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Record-Low Support Banning Handguns in U.S.
National Shooting Sports Foundation ^ | Larry Keane

Posted on 11/07/2011 3:40:58 PM PST by epow

According to Gallup’s annual Crime Poll, conducted earlier this month, a record-low 26 percent of Americans favor a ban on the possession of handguns in the United States. When Gallup first asked Americans this question some 50 years ago, 60 percent favored banning handguns; however, since 1975, the majority of Americans have opposed such a measure, with opposition as high as 70 percent in recent years.

This data follows the release last month of FBI statistics that show for the fourth straight year sales of firearms have increased while crime has continued to decrease.

The Gallup poll also found that for the first time opposition is greater than support for a ban on semi-automatic firearms (including modern sporting rifles) with 53 percent opposed and only 43 percent supporting a ban. In the initial asking of this question in 1996, the numbers were nearly reversed, with 57 percent supporting and 42 percent against.

Perhaps Americans are realizing that the possession of firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens does not cause crime and, if anything, it helps to reduce it.

Gun control is a failed social experiment. It is time to move on.

(Excerpt) Read more at nssfblog.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2011polls; banglist; donttreadonme; freedom; handguns; liberty; possession; public; shallnotbeinfringed; support; youwillnotdisarmus
Obama's plan to resume his long standing pre-2009 anti-2nd Amendment agenda after winning a 2nd term next year and thereby becoming safe from the anger of gun-owning voters doesn't look very promising in light of this Gallup survey. Even if (God forbid) he wins a 2nd term, I doubt that there are very many CongressCritters who will want to PO 3/4 of the American people who say that they support handgun possession by law abiding Americans. The anti-gun government thugs who run Chicago and the D.C. may be getting away with defying and ignoring the USSC's recent decisions that the 2nd Amendment guarantees the right of individuals, not just state militias, to keep and bear arms. However, I don't think Obama and the anti-gun Dems in Congress will get away with the same outrageous behavior.
1 posted on 11/07/2011 3:41:05 PM PST by epow
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To: epow

Americans are coming to realize that gun control is kind of like trying to solve drunk driving by making it harder for sober people to own cars.


2 posted on 11/07/2011 3:46:38 PM PST by umgud
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To: epow

The quoted section of the Gallup survey is just a brief portion of the full article. Click the link on the article’s heading for a very encouraging look at the entire Gallup survey.


3 posted on 11/07/2011 3:59:48 PM PST by epow ( "It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains." Patrick Henry)
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To: epow

Now with hundreds of new sales associates!


4 posted on 11/07/2011 4:01:34 PM PST by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: epow
Let's take a poll here on FR of how many of us would like to ban this 26% of gun grabbing communists from American citizenship.

I vote ban the gun grabbers!

LLS

5 posted on 11/07/2011 4:04:20 PM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: epow

“When Gallup first asked Americans this question some 50 years ago, 60 percent favored banning handguns...”

This number would include the so-called Greatest Generation, and their parents who voted overwhelmingly for the fascist FDR.

We have made progress and will make more.


6 posted on 11/07/2011 4:05:26 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: epow
"Democrats, Eastern residents, members of gun non-owning households, and women were among the few subgroups to favor a ban on handguns in 1991, but now no key subgroup has a majority in favor. Those with guns in their household are least likely to favor a handgun ban.

Percentage Favoring a Ban on Handguns, by Subgroup, 1991 and 2011 Gallup Polls

Implications

Americans have shifted to a more pro-gun view on gun laws, particularly in recent years, with record-low support for a ban on handguns, an assault rifle ban, and stricter gun laws in general. This is the case even as high-profile incidents of gun violence continue in the United States, such as the January shootings at a meeting for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona.

The reasons for the shift do not appear related to reactions to the crime situation, as Gallup's Crime poll shows no major shifts in the trends in Americans' perceptions of crime, fear of crime, or reports of being victimized by crime in recent years. Nor does it appear to be tied to an increase in gun ownership, which has been around 40% since 2000, though it is a slightly higher 45% in this year's update. The 2011 updates on these trends will appear on Gallup.com in the coming days.

Perhaps the trends are a reflection of the American public's acceptance of guns. In 2008, Gallup found widespread agreement with the idea that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of Americans to own guns. Americans may also be moving toward more libertarian views in some areas, one example of which is greater support for legalizing marijuana use. Diminished support for gun-control laws may also be tied to the lack of major gun-control legislation efforts in Congress in recent years."

Lookin good for public approval of 2nd A rights, not so good for Obama & his buds in the Chicago and D.C governments.

7 posted on 11/07/2011 4:09:55 PM PST by epow ( "It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains." Patrick Henry)
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To: epow

***The Gallup poll also found that for the first time opposition is greater than support for a ban on semi-automatic firearms****

Gun control began it’s roll in 1962 when Thomas J Dodd and Emauell Cellar proposed the first federal handgun registration. Gained momentum and picked up sporting rifles in 1963 with the Kennedy assasination.

