Democrat front runner Hillary Rodham Clinton told an Iowa audience yesterday that she will make gun control a campaign issue, the Seattle Times reports, but that might not square with a new Rasmussen poll that shows increasing support for gun rights.
Rasmussen reported yesterday that 75 percent of likely U.S. voters “consider the right to bear arms important, with 54 percent who feel that right is very important.” That is up from three years ago, when 68 percent who said the right protected by the Second Amendment is important, and 49 percent said it was “very important,” Rasmussen noted.
According to the Seattle Times story, “The issue remains popular among Democrats, who unsuccessfully pushed for gun legislation in Congress following the Newtown shootings.” Rasmussen noted in its press release that, “there’s a sharp political divide when it comes to the right to bear arms.”
“Seventy-six percent of Republicans and 63% of voters not affiliated with either major political party now rate the right to bear arms as Very Important,” Rasmussen revealed, “but just 26% of Democrats agree.” What this suggests is that too many Democrats have drifted far to the left, where the Constitution may be considered something of a buffet from which they can pick and choose the rights they want to embrace.
Rasmussen further noted, “Seventy-six percent of conservative voters and 51% of moderates consider the right to bear arms Very Important, a view shared by just 24% of liberals.” To be a liberal, perhaps, means that one is essentially anti-rights, one might presume.
This ties closely with the 21 percent of all voters who, according to Rasmussen, “think it would be good for America if only government officials such as the police and military personnel were allowed to have guns.” That’s the definition of police state, and if one compares the numbers, it could appear that Democrats and liberals lean in that direction.
When gun owners vote, they can be a formidable force. In Virginia yesterday, gun owners turned out to keep their state Senate in the hands of Republicans. According to the Washington Post, this dashed the hopes of anti-gun Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe to gain control of the Senate, and thus push his gun control agenda.
The story noted that more than $2.3 million was “pumped” into two “hotly contested Senate races” by “a gun control group backed by former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. The election result was a slap in the face to Bloomberg, and a defeat for McAuliffe.
All of this underscores the urgency for gun owners to become fully engaged in the political process. There is no excuse for not voting, and not understanding the issues. Those who stubbornly insist that they don’t vote because their vote doesn’t count are living a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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