The other day a poll was released by Nielson Brothers polling and found that many South Dakota citizens would like universal background checks. I found it interesting because in the poll they asked if it would influence your support of a candidate. The answer: yep!
The Nielson Brothers poll found that 41 percent of South Dakota voters are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports universal background checks, while 26 percent said they would be less likely to support such a candidate.
I found that very interesting after checking out District 6 Senator Ernie Otten's facebook page where he posts non-stop about having to defend the right to go to a shooting range and shoot off uzis and HK-MP5 at the end of June. He posts posters about Obama arming Syrian rebels without checking their background, but wanting to check US citizen's background. (Even though it is the GOP that has pushed hard to arm Syria first.) Senator Thune doubles down on not having universal background checks and we know that Kristi Noem is against the simple idea too.
I am not against hunting, I don't want to prevent Ernie from shooting off some guns at the gun range, and I don't think we should ban all guns. I am like most South Dakotans. I just want people to use some basic common sense that can make me a little safer. In a recent study, South Dakota showed that it had 75 gun deaths in 2010, ranking us 15th in the nation when examining the rate per 100,000 people. This puts us behind states like California, Minnesota, Iowa, New York, and Rhode Island.
We like to be number one for business, lets find ways to make us number one in preventing gun deaths!