Joan Peterson and other bigots often appeal to the "great silent majority." She has said multiple times effectively that while pro-gun rights people post frequently to her comments, she has many readers who choose not to comment who are on her side of the issue. That may be true, but I kind of doubt it. Baldr over at New Trajectory just posted a poll asking people where they fall on the issue. He has 520 votes and 98% of them are "Very much against stricter [gun control] legislation." There's 1 vote that's only "somewhat against." And then a total of 9 votes supporting stronger legislation.
Given that the NRA (4.5 million dues paying members) outnumbers the Brady Campaign (~50K dues paying members) 90:1, I suppose Baldr is doing well; he's only outnumbered 56:1 on his poll right now.
I don't doubt that the great silent majority is out there -- most people, even gun owners, are not engaged one way or another on the issue. But they're not reading Baldr's blog.
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