Hardly anyone in media or the political realm know how to reason anymore. I'm not sure if political pundits, operators and analysts intentionally obscure the truth or whether they just no longer know how to think in ways that are bigger than the immediate spin on their agenda.
Recently, on all liberal news outlets, you hear the pundits, analysts and operators talk about how the majority of Americans want background checks. When they say this it's with utter disbelief that anyone can oppose background checks, especially Republicans, when the majority of Americans want background checks.
First, we don't how the question was asked in the poll. If you ask if gun dealers should make sure that mad killers aren't being sold guns, then most people will say no, that they should be checked. If you ask people, though, if there should be background checks if these checks would likely lead to a national registry which demands that all trades and gifts and purchases be registered, then the results will change.
If you look at Constitutional issues and ask if the government should violate the Constitution in order to control guns, you'll get a much different response. The bottom line is, though, that majority opinion is never a good reason to pass laws. What if a poll shows that the majority of Americans want only people who attend church regularly to own guns? Would that be something no one can oppose? Remember, even the ACLU has problems with the current gun control efforts.