USA Today has an interesting poll up. It asks "Does the Second Amendment give individuals the right to bear arms?"
Since this is an Internet Poll of readers on their website it is of course not an accurate polling but I find it interesting anyway because of how
lopsided it is.
Link To The Poll
The numbers when I participated -
As you can see, the numbers are overwhelmingly yes to the question posed. That got me curious about other more accurate polls.
The next poll I found adds into the question the answer that it only applies to State Militia members.
Link to Poll at Gallup on the same issue.
Taken March of
A solid majority of the U.S. public, 73%, believes the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the rights of Americans to own guns.
Twenty percent believe the amendment only guarantees the rights of state militia members to own guns.
Still we end up with 73%, a huge majority of Americans, believing it does guarantee our right as citizens to possess guns for protection.
Next I find a Harris Poll that tells us again that Americans agree with the US Supreme Court on this issue.
Link to 2008 Harris Poll.
By 41 percent to 17 percent, a two to one plurality believes that the Second Amendment supports an individual’s right to bear arms agreeing
with the Supreme Court. Interestingly, almost three in ten (29%) feel the Amendment supports both and 5 percent say neither;
Harris also delves into who favors stricter gun control and then separates it by Party.
As you can see the trend is toward a larger and larger number of people believing not only do we have the right but also that fewer and fewer believe
there should be stricter control.
To further understand what these numbers mean to our politician friends, we need to look at just what percentage of voters are Republican, Democrat or
Source at Pew Research.
This tells us that approximately 37% normally vote Democrat, 36% Identify as Independent and Republican voters have dropped to 27% making the
Independent vote the deciding factor in elections. The Independents lean 15% to the Democrats and only 10% to the Republicans.
Those who want stricter gun laws have shrunken to below 50% overall and to Even lower for Republicans by far. The Independents also are lower than the
What I get from all of this is that this is not truly a party line issue. It also tells me those who are most against gun ownership reside in the
Democratic Party but in no way represent the majority view even in their party of choice. It also tells me the trend is towards a stronger belief in
gun rights today than a decade ago which means the younger voters are trending that way.
This also tells me that gun control advocates really don't have a leg to stand on in regards to their influence on politicians if they want to be
reelected. It would be political suicide for even a Democrat to come out strongly against the Second Amendment. That boat just won't float.
Now that we have the recent Supreme Court Decision on the DC handgun laws coming out in favor of the traditional interpretation of the Second
Amendment, our rights remain even more secure than before.
I think this also explains the confusion in Obama's stance on this. Democratic candidates and office holders are forced to not go to the extreme view
of a small part of their party who seem to be the vast majority of those opposed to gun ownership. They also know if they go that way they stand to
loose many Independents who now control the Political scene as nobody can win an office without most of their vote.
Obama is clearly playing both sides in this issue.
Source of above.
The Obama administration is raising the stakes in a fight over states' rights and firearm ownership by arguing that new pro-gun laws in
Montana and Tennessee are invalid.
Source of above.
Barack Obama said Friday that the country must do "whatever it takes" to eradicate gun violence following a campus shooting in his home
state, but he believes in an individual's right to bear arms.
From the above we see he is somewhat wishy washy in his view. Notice in the second quote he clearly stand on both sides
Source of above.
In March 2004, the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 2165, a law introduced in response to DeMar's case, with provisions designed to assert a
right of citizens to protect themselves against home invasions, such that self-defense requirements would be viewed to take precedence over local
ordinances against handgun possession. The measure passed the Illinois Senate by a vote of 38-20. Barack Obama was one of the 20 state senators voting
against the measure.
Governor Rod Blagojevich vetoed the bill. On Nov. 9, 2004
Here we see him voting against the right for a person to use a gun to protect themselves against home invasion and of course the now Impeached
Blagojevich ignores majority opinion along with Obama showing he does not truly care what the people want. He cares only when confronted. In other
words he is a typical politician.
All of this gets me to wondering why a small minority of us are so scared of guns that they do not want anyone to own them? What feeds that paranoia?
Why are they scared of an inanimate object? Why are they scared of law abiding citizens like themselves possessing a gun?
Some I think can be explained as parroting the views of their Parents. Often young people think and vote in their youth based on what they saw their
Parents do and that is understandable.
Some though are truly scared of these inanimate objects. Their paranoia even reaches the level they can not see the incredible intellectual dishonesty
of thinking it is smart to deny guns to good people while guaranteeing that only criminals will posses them.
I see a gun as an inanimate object, a tool that can cause no harm unless misused. A gun is only dangerous when in the hands of a criminal or in case
of an accident.
In the hands of a law abiding citizen it is three things in my mind:
1- A form of protection against criminals and home invasion.
2- A popular form of recreation in target shooting or trap shooting.
3- A means of obtaining food through hunting.
None of those things should threaten anyone who is thinking clearly. None of them pose a risk to anyone.
At his point people will generally bring up accidents which is terribly disingenuous. A car is far more dangerous in that regard and I don't hear
people saying they want cars outlawed.
The saying that guns don't kill only criminals do is an intellectual fact and yet those who are opposed purposefully ignore that. Why is that?
I've come to think the the true roots of the anti-gun crowd is pure fear and paranoia based on faulty logic. I think that is why support of gun
ownership is the majority view no matter what political party. If you look at the facts honestly you could say those who are scared of guns have a
Phobia of sorts.
I started this thread to get peoples opinion on just why this very vocal minority are so paranoid of guns in the hands of decent people? What causes
it and how can these irrational fears be overcome?
I'm also interested in peoples opinions as to why politicians who claim to represent constituents tend to side with tiny minorities even in their own
party risking their own careers?