We heard the repeated claims from President Barack Obama after the U.S. Senate rejected his universal background checks.
“How can something have 90% support, yet not happen?” the president bemoaned last week.
“You need to let your representatives in Congress know that you are disappointed, and if they don't act this time you will remember come election time,” Obama threatened.
Do 90% of Americans really support his legislation?
According to a Quinipiac Poll after the Newtown school massacre they did. However, as with anything related to politics, Dan Holler at Heritage Action for America says the devil is in the details.
“The first version of the gun bill that was drafted, a background check expansion meant if you wanted to borrow a buddy's hunting rifle and you didn't get a background check, you and your buddy would both be felons,” Holler tells KTRH News.
The latest version which failed, would have allowed your shrink to turn you in.
“That meant your psychiatrist could have turned your name over to the national data base and prevented you from buying a gun,” he says.
“If you poll the American people, 90% of them are not going to be okay with eroding mental health policy, but that's what President Obama and proponents of the gun control legislation would lead you to believe,” says Holler.
By the end of March, a CBS News poll suggested support for stricter gun control had waned to just 47%, down from a previous 57%. That poll also showed 66% of Democrats favored stricter gun laws, compared with 78% in February.
A new USA Today poll shows support for gun control has fallen below 50%.
If anything was 'shameful' as the president described, gun advocates says it was Obama's reaction to the bill's failure.