Went into steam roller mode with the Robert Kennedy and M L King assasinations in 1968.

It kept rolling by the 1980s with calls not for registration but gun bans. It then picked up semi rifles to be banned.

It steamrolled through the 1990s and picked up the 50 cal rifles.

So goes California, so goes the US! But then, 19 moslems flew planes into the WTC and Pentegon, and one crashed in Pennsylvania.

Suddenly people who supported gun control had a wake up call and realized they just might need the weapons they were trying to ban if the mohammedans attack.

Only the die hards kept trying to ban such guns.


8 posted on 11/07/2011 4:24:04 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: epow
The OWS zombies have inspired me to double up on my shotgun ammo. Lots more 00 and these guys:

One shot per customer.

9 posted on 11/07/2011 4:24:29 PM PST by Noumenon (The only 'NO' a liberal understands is the one that arrives at muzzle velocity.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Yeah - I’m one of the “record low” that is translating my former air gun experience into handgun experience. I see Obama’s brownshirts setting up camps and know how this story is supposed to end from their perspective. Isn’t the logical response to be heavily armed when the SHTF? Rational people see how this is unfolding.


10 posted on 11/07/2011 4:27:43 PM PST by rockvillem
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To: sergeantdave
We have made progress and will make more.

I hope and pray that you're right. The main thing that dampens my otherwise hopeful outlook on the issue is that the corrupt government thugs who run both Chicago and the D.C. are flipping a bird to the Supremes by simply writing new and equally restrictive gun laws that for all practical purposes simply re-install the old gun laws that the Court declared unconstitutional.

I recently watched a TV report by a female reporter who has been trying for almost a year to legally acquire a handgun in the D.C. under the "new and improved" gun laws of that city. She still doesn't have a gun, and it appears likely that she never will unless the Court cracks down on the government thugs who are determined to keep handgun possession illegal in that city.

11 posted on 11/07/2011 4:31:04 PM PST by epow ( "It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains." Patrick Henry)
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To: LibLieSlayer

“I vote ban the gun grabbers!”

Me too!


12 posted on 11/07/2011 4:36:54 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: epow

To paraphrase Chuck, they’ll have pry the gun from my cold deads hands!

I have a 9 mill, a shot gun and a long rifle — come get ‘em! Come get me! I’m mature and unafraid! I’ve learned that I’m really hard to kill and I don’t know how to quit!

OH, I have a concealed carry permit! Turns out I’m a fair shot. As are my Army sons!


13 posted on 11/07/2011 4:45:06 PM PST by cpa4you (CPA4YOU)
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To: Noumenon

Never heard of that ammo brand before. Thanks for the pic(tip).


14 posted on 11/07/2011 5:00:23 PM PST by MachIV
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To: epow
This data follows the release last month of FBI statistics that show for the fourth straight year sales of firearms have increased while crime has continued to decrease.

Funny. I thought gun sales went up because of the election of the current denizen of the WH.

I know that I bought mine in case of another Katrina level event.

15 posted on 11/07/2011 5:04:09 PM PST by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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To: epow
This data follows the release last month of FBI statistics that show for the fourth straight year sales of firearms have increased while crime has continued to decrease.

Funny. I thought gun sales went up because of the election of the current denizen of the WH.

I know that I bought mine in case of another Katrina level event.

16 posted on 11/07/2011 5:04:19 PM PST by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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To: Noumenon
did you say... Zombies???

17 posted on 11/07/2011 5:35:26 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: epow

I’m sure that this poll did not include California. Never have I seen such anti-gun nuts as the nuts in CA! Just recently they voted overwhelmingly in San Fran (I think it was 80% in favor) of an outright ban on hand guns within the city. Unfortunately for them the CA courts over-turned it as a State pre-emption law did not allow cities to enact gun bans. I’m sure our wonderful State legislature is working on reversing that decision.


18 posted on 11/07/2011 5:36:10 PM PST by trapped_in_LA
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To: MachIV

Get ‘em at Cheaper Than Dirt.


19 posted on 11/07/2011 5:42:24 PM PST by Noumenon (The only 'NO' a liberal understands is the one that arrives at muzzle velocity.)
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To: Chode

That’s what I’m talking about....


20 posted on 11/07/2011 5:43:12 PM PST by Noumenon (The only 'NO' a liberal understands is the one that arrives at muzzle velocity.)
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To: sergeantdave

Confine them to their State and ban them from living and voting among freemen.

In an ideal world this would be done simply by means of State constitutional amendment strictly limiting the States power. But such a world can only exist if the Federal Goverment is domestically all but powerless as it was founded to be.

The Sad truth is it may be that the only way to secure to ourselfs and our posterity the blessings of freedom is to separate from theses people completely so that there be no common lawless goverment over which their vote might weld power to oppress us.


