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Americans Endorse Right to Bear Arms, But Half Call for Stricter Gun Laws
Angus-Reid.com ^

Posted on 08/08/2012 6:48:01 AM PDT by marktwain

More than seven-in-ten respondents believe the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle should only be used by the police and other authorized persons.

Nine-in-ten Americans maintain their views on the Second Amendment, but a majority of gun owners and non-gun owners alike believe that the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle should only be used by the police and other authorized persons, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

The online survey of a representative national sample of 1,010 American adults also found that support for the “shall-issue” prerogative to carry concealed weapons in public has increased over the past six months.

Second Amendment and Federal Guidelines

Across the United States, 90 per cent of respondents think that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution means that individuals have the right to keep and bear arms, while only five per cent disagree with this view.

There is an evident split when Americans are asked their opinion of current federal regulations related to firearm ownership, with 46 per cent of respondents claiming to be satisfied with these guidelines, and 43 per cent expressing dissatisfaction.

Gun owners (61%), Republicans (54%) and Independents (48%) are more likely be satisfied with the status quo on firearms regulations, while half of Democrats (50%) and Americans who do not own a gun (49%) are dissatisfied.

Half of Americans (49%) believe firearms laws in the United States should be stricter, including 71 per cent of Democrats, 60 per cent of respondents who do not own a gun, and 46 per cent of Independents. Both gun owners and Republicans would rather keep existing regulations, or enact looser ones.

Types of Weapons and Concealed Carry

For this survey, respondents were shown three pictures of firearms and asked whether they should be available to every American who is eligible to own firearms, or only to the police and other authorized persons. These weapons were reportedly used in last month’s mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

A majority of respondents believe the .40-calibre Glock handgun (63%) and the Remington 870 shotgun (58%) should remain accessible to every American who is eligible to own firearms. However, 73 per cent of Americans—including sizeable majorities of Republicans (66%) and gun owners (61%)—believe the AR-15 rifle should only be used by the police and other authorized persons.

On the question of concealed carry—where states have enacted different regulations—practically three-in-five respondents (58%, +7 since January) favor the “shall-issue” notion of allowing citizens to carry a concealed weapon if they meet specific criteria laid out in the law. Gun owners (66%) and people who do not own a gun (52%) agree on this issue.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ar15; banglist; bias; democrats; guncontrol; liberalbias; poll; semiautomaticrifle; vanity; youwillnotdisarmus
"For this survey, respondents were shown three pictures of firearms and asked whether they should be available to every American who is eligible to own firearms, or only to the police and other authorized persons. These weapons were reportedly used in last month’s mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado."

Note that the respondents were only shown a picture, and were not told if the rifle was a semi-automatic or a full auto version. This is the old Josh Sugarman VPC propaganda ploy.

I recall telling a veteran and gun owner, who opined that the public should not have "assault weapons" if he knew that the rifles they were talking about were the semi-automatic version. He was shocked to find that they were, and had been completely convinced that all the furor was about machine guns, fully automatic weapons.

1 posted on 08/08/2012 6:48:16 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain
but a majority of gun owners and non-gun owners alike believe that the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle should only be used by the police and other authorized persons,

I say BS!

2 posted on 08/08/2012 6:50:31 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: marktwain

You should provide a link, maybe get the admin to mod this post, because there is no way to refute what we cannot examine.


3 posted on 08/08/2012 6:52:25 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I love the Universe, and it loves me.)
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To: Puppage
used by the police and other authorized persons

I'm authorized by the 2nd Ammendment.

4 posted on 08/08/2012 6:53:09 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: marktwain
I guess I would be in the minuscule minority who think just the opposite. That AR-15 should be sold to the public but banned for law enforcement. In a lot of news reports I have seen, law enforcement has shown they aren't responsible enough to be given that type of weaponry....
5 posted on 08/08/2012 6:53:26 AM PDT by apillar
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To: tbpiper

I agree, also if they want them, come and get them. No problem but ammo goes first.


6 posted on 08/08/2012 6:54:32 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: marktwain

Fully or semi auto is irrelevant. All weapons available to the military should be legal for the populace to own.


7 posted on 08/08/2012 6:56:55 AM PDT by arderkrag (ABOs are Romneybot trolls. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
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To: Puppage
I say BS!

Agree - this was skewed to get the result that the anti-gunners wanted.

8 posted on 08/08/2012 6:57:17 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: marktwain

Another attempt to boil the frog. Next the AK, then the 50 Cal, SKS same caliber as the AK, I have a hi cap mag on mine. Along with all this will be a law that every owner and penitential owner will have to have a exam by a shrink.


