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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
What America Thinks: Is the Government After Your Guns?
Despite the pressure for more gun control from President Obama and others, gun sales set a single-day record on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It seems Americans are more interested in exercising their gun rights than giving them up. But what does America really think about guns?
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.
originally posted by: infolurker
To me, this is great news. America is waking up.
Only 1 in 5 Americans think that Military and Police only should have firearms. That is still way too many but at least they are in the minority. Disturbing that almost half (well 44%) think that there will be a drive for confiscation.
After all, 65% of Americans think the purpose of the Second Amendment is to make sure that people are able to protect themselves from tyranny.
originally posted by: mazzroth
If it looks like going down, invest in some 4 foot lengths of 4 inch poly pipe for drainage guttering and 2 end caps because it will become invaluable in storing your long arms underground. How do I know this ? back in 96 ( Australian Gun Buy Back year ) in Queensland you couldn't buy the stuff it was in such demand and stores run out quickly.
originally posted by: Subaeruginosa
a reply to: Azureblue
Yeah probably, and I'm not supporting cops shooting citizens in anyway shape or form... But wouldn't Americans be like "29 times more likely" to be carrying a gun in the first place?
So just goes to commonsense that there more likely to be shot by an on edge paranoid police officer... just saying.
Its that whole, more guns... less safe, reality.
originally posted by: Vector99
a reply to: Azureblue
Put yourself in the hostage situation. Do you want the police to talk him down or take him out?