21 posted on 11/07/2011 6:34:51 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: Noumenon

The shotgun slugs are pretty damn nice; it’s what I’d want in my gun if some “SWAT” team broke in my apartment.


22 posted on 11/07/2011 7:37:13 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: epow

Too bad she didn’t get names and dates... and then file for civil damages plus the criminal charge (federal felony) of “conspiracy against rights” (US CODE TITLE 18, SEC 241)


23 posted on 11/07/2011 7:39:42 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

Yep - they still deliver over 1000 foot-pounds at 50 yards. That’s a lot of punch.


24 posted on 11/07/2011 8:03:10 PM PST by Noumenon (The only 'NO' a liberal understands is the one that arrives at muzzle velocity.)
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To: trapped_in_LA
As you said, CA is fast becoming the mother lode of unconstitutional gun laws. However, it still has a way to go to pass up NJ in that regard.

If you want to see how tragically misguided and unconstitutional that extremely liberal anti-gun state's LEOs and judicial authorities have become, click HERE.

If someone admires Nazism and the German Gestapo they should move to NJ where Nazi LEOs, a despotic judiciary, and unconstitutional anti-2nd Amendment laws thrive almost 7 decades after Hitler blew out his filthy brains.

BTW, the NJ governor who so many conservative Repubs wanted to nominate for president has repeatedly refused to even consider a pardon for Mr. Aiken in order to help rectify to some degree the terrible miscarriage of justice that the Nazi-esque NJ judicial and LE systems inflicted on an innocent young man who was simply caught up in NJ's web of unconstitutional, oppressive, and un-American anti-gun laws. Instead, if I understand the situation correctly, the governor has recently expressed his full support for the officials and LEOs who arrested, tried, and convicted Mr.Aiken, and has publicly praised the unconstitutional gun laws of his state.

If I were the all-powerful absolute ruler of the universe, I would have NJ sawed off the continental US and then towed out to sea and sunk.

25 posted on 11/07/2011 8:21:40 PM PST by epow ( "It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains." Patrick Henry)
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To: MachIV
In the world of shotgun slugs, there are slugs designed for unrifled bores and those for rifled bores. Sabot slugs contain a subcaliber projectile surrounded by a plastic strippable carrier that engages the rifling to impart spin to the projectile. Sabots must never be used in shotgun barrels with chokes or choke tubes because they blowup barrels and can damage both the gun and shooter.

Foster (a cup-shaped, hollow, 1 oz. lead slug) is designed for cylinder bore barrels (that is, the same diameter from breech to muzzle — 0.729-inch for a 12 ga.). The same is true for the Brenneke slug. The Brenneke originated in Europe and is a solid lead slug with the wad screwed to the base. The lead of these slugs can be compressed by a choked barrel, but the projectile will have no accuracy. They will usually not cause a problem for the gun or shooter, other than excessive recoil.

Therefore, Fosters and Brennekes for open choke or cylinder bore shotgun barrels. Sabot slugs for rifled shotgun barrels.

26 posted on 11/07/2011 11:49:12 PM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: epow

“If you want to see how tragically misguided and unconstitutional that extremely liberal anti-gun state’s LEOs and judicial authorities have become, click HERE.”

Ultimately it all boils down to the juries, if these idiots on these juries would just say NO and not convict in cases like this the problem would quickly be solved. Unfortunately we get the government that we deserve (as a general population, not individually) so I don’t expect things to change unless and until the general population changes. It is interesting that in the black community there are more and more that are refusing to convict fellow blacks for any crime. Blacks have seen the injustices of the legal system for years now and are starting to revolt, how long before whites/Asians/Latinos follow suit?


27 posted on 11/08/2011 10:11:41 AM PST by trapped_in_LA
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To: trapped_in_LA
It is interesting that in the black community there are more and more that are refusing to convict fellow blacks for any crime. Blacks have seen the injustices of the legal system for years now and are starting to revolt, how long before whites/Asians/Latinos follow suit?

Unfortunately this sort of thinking might be 'countered' by the government by selecting people not of that "race" for people they [really] wish to convict; I believe that jury-selection has been corrupted for some time, and such manipulations seem to be the next logical step.

Ultimately it all boils down to the juries, if these idiots on these juries would just say NO and not convict in cases like this the problem would quickly be solved.

The Aitken case is not unique in that the jury should have refused to convict; but there is something else they could have done -- when the judge refused to allow them access to the [full] law that he was accused of breaking they had more than enough to, individually & as a group, charge the judge with Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law. (14th Amendment guarantees due process; as does the 5th.)

Furthermore, it can be argued that the LEOs, prosecution and judge all are guilty of Conspiracy Against Rights regarding the 2nd Amendment.

28 posted on 11/08/2011 4:09:36 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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