Based on Politix polls, you might have thought conservatives were winning the messaging war on guns. 80% of Politix users believe tighter gun laws would not have helped prevent Sandy Hook, and only 29% of you support an assault weapons ban.
Yet one conservative pundit thinks conservatives are undermining their own case on guns, and turning off potential gun rights supporters.
The Daily Caller's Christopher Bedford says his main problem is with conservatives who blame violent movies and videogames. This argument is stupid, he writes, because it suggests violent games might be censored to prevent gun violence. Basically, some conservatives advise sacrificing the First Amendment to protect the Second.
Plus the idea that video games cause gun violence is simply wrong, he writes. Violent crime has dropped in the past two decades, at the same time as "the number, variety and apparent realism of violent movies and video games exploded." (Of course, that's just a correlation, and as we know correlation doesn't equal causation.)
Using the same data, Bedford lambasts the claim that culture is in decline. Crime has dropped and cities are safer than they were 50 or 100 years ago, so why do we look back on the past as a golden age?