The headlines are certainly eye-popping coming out of a national poll of mayors and their views of gun control.
Here’s an example from the Daily News:
Almost 90% of mayors in survey want Congress to pass stricter gun laws
It’s a staggering number to be sure, but the results hold even more surprises.
Only 11% of those polled said they thought Congress was doing enough on gun control.
Another 93% said they do not support so-called “open-carry” measures, which make it legal for qualified citizens to openly carry a firearm in public, with only 7% saying they did.
And 93% also said that teachers and principals should not be armed to help stop school shootings.
Now, doesn’t that seem slightly suspicious? 93% of mayor’s don’t want citizens to defend themselves through open-carry, and the same percentage don’t want to protect soft targets such as gun-free school zones?
Not to worry – the Daily News and Politico who conducted the study, insist that these mayors come from states that have a wide range of political beliefs, leaders from red, blue and purple states.
Sounds convincing right? Wrong. While these mayors are from various states, their party affiliation is anything but red or purple – they’re almost exclusively stone cold blue.
Every mayor cited in the Daily News report comes from one party:
Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr. – Democrat
Houston Mayor Annise Parker – Democrat
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman – Democrat
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee – Democrat
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh – Democrat
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett – Democrat
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu – Democrat
Even the mayor used in an accompanying image, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, is a Democrat.
While the Daily News used a very skewed sample to make their point, Politico wasn’t any better:
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner – Democrat
Kansas City Mayor Sly James – An Independent who in this profile was fond of Obama ’08 bumper stickers
Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas – Democrat
Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell – An independent who is ‘socially progressive.’
Stamford Mayor David Martin – Democrat
Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones – Democrat
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia – Democrat
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry – Democrat
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell – Democrat
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley – Democrat
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra – Democrat
As well as the aforementioned Tom Barrett and Annise Parker.
One lone Republican was cited for his opposition to an anti-Second amendment gun grab from Congress or the President, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr. who said he “[honors] the Constitutional right of a U.S. citizen to bear arms.”