In fact, according to NBC12 News, the poll shows that only four percent of Virginians polled want the state legislature to address the whole gun law issue. The low percentage figure quoted by NBC12 seemed rather unusual, especially with the partisan split in this state over gun control laws.
Further checking shows that the poll was misquoted on the issue of whether or not Virginians wanted gun law issues to be taken up by the state legislature. Actually, a whopping 42 percent on the 1,374 registered voters polled say they do want the state legislature to take up this very issue.
While it is true that Mayor Bloomberg is an outspoken advocate of stricter gun control laws, politicians in states with weak or non-existent gun laws are well aware of the problem Bloomberg is facing. But it still is up to those states to change their laws, and in most cases, nothing is being done.
Actual statistics show that Virginia is ranked 7th behind West Virginia, ranked 2nd, and Mississippi, ranked first in the nation in the number of guns exported to other states. In fact, Virginia's gun laws appear to be quite adequate, based on the declining crime rates within the state.
Polls are a good thing, especially when it comes to formulating policy, and finding out where the public stands on a given issue. People should keep in mind though, that a poll only takes into account a percentage, and it's a very small percentage of the population.