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Nearly Every Voter Supports Universal Gun Background Checks

There are more Americans who claim to have personally seen a UFO (11%) than oppose background checks.

To say that support for universal background checks for gun sales is overwhelming would be an understatement. A new Quinnipiac poll shows that almost every registered voter backs the policy change.

According to the poll, 92 percent of voters nationwide support background checks for all gun buyers, only 7 percent oppose background checks. I cannot think of a single issue in any political polling that has ever been so one-sided.

Just to show how incredibly fringe the opposition to universal background checks is I went looking for things that poll higher. For example more Americans don’t believe President Obama was born in the United States (17%) than oppose background checks. Twice as many Americans think the Sun revolves around the Earth (18%) as oppose background checks. There are even more Americans who claim to have personally seen a UFO (11%) than oppose background checks.

Nearly every regular American supports this commonsense reform. It may be one of the least controversial ideas proposed in decades. The fact that there is a real chance Congress may not approve it shows how unbelievably powerful the gun manufacturer lobby is.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at