This would be laughable if it weren't so pathetic. From a CBS News piece entitled "Poll: Most oppose assault weapon ban":
"A new poll indicates that more and more people now have guns in their homes, and that America's attitude towards gun-control may be shifting."
"America's attitude towards gun-control may be shifting"? Ya think?
A shift, so the really astute "news" people at CBS News know, that began over forty years ago.
I think what the author is trying to say is: I suppose we have to now admit - say it ain't so! - the fact that ...
Pathetic. Just pathetic.