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Is the American legislature working or have we lost representation of the people?

With the recent congressional debacle over gun control and the failed attempt at increasing background checks, despite 90% of the population desiring such regulation, I feel as though the current congress is not functioning properly. I am starting to strongly feel as though the people elected to represent citizens are not understanding/caring what the people want.


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  • May 1 2013: Miguel,

    I'd like to tackle the 90% number being used to as support for additional gun legislation. A couple of questions I would pose is how are we arriving at this 90% numbers. Most polls that I have seen often ask general questions such as this one:


    It simply asks:

    "Would you support or oppose a law requiring background checks on people buying guns at gun shows?"

    However, I would argue that this does not translate into support for additional gun control legislation for expanding background checks. In addition, how many of these respondents are knowledgeable of existing gun control laws? Do these respondents know that background checks are already commonplace at gun shows by law? I would argue that the 90% number being used is not only derived from flawed surveying, but that it is being misused to support additional legislation.

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