Why Public Opinion is Shifting on Gay Marriage (And Why It Isn’t on Gun Control)

Support for same-sex marriage has become a mainstream political position at head-spinning speed, but that is far from true when it comes to gun control. The diverging trajectory is in a sense bewildering. There are no bandwagons for new gun safety laws, no senators rushing to the cause on a near daily basis. There’s only a slog against long odds.

Polls so far this year on same-sex marriage suggest that slightly more than half of Americans favor it. There are higher levels of support – in some cases much higher – for many gun control provisions under discussion. So why all the friction and angst over guns, but not gay marriage? [cont.]

Jill Lawrence, National Journal

Recent polls: Guns | Marriage