Google Data Says We're Ready To Talk About Gun Control, But We Probably Won't

Illustration for article titled Google Data Says Were Ready To Talk About Gun Control, But We Probably Wont

The Wall Street Journal picked up a hope-inspiring dataset from Google showing a swift change in gun-related searching habits from before and after the San Bernardino shootings. It showed a massive spike for “gun control” searches (blue in the image above) related to “gun shop” searches (red). Yes, maybe we’re finally ready to get serious about this violent epidemic! Nope, not really.

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Illustration for article titled Google Data Says Were Ready To Talk About Gun Control, But We Probably Wont

We wrote a similar story back in 2012 after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that shows these big spikes, always followed by predictable slopes into normalcy. So while this Google data does show some interesting things—like Kentucky and Tennessee being the biggest gun nuts of them all, based on this search data—this spike will probably also plummet like all the other spikes before it.

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So we can just keep stewing in our frustration and lament that there will most definitely be a mass shooting in the United States, at the very least one every day, and we’ll search about them. And we’ll wish and wonder how it could be different... again.

[Google Trends via Washington Post]

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I think the problem with a lot of anti-gun people is they know nothing about guns. Talk to anyone that knows about guns and they will tell you how dumb the laws are. I mean seriously, in California, some guns are illegal because the brand that is stamped in metal, the color of the stock, whether or not it has a finger hole in a certain location. If politicians actually learned about what they wanted to ban/restrict, and showed that they actually knew what they were talking about, I think a lot of pro gun people would be much more open to at least hearing them out. But as it is, with politicians trying to ban “the shoulder thing that goes up” we can’t have a rational discussion.