Rich Galen

The conventional wisdom among the geniuses who are paid to tell us what to think about and how to think about it has been that the National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre had lost his mind when he proclaimed, after the tragedy in Connecticut, that the way to stop a bad guy with a guy is with a good guy with a gun.

LaPierre went on to suggest that schools hire armed guards to protect the children against some nut showing up with a weapon and an agenda.

The popular press and the social elite went bat --- well, they disagreed.

Now comes an actual poll by one of the prized news organizations of the social elite, the Washington Post, which shows that once you get out of what reporter Chris Cillizza calls "The Acela Corridor" - the tract of America between Washington, DC, New York City, and Boston:

"A majority (55 percent) of Americans in the poll support the idea of putting an armed guard in every school in the country, including 65 percent of Republicans, 53 percent of independents and 52 percent of Democrats."

Whoa! Check Please!

Even a majority of Democrats? Yes, but none of them attended the Golden Globes earlier this week.

To be fair, there is significant support for changes to existing gun laws in that poll:

-- 88% - 11% on whether to require background checks for people buying guns at gun shows.

-- 71% - 27% on whether to establish a federal database to track gun sales.

-- 65% - 32% on whether to ban the sale of high capacity clips.

-- 58% - 39% on whether to ban the sale of assault weapons.


-- 96% - 3% the President and Congress should put a high priority on the economy

-- 88% - 10% they should put a high priority on reducing federal spending

-- 59% - 38% they should put a high priority on "enacting stricter gun control laws."

President Barack Obama is expected to, according to the NY Times, to "embrace a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence that will call for major legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases and lay out 19 separate actions the president could take by invoking the power of his office."

That should happen about noon on Wednesday and we'll have to wait and see how far the President presses the envelope of the power of Executive Orders and how willing even Democrats on the Hill are to support him.

New, but related, topic:

You've read about the environmentalists' opposition to what is known as "fracking" - the method of recovering natural gas and oil from huge shale deposits by injecting the formations with high pressure water and chemicals to break apart the rock and release the fuel.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at