This comes in no small part because liberals seem to think all gun owners believe the same thing as the NRA. Bust as Huffington Post pointed out last year:
According to Pew Research, 85 percent of people with guns in their home support universal background checks. Another more recent poll puts that number at 92 percent. A third poll found that 74 percent of NRA members supported mandatory background checks....A majority of gun-owners also support outlawing the sale of semi-automatic weapons and online sales of ammunition. Again, the NRA and their gun industry benefactors vehemently oppose these reasonable gun safety measures.To get a different perspective on guns, we recommend our previously cited NY Times interview with Dan Baum, author of Gun Guys.
I've never owned a gun, but I've had relatives and friends who have and they are, on the whole, just as nice and rational as other folks.
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