Jerrold Heyman: Majority manipulations

April 19, 2013 

Majority manipulations

Advocates for stricter gun laws point to surveys showing that a majority of people support additional background checks (and other restrictions) so something “must” be done by our government.

Yet a recent survey done by Elon University showed that 72 percent of North Carolinians support voter ID for N.C., and some are telling us that it doesn’t matter what the majority wants.

Why is poll majority on one issue important, but should be disregarded on another? Either it’s never important, or it’s always important. If you claim it can be both, then public opinion doesn’t really mean anything to you. It’s just to manipulate the agenda you support.

Fortunately, we don’t live in a democracy (mob rule). We live in a constitutional republic, where the minority opinion has protections.

Jerrold Heyman

Raleigh

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