More than 4 in 10 Republicans think mass shootings are inevitable in a “free society,” according to a new poll by CBS News and YouGov.
“Ah’m free t’ shoot-up whoever Ah want, Praise Jeebus, an’ that’s whut’s impotent t’ me.”
One of the questions in the poll asked respondents if they feel that mass shootings are “unfortunately something we have to accept as part of a free society” or “something we can prevent and stop if we really tried.”
In response, 44% of Republicans said mass shootings are inevitable “as part of a free society.” Meanwhile, 85% of Democrats and 73% of Independents said mass shootings are preventable “if we really tried.”
The “we gotta have guns to protect us from the evil gubmint taking our guns” crowd is as confident as we are cynical:
In the CBS/YouGov poll, respondents from political parties across the board seemed to agree that it is unlikely Congress will “pass any laws in the next few months that will make significant changes to gun policy.”
A total of 66% of Democrats, 72% of Independents, and 71% of Republicans indicated that they think it is “not very likely” or “not at all likely” that Congress passes significant, new gun policies in the coming months.
…and we’re all probably right about this. From the chief Republican negotiator:
Axios morning email thingie gives us the run-down on this weekend’s killing sprees, you bet:
Seven mass shootings this weekend — two at graduation parties — resulted in the deaths of 12 people and injuries to 50+ others, Axios’ Ivana Saric reports.
- A bustling street in Philadelphia saw multiple shooters open fire Saturday night, killing three people and injuring at least 11 others. Gunshots initially rang out during an altercation around 11:30 p.m. in the heart of South Street’s popular hub of bars and restaurants.
- A shooting near a bar in Chattanooga, Tenn., left 14 people struck and three others hit by cars, police said. Three people were killed: Two died from gunshots, and the third was run over by a vehicle that was trying to flee the scene, per local media.
- A shooting outside a bar in Mesa, Ariz., early yesterday killed two people and left two others injured, an Arizona ABC affiliate reported.
- An outdoor high school graduation party in Summerton, S.C., ended in bloodshed after two cars pulled up to a house and a shooting began. Eight people were hit, officials said. One of the victims died.
- Outside Richmond in Chester, Va., a 20-year-old man was fatally shot and seven other young people were injured after gunfire erupted during a graduation party. (AP)
- A shooting at a strip mall in Phoenix left one person dead and eight others injured. (AP)
- A shooting in Macon, Ga., shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday left one dead and three others injured, authorities said.
The Senate is back today, with all eyes on whether 10 Republican votes will materialize for a gun legislation deal. The Betting Window is open, if you have Quatloos burning in your pockets.