David Plouffe appeared on ABC‘s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and talked about the vast network of support behind the proposals, despite of the controversial nature of the gun debate.
“This is a tough issue like a lot of them that we’re dealing with,” Plouffe said. “I will say this, these are commonsense proposals that respect the rights of gun owners.”
The senior advisor said the high-capacity magazine and assault weapons ban, universal background checks, progress in mental health and school safety are issues that are widely supported by the American people and both sides of the aisle. And while Plouffe said they “don’t expect it all to pass, or in its current form,” he pointed to the assault weapons ban as a crucial piece.
But while Plouffe’s assertion about wide support for Obama’s proposals might be true for some of the issues he mentioned, it is certainly a stretch for an assault weapons ban. In a Gallup poll conducted just days after the Sandy Hook shooting, 51 percent of Americans said they opposed an assault weapons ban. Only 44 percent of Americans support the ban.
While the margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points could swing the poll in the other direction, it’s clear that Plouffe’s so-called “enormous support” of an assault weapons ban is an exaggeration. At best, it’s about a 50/50 issue.
But if there isn’t really “enormous support” for Obama’s proposals, can we really believe Plouffe when he says they “respect the rights of gun owners”?