By Ed Morrissey
If you wonder why Democrats stopped talking about gun control, well, wonder no longer. Wonder no longer, either, about why Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats never followed up on their talk about re-enacting the so-called “assault rifle” ban. Gallup’s top line result is stunning, but not as much as its demographic breakdown is:
A record-low 26% of Americans favor a legal ban on the possession of handguns in the United States other than by police and other authorized people. When Gallup first asked Americans this question in 1959, 60% favored banning handguns. But since 1975, the majority of Americans have opposed such a measure, with opposition around 70% in recent years. …If you think that’s dramatic, take a look at what happened to the demographics on this question. Guess which demos saw the biggest drop in support for stricter gun-control laws? If you guessed the Midwest, well, score a point for you. Midwesterners used to be the second-most supportive of gun control by region but now are the most opposed, even beating the South. Aaaaaaaand if you guessed Republicans, score another point.