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New Opinion Poll Shows Majority of Americans Favor Denying Others Right to Self Defense
2nd Amendment, Gun Rights, Gun Poll, Opinion Poll
A new opinion poll released by Politico indicates that the majority of Americans seem more than ready to support further limiting the basic human rights of others to be able to provide for self-defense against ALL enemies, foreign AND domestic.
Never mind that the poll was released by Politico, which is another agit prop media organization that does the bidding of the progressive-deep-state confederation of shared interests. The poll could actually be skewed, which would not surprise me. But the very nature of the poll, and how so many interested parties are treating the poll, be they pro or anti gun, shows how conditioned the overwhelming majority of Americans are to believe that polls have the weight, or maybe should have the weight, or maybe we should fear they will have the weight, of policy.
That policy ‘question’ is over the degree to which one human being should be able to equip themselves with defensive tools in light of the fear that other human beings that this human being might use them to do something like a sick man did in Las Vegas.
Here is how Bearing Arms reported the politico poll:
Politico released the details on a new poll regarding the public’s feelings on gun control. For many gun rights activists, it’s not welcome news either. After all, it shows massive support for a number gun control measures that pro-Second Amendment group have been fighting for years including universal background checks, waiting periods, and a national gun sale registry.
Yes, it looks bleak.
Sixty-four percent of voters support stricter gun laws, the poll shows, including 41 percent who strongly support them. Less than 3-in-10 voters, 29 percent, oppose stricter gun laws, including 16 percent in strong opposition.
That’s a slight increase in support from June of this year, when 61 percent of voters backed stricter gun laws and 33 percent opposed them.
Democratic voters are overwhelmingly supportive of new gun laws: Eighty-three percent back stricter laws, compared with only 12 percent who oppose them. Among independents, 58 percent support stricter gun control, and a third oppose them.
But the poll also finds some less-likely groups are closely split. Forty-nine percent of Republican voters support stricter gun control laws, and 45 percent oppose them. Among voters who said they supported Donald Trump in last year’s election, 46 percent are in favor of stricter gun laws and 48 percent are opposed.
A 55 percent majority of gun owners back new restrictions, while 41 percent oppose them.
Seventy-nine percent of voters support banning the use of bump fire stocks — the device the Las Vegas shooter used to modify a dozen of his semi-automatic weapons to fire hundreds of rounds per minute. Only 13 percent of voters oppose banning bump fire stocks.
I’m sure thanks to this poll and the capitulating surrender-monkey response of the NRA, a bipartisan bill has been proposed that would ban any device that speeds up the rate of fire for semi auto weapons. The bill, HR 3999, has no summary written yet, but so far, this is all that’s written about it:
“H.R.3999 – To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun, and for other purposes.”
Here you have an ostensible republic gauging “public opinion” to determine “policies” that will profoundly affect your right to acquire effective tools of self defense. Mind you, take in the nature of that public, a public that, I should point out, has been subject to generations of conditioning by the state and its operatives (the ones in the media, the ones in Hollywood, etc) to fear guns, to trust that the state will protect them and will do so with supreme benevolence.
That bill, HR 3999, as it is written today, appears to go far beyond Bump Stocks and Slide Fires. This is the nature of the state. Identify and/or create a crisis that produces a pitched level of fear. Produce legislation that is ostensibly designed to stop a particular thing from happening again (in this case, that someone could use a Bump Fire stock to mow down tens of people), and write the legislation in as vague a way as possible to let regulators expand the original (ostensibly original) intent of the legislation.
This is a giant front door that they mean to swing wide open, and the NRA helped give them cover to do it, and now this poll, along with more I am sure will follow, most all of which will be run by biased agencies doing the bidding of the progressive deep state confederation of shared interests, will be used to offer politicians the reassurance they need that they can vote for legislation that violates the basic human right to self-defense without losing their source for power and revenue, a political seat in the legislature, as a result of that fundamental betrayal of liberty.
One side benefit to the Presidency of Donald Trump is that the type of people who are pro-gun are not just conservatives and libertarians, or blue dog democrat. No, there is a growing number of people on the left that are now coming to appreciate why it is that people need guns, to protect them from tyrannical governments.
Let me close with an excerpt from an article in Vice, no bastion of conservative or gun values. The article is about the growing appreciation for gun rights coming from the left:
Less attention is paid to the leftists who oppose gun control. But they’re out there. The Black Panthers famously advocated using guns for self-defense, and white fears about black people with guns helped inspire gun control. Today, Dallas’s Huey P. Newton Gun Club continues that legacy.
The idea of guns granting power to the oppressed isn’t unique to black power groups. “Gun control means disarming the revolutionary masses and oppressed classes,” a leftist named William Gillis told me in an email. Gillis, one of the 15 anti–gun control leftists I talked to by phone and email for this story, called gun control “the worst possible idea in history.” He also sent me this meme:
Not all anti-gun control arguments are this fanatical, but many stem from a fundamental mistrust of the US government. Alex Turner, a 24-year-old retail manager from Kentucky, believes that we can’t trust Trump to not tweet out a declaration of war or the Democratic Party to hold a fair primary, so why should we trust the government to regulate firearms? (Of the anti-gun control leftists I corresponded with, most of them were men who voted for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary and either sat out the general election or begrudgingly voted for Hillary Clinton.)
The people I spoke to don’t necessarily think people like Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock should be able to obtain weapons that can cause mass casualties but are leery of the government expanding its power. Michaelantonio Jones, a 27-year-old healthcare worker from Memphis, told me he doesn’t believe that “banning all guns or tinkering around the edges” is the way to remedy our nation’s gun problem.
“As a black leftist male from and in the south who’s a gun owner, I find the conversations on gun control in liberal and left circles oftentimes deeply ill-informed,” Jones explained. “I’ll be frank, I’m not comfortable with giving the state (the US proper)—which was founded on, by, and sustained through genocide, slavery, and theft—a total monopoly on violence. I believe that for folks that look like me, surrendering effective means of self defense and trusting that system is suicide. Also, let’s not forget that gun control in the late twentieth century in the States has basically been an effort to disarm people of color.”
…..Others rejected the idea that successful gun-control legislation can be enacted in the United States like it has been in Australia or Canada. Ben, a 33-year-old writer from Brooklyn who asked not be identified by his last name because he’s “still in the closet” about his pro-gun beliefs, told me he didn’t think there was “utility” in passing stricter gun control laws.
“I don’t think an Australian model would work here. Too many variables,” he explained. “I’m wary of playing games with the bill of rights. Our liberties have never been in such peril. The Second Amendment is the only amendment that has a multibillion-dollar industry behind it. It is the most safe.”
I will have more to say soon about the growing tide against guns in America in future iTalks I have in mind. For now, keep watching that HR 3999 very carefully.