Another illustration of how far things have come
Over at the Huffington Post, the head of Brady Campaign is rejoicing in a survey that finds a whole 30% thought that stricter gun laws (the term being left undefined) might have helped a lot at Va Tech, and that on the question of whether allowing lawful carrying of guns on campus would help or hurt, 23% thought it would help and 26% thought it would hurt.
To think that today, their side of the movement has to regard those figures as good news.
The survey is here, in pdf... gun questions are after #60. And that was about the closest thing to good news for Brady.
The survey is of 17-29 year olds (with some questions matched with recent data for all adults), so you'd expect this to be favorable to Brady's cause. (Asked which primary election they'd vote in, Demos outnumbered Repubs almost 2-1). And many questions are "stacked" ("How big of a problem is..." starts you thinking that this is a problem). But...
How big of a problem are guns in schools? Choices are not serious or serious. Serious stacking here, but 70% said not serious.
Would stricter gun control have helped at Va Tech? 42% said no effect, 30% "a little."
And going back to questions No. 1 and No. 6, asked (without prompting) to say what was the most serious question facing people of your generation, and the country ... crime got one response and gun control got zero.