Look at real gun control statistics

March 23, 2013

On March 19, the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence proudly released a poll, completed by a Washington polling company, that stated, "66 percent in New Cstle County, 56 percent in Kent County and 54 percent in Sussex County supported stricter laws for gun control." That sounds pretty overwhelming until you consider the following.

There are 917,092 people in Delaware. This company "randomly" selected 600 registered voters in Delaware to conduct their poll. That means .065 percent of Delawareans were contacted. That is less than 1 percent. I wonder what the other 99.94 percent think?

At Gov. Markell's gun control legislation debate March 19, I took a poll of around 200 Delawareans, mainly from New Castle Coumty. It revealed an overwhelming 99 percent of the attendees were against all five of Markell's bills! Keep in mind that this meeting was open to the public and heavily advertised by the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence, which supports all five of Markell's bills.

We feel that this is a more accurate poll as those who were in attendance are the people who are engaged, and who have taken the time to research the proposed laws.

Theresa Garcia

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