9 posted on 08/08/2012 6:58:00 AM PDT by tiger-one
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To: from occupied ga

I have been a gun owner and CCW holder for many, many years and have NEVER been included in these “polls”


10 posted on 08/08/2012 6:59:22 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: marktwain

Here is a link: http://www.angus-reid.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012.08.07_Guns_USA.pdf

I find it very telling that the Dem/Rep/Ind split is not detailed.

I also find it EXTREMELY telling that all they do is show a picture and gauge from that. Pictures are meaningless when opposed to actual function.

I also find it TREBLY telling that Angus Reid Public Opinion was a Canadian company before it was bought by, and is now operated by, the French.

This is pure anti-gun agitprop. HOWEVER, I am delighted they are pushing a harsh gun control meme JUST before this 2012 election. 1994 isn’t all that long ago, and we remember how THAT turned out for them.


11 posted on 08/08/2012 7:00:41 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I love the Universe, and it loves me.)
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To: Lazamataz

Yup.

When a poll says “x percent of RESPONDANTS”, we need to know a few things: Where were the samples taken? What was the weighting (especially given the extreme democrat weighting in recent national polls)?

My opinion is that this “poll” is utter BS. If it were true, the Obamunists would be running on an AWB platform.


12 posted on 08/08/2012 7:01:42 AM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: marktwain

I’d be willing to compromise and carry an AR-10, rather than an AR-15? Just tryin’ to find a middle ground here, ya know?


13 posted on 08/08/2012 7:03:10 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: marktwain

A majority of respondents believe the .40-calibre Glock handgun (63%) and the Remington 870 shotgun (58%) should remain accessible to every American who is eligible to own firearms. However, 73 per cent of Americans—including sizeable majorities of Republicans (66%) and gun owners (61%)—believe the AR-15 rifle should only be used by the police and other authorized persons.

You know, the thing about a RIGHT is that it exists regardless of what somebody else, or even everybody else, thinks.

Besides, I think that there is simply no way that 61% of gun owners think that ARs should only be for the po-po is a steaming pile of BS. Polls and statistics are 2 of the most easily manipulated things on Earth - set the terms for the debate and you win, its that simple.

14 posted on 08/08/2012 7:03:51 AM PDT by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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To: marktwain
Correction to #14 below. Yes, I know, Preview is your friend.

Besides, I think that the conclusion that 61% of gun owners think that ARs should only be for the po-po is a steaming pile of BS. Polls and statistics are 2 of the most easily manipulated things on Earth - set the terms for the debate and you win, its that simple.

15 posted on 08/08/2012 7:06:28 AM PDT by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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To: marktwain

You have to understand that your dealing with an uneducated media and public who think all rifles are machine guns.

We have those same clowns in our government here in Connecticut.You can’t even own an AR-15 or anything that looks like it here.

Our government leaves us damn near defeneless ant that won’t be changing anytime soon since the liberal democrats run the show.


16 posted on 08/08/2012 7:06:51 AM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: marktwain

The importance of basing a nation on liberty: that the rights of informed affected individuals are not stifled by the whims of ignorant uninvolved masses.


17 posted on 08/08/2012 7:09:32 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: marktwain
the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle should only be used by the police and other authorized persons

The police are the last people I'd want wielding these kind of weapons. If police need them, they should be forced to call up a responsible gun owner to bring them to bear.
18 posted on 08/08/2012 7:09:49 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: marktwain

WHAT is the SOURCE for this information? The Nw York Times or CBS poll????????????


19 posted on 08/08/2012 7:23:12 AM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: Lazamataz

See:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angus_reid_public_opinion

Its just another biased poll conducted by leftists in Canada to influence American public opinion.

Its PAST time the NRA start using its BRAINS and conduct polls favorable to US.


20 posted on 08/08/2012 7:26:48 AM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: marktwain
In all fairness any survey regarding further government restrictions on citizen ownership of firearms, the question should include

considering the original intent of the Second Amendment thus guaranteeing the citizens the ability to combat a tyrannical government and to provide a means of protecting self, family and property, do you;

had the recent events involving firearms otherwise been associated with government killing its citizens like it did in Waco TX and Ruby Ridge ID, I believe any such survey would not provide the anti-gun answers the government is clearly seeking.

21 posted on 08/08/2012 7:31:18 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: marktwain

Where’s the link?


22 posted on 08/08/2012 7:40:18 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: marktwain

“The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.” — Josh Sugarmann


23 posted on 08/08/2012 7:40:55 AM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (Freedom of speech is delicious. It tastes like chicken.)
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To: marktwain

Hunting rifle

Fully automatic assault weapon

24 posted on 08/08/2012 7:46:10 AM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (Freedom of speech is delicious. It tastes like chicken.)
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To: marktwain
Half of all humans are of below average intelligence. This could account for their views on RKBA.

