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Data Point – Govt more at fault than guns for Florida high school massacre than gun control

if_you_cant_trust_freedom_how_can_you_trust_powerRasmussen Reports (reformatted, emphasis mine):

Most Americans think government error is more responsible than a lack of gun control for the Valentine’s Day massacre at a Florida high school.

  • 54% of American Adults believe the failure of government agencies to respond to numerous warning signs from the prospective killer is more to blame for the mass shooting. Thirty-three percent (33%) attribute the deaths more to a lack of adequate gun control. Eleven percent (11%) opt for something else.
  • Among Americans who have children of elementary or secondary school age, 61% think the government is more to blame. Just 23% of these adults fault a lack of adequate gun control more.
  • Forty-one percent (41%) of Americans believe stricter gun control laws would do the most to reduce the number of mass murders, while just as many (40%) say more action to treat mental health issues would make the biggest difference.

  • But Americans aren’t convinced stricter gun laws will reduce crime and don’t trust the government to fairly enforce those laws.
  • Those who have been following the news Very Closely see the failure of government agencies as more to blame for the Florida killings by a 54% to 35% margin. Middle-aged voters are the most likely to view the government as more to blame. Married adults and those with children in the home are even more likely to blame the government than those who are not married and don’t have children living with them.
  • Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans and 55% of adults not affiliated with either major political party see government failure as more to blame than a lack of adequate gun control, but just 36% of Democrats agree. Fifty percent (50%) of Democrats say a lack of sufficient gun control is more at fault.
  • Only 26% of Likely U.S. Voters trust the federal government to do the right thing at least most of the time.


  • Most Americans continue to believe that violent video games and movies make America a more hostile place. But just 13% feel that limits on violent movies and video games would do the most to reduce incidents like the one in Florida.
  • Fifty-four percent (54%) think the children in most schools in America are at least somewhat safe, but only 32% believe schools can be made completely safe against violence.

Er, on what planet do those 32% come from??  Life is ALL about risk and you can’t eliminate it.  Period.  The problem is that to make schools completely safe against violence (or life in America in general), we’d have to turn it all into a police state with cops following everyone.

Hmmm, has that ever turned out well in the past?

(H/T: Instapundit)