The majority of people calling our office today are opposed to the bill” – of course they are, because the NRA is telling them it’s a 2nd Amendment issue when it’s not.  If you’re not a criminal, you pass a background check, you buy a gun.  Do a poll in the neighborhood where those people are calling from and 80% of the Republicans there support this policy.  And that still doesn’t explain why you would filibuster vs. just voting against it.

Bottom line: please call you Senator asap.  there are a lot more NRA people calling against than regular people calling in support.  Vote is at 4 PM. Please call right now.


About Cyrus

Cyrus Tashakkori is Vice President at Pioneer Green Energy, a wind and solar power developer based in Austin, TX. He has an MBA and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Texas in Austin and a Bachelor's in Science & Economics from the University of North Carolina, Asheville.
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