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    Pew first: Gun rights top gun control in major public opinion shift

    Exactly two years after President Obama's bid for gun control following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting died in Congress, a new poll has discovered a huge shift in public opinion to backing Second Amendment gun rights and away from controlling gun ownership.

    The reason: Americans now believe having a gun is the best way to protect against crime, 63 percent to 30 percent.

    Despite lower crime rates, support for gun rights increases By Andrew Kohut

    For most of the 1990s and the subsequent decade, a substantial majority of Americans believed it was more important to control gun ownership than to protect gun owners’ rights. But in December 2014, the balance of opinion flipped: For the first time, more Americans say that protecting gun rights is more important than controlling gun ownership, 52% to 46%.

    http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank...hts-increases/
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/pe...rticle/2563304
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare View Post
    Exactly two years after President Obama's bid for gun control following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting died in Congress, a new poll has discovered a huge shift in public opinion to backing Second Amendment gun rights and away from controlling gun ownership.

    The reason: Americans now believe having a gun is the best way to protect against crime, 63 percent to 30 percent.

    Despite lower crime rates, support for gun rights increases By Andrew Kohut
    He's got it backwards. Crime is lower because of increased emphasis on gun rights. Exercising gun rights is the horse. Lowered crime is the cart. Interestingly enough, America's growing realization of this fact, in large part the result of Internet-based grass roots efforts, results in further expansions in the area of gun rights, along with even further reductions in crime.

    For most of the 1990s and the subsequent decade, a substantial majority of Americans believed it was more important to control gun ownership than to protect gun owners’ rights. But in December 2014, the balance of opinion flipped: For the first time, more Americans say that protecting gun rights is more important than controlling gun ownership, 52% to 46%.

    http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank...hts-increases/
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/pe...rticle/2563304
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    Last edited by since9; 04-24-2015 at 09:05 AM.
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    The poll makes sense. I strongly suspect that those results are not evenly distributed geographically either and are greatly skewed by high gun control support rates in the DC/NYC corridor, urban northern Midwest and west coast urban centers. But then again, despite record gun sales, increasing shooter demographics especially among women, the media still reports 300 million guns in circulation with 1/3 of homes having firearms, figures that remain nearly unchanged after 20 years. The MSM bias against and ignorance about firearms is not even thinly veiled anymore so that this poll is reported at all, even half-assedly with erroneous assumptions starting in the headline, is progress.
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