[J]ust over half of all respondents, 53 percent, said they would support a ban on some semiautomatic weapons.
Some semiautomatic weapons? Most pistols sold these days are semiautomatic - did the Times really find this kind of support for a handgun quasi-ban?
Let's roll the videotape! Here is the poll question:
A ban on semi-automatic weapons - including "some" pistols? I welcome assistance in finding detailed sales figures but to demonstrate the popularity of semiautomatic handguns lets start here:
Top 10 Handguns depicts nine semiautomatics and the Dirty Harry Smith & Wesson revolver.
Top 10 Handguns for Self-Defense shows one revolver, one derringer, and eight semiautomatics.
The top selling handguns mentioned here are all semiautomatic.
And eventually I will get this BATFE report to open and it will show us manufacturing and export figures. That is not final sales, but it is a useful proxy. Kind of suspenseful right now...
OK - 2.6 million pistols, which will be semiautomatic; 572,857 revolvers.
In any case, the Times managed to ask a very misleading question, which makes me wonder how much stock to put in the answer. I don't think there is broad public support for banning the most popular handguns in America.
FOX ON THE RUN: Ahh! What kind of right-wing noise machine are we running here?
From the latest Fox News poll on gun control:
Banning assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons: 54% Favor, 42% Oppose.
Well, that dovetails nicely with the Times response. Still a bad question though.