Here’s some bad news for Obama
by Sam Rolley
As President Obama gets ready to release a bevy of executive orders curtailing Americans’ gun rights, more citizens than ever before disagree with his attitudes toward the 2nd Amendment.
That’s according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll which shows that the president’s efforts to drum up fear about “assault weapons” have been a total failure.
Fifty-three percent of respondents told pollsters that they oppose a government ban on “assault weapons.” That’s up 13 percent from 1994 when the Clinton administration was able to put such a ban in place.
Forty-five percent of respondents said they would support a new “assault weapons” ban. In 1994, polls registered about 80 percent support for such a ban.
Recent polling from Rasmussen tells a similar story, as that polling agency notes:
Americans are more supportive than they have been in the past of their constitutional right to bear arms. They remain closely divided over the need for more gun control but still tend to oppose it. Perhaps that’s because just 38% think more gun control will keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. Fifty-one percent (51%) think it will just make it harder for law-abiding citizens to buy a gun. Sizable majorities have said for years that the government needs to enforce the gun laws already on the books instead.
A big problem for supporters of more gun control is that only 26% of Americans trust the government to fairly enforce gun control laws.
The polling suggests that a growing number of Americans are losing confidence in the government’s ability to keep citizens safe from terrorists and mass shooters. In response, more Americans are opting to take matters of personal safety into their own hands via gun ownership.
Rasmussen also points out that a solid majority (65 percent) of Americans view the 2nd Amendment’s primary function as protecting citizens from government tyranny. That means President Obama could be playing with fire in planning to strip gun rights through executive fiat.