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Support for gun rights at highest point in two decades

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/10/support-gun-rights-highest-point-two-decades/

By David Sherfinski and Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times - Updated: 7:56 a.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014

Support for gun rights is higher than it’s been in decades, according to the latest data from the Pew Research Center that signals a stunning turnaround in how Americans feel about the issue just two years after the Newtown school shooting.

Pew found that 52 percent of Americans say Second Amendment rights are more important than gun control — up 7 percentage points from just after the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 schoolchildren and six faculty dead.

hat’s the highest approval rating in two decades, and it’s being driven in part by changing attitudes among black Americans, who are increasingly likely to view guns as good for public safety.

Pew found 54 percent of blacks now say firearms protect people from being victims of crimes, compared to 41 percent who say they are a public safety risk. Just two years ago, only 29 percent of blacks said guns were a public safety boon.

“Over the past two years, blacks’ views on this measure have changed dramatically,” Pew researchers said.

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The changes are all the more stunning given the direction the debate appeared to be going two years ago, when 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother, then drove to the elementary school where he fatally shot 26 people, then turned the gun on himself to commit suicide.

President Obama called for major new restrictions on gun rights in the wake of the shooting, asking Congress to enact a bill to subject more gun purchases to background checks and to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines and military-style rifles. But gun rights supporters rallied, blocking those efforts in the Senate and leaving the matter stalled.

Some states acted in lieu of federal action, but Democrats on Capitol Hill said Wednesday they remain committed to imposing new restrictions.

“It is imperative that we act,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said at an event to commemorate the Newtown shooting. “We must stick with this.”

Gun control supporters said other polling still shows strong support for specific changes. Requiring universal background checks garners support of about 90 percent of Americans, while support for limits on rifles and ammunition magazines hovers just above 50 percent.

Ladd Everitt, a spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said Pew’s findings reflect a sharp partisan divide on the issue, but also said the wording of the survey might have influenced the results. The survey asked whether it was more important to “control gun ownership” or “protect the right of Americans to own guns.”

“The notion of having ‘rights’ is certainly going to be more appealing than the notion of being ‘controlled,’ no matter what topic you are asking respondents about,” he said in an email. “We’d be curious to see how the polling would look if Pew Research asked respondents if they believed they had ‘a right to be free from gun violence in their communities through the enactment of sensible gun legislation.’”

Specific wording aside, Pew’s research suggested a shift over time. Support for gun control peaked at 66 percent in the late 1990s, or about the time of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, and has dropped 20 percentage points since then.

The recent shift has also happened across nearly all demographic lines.

When posed a choice between supporting gun rights or gun controls, men and women, old and young, white and black and Republican and Democrat all saw their preference for Second Amendment rights increase over the last two years.

African-Americans’ supporticon1.png for gun rights rose from 24 percent to 34 percent, and whites’ backing rose from 53 percent to 61 percent. Only Hispanics saw a drop in their support for gun rights, slipping 2 percentage points to 25 percent, or lower than blacks’ level of support.

While Democrats still generally back gun controls, with just 28 percent supportingicon1.png gun rights, majorities of both Republicans and independents say the Second Amendment trumps their desire for more controls.


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I support gun rights, it's just the gun wrongs that bother me.


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The USA would be a scary place if only the Government and criminals had guns.


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The USA would be a scary place if only the Government and criminals had guns.

Totally, the federal government would probably start imprisoning people without due process and torture them etc......oh wait....

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When in doubt, buy a gun. That should the party of fear and loathing, new catch phrase.

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Folks understand after Ferguson the police will not be there to save you from a mob attack .After the hammer beating murder in St Louis . Folks realize the police will not be there to save you from some one (or many ) who wishes to do you harm . Black folks are starting to recognize this. .


If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them, Detroit Police Chief James Craig

Florida currently has more concealed-carry permit holders than any other state, with 1,269,021 issued as of May 14, 2014

The liberal elite ... know that the people simply cannot be trusted; that they are incapable of just and fair self-government; that left to their own devices, their society will be racist, sexist, homophobic, and inequitable -- and the liberal elite know how to fix things. They are going to help us live the good and just life, even if they have to lie to us and force us to do it. And they detest those who stand in their way."
- A Nation Of Cowards, by Jeffrey R. Snyder

Tavis Smiley: 'Black People Will Have Lost Ground in Every Single Economic Indicator' Under Obama

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Folks understand after Ferguson the police will not be there to save you from a mob attack .After the hammer beating murder in St Louis . Folks realize the police will not be there to save you from some one (or many ) who wishes to do you harm . Black folks are starting to recognize this. .

Another thing folks are noticing after Ferguson is that this mob mentality is getting worse, not better. I blame Obama for a lot of it, he hasn't handled these high profile cases properly and in turn has ignited more hatred and violence across the country. It hasn't gotten me to the point of owning a gun yet, but it might if it continues to get worse.

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Another thing folks are noticing after Ferguson is that this mob mentality is getting worse, not better. I blame Obama for a lot of it, he hasn't handled these high profile cases properly and in turn has ignited more hatred and violence across the country. It hasn't gotten me to the point of owning a gun yet, but it might if it continues to get worse.

If he sympathizes with the protesters, he offends anyone who's against it. If he goes in the other direction, he's adding more fuel to the fire. You couldn't pay me enough to be in his shoes right now. The riots in Berkeley, CA are getting out of hand with people punching cops in the face and smashing windows. Hopefully something is done soon.


“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King

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If he sympathizes with the protesters, he offends anyone who's against it. If he goes in the other direction, he's adding more fuel to the fire. You couldn't pay me enough to be in his shoes right now. The riots in Berkeley, CA are getting out of hand with people punching cops in the face and smashing windows. Hopefully something is done soon.

The thing is, he shouldn't be sympathizing with anyone, it's not his place. His statement should be "I'll let the justice system play out" and then move on. He really has no right to be pro-active on either side like he has been in the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown cases..

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The thing is, he shouldn't be sympathizing with anyone, it's not his place. His statement should be "I'll let the justice system play out" and then move on. He really has no right to be pro-active on either side like he has been in the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown cases..

But history has taught us that the justice system isn't always right. It's not infallible. And there are times when you should speak out on something.


“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King

"Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge." -Toni Morrison

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