I own 4 AR pattern rifles. The newest addition is currently under construction.

If they ban them, then I become a felon. Plain and simple: I will not comply.

25 posted on 08/08/2012 7:56:09 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Puppage

Put any description on a gun that uses both numbers AND letters, and the great unwashed thinks you are talking about some 50 caliber full-auto weapon used by Sly Stallone in Predator.


26 posted on 08/08/2012 7:57:59 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Puppage
NEVER been included in these “polls”

Nor have I.

27 posted on 08/08/2012 8:05:55 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: marktwain

Show them a picture of a Ruger Mini-14. It’s a semi-auto magazine fed .223 rifle just like the AR-15. But it doesn’t look “scary” like an AR-15 apparently does to many people.


28 posted on 08/08/2012 8:16:16 AM PDT by jrp
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To: Lazamataz

I have asked the moderator to add the link.


29 posted on 08/08/2012 8:17:46 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: arderkrag

“Fully or semi auto is irrelevant. All weapons available to the military should be legal for the populace to own.”

Exactly! OOHHHH that gun looks mean!....So does FLOTUS & POTUS! Personally when ever I fired a selectable firearm, the selector switch was in the single rate of fire position, the only exception was the M-14 and the requirement to qualify using the multi-rate fire position. AR-15’s have no selector switch for multi-rate fire and has 2 positions safe and fire (1 shot for each trigger pull).

Many years ago the news cried gun control because a co-worker killed five people in a Saginaw MI drug store.
He used a claw hammer!


30 posted on 08/08/2012 8:45:29 AM PDT by Fully Awake DAV (Navy Vet when homosexuality was not tolerated)
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To: marktwain
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31 posted on 08/08/2012 9:32:47 AM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Domandred

The bottom picture is sooooo sexy (love to handle & test fire). Sometimes I go to gun shops just to admire the “evil tactical” guns, sometimes I ask to handle different models to check their balance.

The mini 14 becomes an assault weapon when ammo runs dry and it is used as a club.


32 posted on 08/08/2012 10:02:21 AM PDT by Fully Awake DAV (Navy Vet when homosexuality was not tolerated)
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To: Fully Awake DAV

I think the mini-14 ranch rifle is my favorite rifle just because it starts as an “innocent hunting rifle” and with a few bucks can easily be turned into an “evil black rifle”.


33 posted on 08/08/2012 10:10:07 AM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: marktwain

More than seven in ten Americans are morons; so what?

Put a hand oiled walnut stock on the “AR-15” and these benighted survey respondents would whistle a very different tune - and that is, quite plainly, because they’re idiots and have no idea what the h*ll they’re talking about.


34 posted on 08/08/2012 10:17:50 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Domandred

Totally agree with you....My favorite rifle is the M-14.


35 posted on 08/08/2012 10:19:10 AM PDT by Fully Awake DAV (Navy Vet when homosexuality was not tolerated)
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To: marktwain
More than seven-in-ten respondents believe the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle should only be used by the police and other authorized persons.

They polled clueless people who think the AR-15s you can buy in a gun store are full auto. Ask the average person on the street about the National Firearms Act of 1934, the Gun Control Act of 1968, or the Hughes Amendment, and you will get nothing but blank stares.

The anti's aren't going to give up this time. They are going for the gold: registration, then confiscation. And I'll be damned if I go along like a sheep. And I am not alone. There is going to be a civil war.

36 posted on 08/08/2012 10:49:47 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: Dead Corpse
Plain and simple: I will not comply.

Damn straight. Either like Henry Bowman (of "Unintended Consequences") or Phil Gordon (of "Absolved"), I will not comply. Molon labe, bastards.

37 posted on 08/08/2012 10:57:31 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: Puppage

It is too late. They have to find them first - and then take them.


38 posted on 08/08/2012 10:59:57 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Mouton

I’m assuming you mean “pointy-end first.”


39 posted on 08/08/2012 11:01:12 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: FLAMING DEATH

Of course! That darned black assault weapon has a bayonet mount AND a flash suppressor!


40 posted on 08/08/2012 11:04:48 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

That would be correct!


41 posted on 08/08/2012 11:36:05 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Domandred

Same gun. That is how they get rid of both.


42 posted on 08/08/2012 2:25:28 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's Welfare, Food Stamps, Division and Disability 'Legacy')
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To: marktwain
...half of Democrats (50%) and Americans who do not own a gun (49%) are dissatisfied.

Liberals are always writing laws for somebody else.

43 posted on 08/08/2012 2:32:15 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: marktwain

The leftist aka progressive gun haters can demand gun control laws all they want. That pesky 2nd amend stands in their way.


44 posted on 08/10/2012 7:13:15 AM PDT by DMG2FUN
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