By: José Niño
Recent mass shootings in the U.S. have brought gun control to the forefront of political debate.
Exploiting the resultant hysteria from the mass shootings, Democrat President Joe Biden called for civilian disarmament schemes such as so-called “assault weapons” bans, universal background checks, and red flag gun confiscation orders. Biden, however, will likely encounter stiff resistance from voters across the partisan spectrum.
According to Rasmussen Reports’ national telephone and online survey, 76 percent of likely voters in the U.S. believe that the Constitution safeguards the right of Americans to own firearms. Only 16 percent believe there is no such right, and 8 percent say they’re not sure.
As for repealing the Second Amendment, 27 percent are in favor, while a strong majority of 62 percent oppose such a heavy-handed measure. The partisan breakdown of where voters stand on the Second Amendment was rather revelatory. Among Democrats, it’s roughly split on the matter of abolishing the Second Amendment, with 40 percent of Democrat voters in favor of it, while 46 percentof Democrats oppose getting rid of the Second Amendment.
Republicans, on the other hand, are the polar opposite. 72 percent are in opposition to repealing the Second Amendment, while 89 percent of Republican voters believe the Constitution explicitly guarantees the right to bear arms. Similarly, unaffiliated voters have strong opinions against a repeal of the Second Amendment, with 79 percent manifesting their opposition.
Gun control Inc. will have their work cut out for them and then some. Americans by and large still support the Second Amendment. Even in states that recently went blue like Georgia and Arizona, there are still significant numbers of gun owners that cut across party lines, who will likely take exception to any draconian civilian disarmament plans coming from D.C.
With these facts to ponder, Second Amendment groups should recognize that gun rights remain a popular issue that can be leveraged during election season. All it takes is a coherent political message directed at gun owners to build a trans-partisan coalition of angry voters to take down politicians who overplay their hand with regard to gun control.
José Niño is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. Sign up for his mailing list here. Contact him via Facebook, Twitter, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get his e-book, The 10 Myths of Gun Control, here.