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March 8, 2009

Rasmussen: 75% of Americans Believe Second Amendment Guarantees Individual Right to Firearms

by Stephen Gordon

564px-bill_of_rights_pg1of1_acAccording to Rasmussen Reports, “seventy-five percent (75%) of Americans believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of an average citizen to own a gun, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 14% say gun ownership is not a constitutional right. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.”

Of interest are these findings:

Although the plurality of Americans (47%) do not see a need for stricter gun control laws in this country, 43% believe the Obama Administration will try to implement such laws.

Seventy-nine percent (79%) of married American support the right to gun ownership, as do 68% of non-marrieds. Despite the oft-cited concern about the danger of loaded weapons to children in the home, those with children in the house are a bit more likely to acknowledge gun ownership rights than those without children living with them.

Of concern is this:

Gun sales have reportedly risen in recent months because of concerns about the worsening economy and fears that President Obama will push for limits on gun ownership. Attorney General Eric Holder already has said the administration wants to restore the ban on so-called assault weapons that lapsed in 2004.

Perhaps we can  “hope” that Obama and the Congress won’t try to “change” hundreds and hundreds of years of American tradition, as well as one of the most basic of natural rights.

While we’re on the general topic of the Constitution, Doug Mataconis provides a possible constitutional solution for D.C. residents to have both their representation and their taxation, too.

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4 Comments

  1. Steve,

    Good news I guess, although I generally don’t like it when I see questions of fundamental Constitutional rights being polled like this. Individual rights shouldn’t be subject to a popularity contest I’m sure you’ll agree.

    Incidentally, I can attest to the news of the rise in gun sales based solely on a conversation I had last night with a friend who does not trust Obama, Reid, and Pelosi when it comes to the Second Amendment.

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — March 8, 2009 @ 9:57 am
  2. Doug,

    They seem to running dry on ammo in these parts.

    Comment by Stephen Gordon — March 8, 2009 @ 7:04 pm
  3. Portions of the American public believe all sorts of silly stuff. The fact is it’s a non issue. The Supreme Court of the United States, while overturning the District of Columbia gun ban in a f to 4 vote also found unanimously that the Second Amendment is an individual right.
    So that poor 25% of the public is either simply ignorant of the truth or gun hating liberals engaged in wishful thinking.

    Comment by Uncle Lar — March 9, 2009 @ 5:53 am
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