The shooting in Arizona a week ago gave Democrats an opening to attach to it whatever they have on their agenda: from restricting free speech, to cutting back gun rights, and ultimately trying to destroy Sarah Palin. But polls, as of now, are bad news for Democrats and their liberal talking points:
> A CBS News Poll shows that 57% surveyed, including 57% Independents, do not associate political rhetoric with the shooting. This flies in the microphones and cameras of Leftist commentators who were busy blaming rhetoric on the shooting.
> A Rasmussen Poll released Thursday, January 13, 2010, writes that 62% survey think that stricter gun rules would not have avoided the Arizona shooting, and 58% said so in the above CBS Poll.
> 56% in the above Rasmussen poll say that the United States does not need stricter gun laws.
> Only fifteen percent, again: only 15%, in a Quinnipiac Poll taken January 10-11, say that Overheated Political Rhetoric was a main reason for the Arizona Shooting, and only 9%, only nine! say lax gun laws was the main reason40% in this poll say this shooting could not have been prevented.
> 36% in the above poll say that liberals are more responsible for heated political rhetoric, versus 32% who say Conservatives are more responsible.
Encouraging about these polling numbers is that the American public can read and see news stories for what they are, regardless what the mainstream media attempts with their ever dwindling influence.