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Morning Examiner: The Left’s epistemic closure on guns

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“You do not ignore 90 percent of the American people on an issue of public safety,” MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough said the morning after the U.S. Senate voted down the Toomey-Manchin gun control bill. “Mark it down, this is going to be a turning point in the history of the Republican Party. … This party that killed this background check yesterday — this party is moving toward extinction.”

Scarborough was referring to a Washington Post poll purporting to show that 90 percent of the American people fervently supported the expanded background checks in the Toomey-Manchin gun control bill. That poll was widely cited by Democrats and gun-control activists as proof that the vast majority of Americans supported their gun control agenda.

But now that the vote is over, the Post is out with a different poll that better reflects Americans’ true opinion on the issue. From the Post:

A plurality [of adults] (47 percent) describe themselves as either “angry” or “disappointed” about the failure of the gun legislation but 39 percent call themselves “relieved” or ”happy” about what happened. That’s a far cry from the 90-ish percent support that expanding background checks — the centerpiece of the proposed legislation — enjoyed. And, among those who said they were “very closely” keeping tabs on the vote, the split was even closer; 48 percent said they were angry/disappointed while 47 percent were relieved or happy.

Liberals like Scarborough, and the whole set of MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," had so completely surrounded themselves with like-minded people that the 90 percent poll number they were citing actually sounded accurate. While, in actuality, if they had been in any real contact with real Americans outside the New York-Washington corridor, they would have known that opposition to Toomey-Manchin was very widespread.

If the White House wants to know why their agenda has stalled, they are not going to find the answers on MSNBC.

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