The matchlock was the firearm of choice at the time of the Pilgrims. 150 years later it was the smooth bore "Brown Bess" muzzle loader.  During that time the gun was an invaluable tool in helping to found, feed and defend the new land and there wasn't much that was controversial about early guns in America.

Then, as reminded by the Morning Call online, the first controversy over gun rights in America began with a bang.  "On April 18, 1775, British troops left Boston headed for the towns of Lexington and Concord....not looking for rebels or the leaders who were advocating resistance to the crown. They were under specific orders to seize and destroy arms and munitions believed to be hidden in the two towns."

Seems like guns and controversy have travelled hand in hand or hand in holster ever since and with Joe Biden in the Whitehouse, it won't be ending anytime soon

A new survey by McLaughlin & Associates, a nationally recognized polling firm, shows overwhelming public support for the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, and a clear majority believe that more gun control laws would not have prevented recent mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado.

The survey shows gun grabbers are reaching upstream of public opinion as more than 72 percent of Americans support the right to keep and bear arms....73 percent agree the Second Amendment is one of our most important and cherished rights protected by the U.S. Constitution....and more than 58 percent say they are likely to support a candidate for Congress who supports the right to keep and bear arms.

It's pretty clear cut, if the survey is accurate...but that won't stop Democrats.  Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, says , "data shows how out-of-touch extremist gun control proponents are with public sentiment on gun rights and how to address violent crime. The survey may be read here."

Shootings that make the news always stirs emotions and debate but by a margin of 44.9 percent to 37.6 percent respondents think more gun control laws would not have stopped recent mass shooting tragedies.  Instead, more than 52% believe better enforcement of existing gun laws is the right approach to reducing violent crime, and 55.5 percent want politicians to focus on current laws rather than enact more laws.