Skip to comments.Advanced age of gun rights opponents consistent with demographic shift
Posted on 02/10/2013 4:26:35 PM PST by marktwain
Ever notice something about the leading political opponents of gun rights? Hint: They are really, really old.
Examples: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D - CA), 79. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D - DC), 75. Vice President Joe Biden (D), 70. Mayor Mike Bloomberg (R - NYC), 70. Representative Jim Moran (D - Alexandria), 67.
These political activists have been pushing their anti-gun rights agenda before most Americans were born. But over the last century, Americans views on gun rights have dramatically changed.
"Historically, large majorities of Americans favoured [British English] stronger gun laws, way back to the 1930s," said Robert Spitzer, author of the Politics of Gun Control and chair of the political science department at State University of New York College at Cortland. "But visibly in the last decade public opinion has shifted toward being more sympathetic toward the gun rights position."
While its possible that individual Americans views on gun rights may have changed over time, a more likely explanation is that newer generations of Americans just support gun rights by higher margins than their predecessors. The latter conclusion is supported by a 2012 American University study conducted by American University professor Jennifer L. Lawless and Loyola Marymount professor Richard L. Fox which focused on the political opinions of young Americans.
Gallup reported in 2011 that [f]orty-seven percent of American adults currently report that they have a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property. This is up from 41% a year ago and is the highest Gallup has recorded since 1993. And now the American University study finds that an even higher percentage of younger Americans - 60% of both high school and college students - "plan on owning guns at a later stage in life.
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Maybe it has been all the zombie movies....
Maybe it is because of the growth of the Internet..
Old commies like old gun control laws. Why didn’t I notice this sooner?!
And now the American University study finds that an even higher percentage of younger Americans - 60% of both high school and college students - “plan on owning guns at a later stage in life.....
I believe the shift is due to all the 3D video games that young people play. They’ve been shooting guns electronically since they were little and would like to try it for real.
These are the same games that can help d-sensitize the mass murderer wackos .
We who are in our own middling and advanced years must beat back this latest onslaught of gun-grabbers from the head constitution-trasher himself, down to every two-bit local city council member who thinks they have more to say about life in American than the rest of us.
We must not fail!
After all... it's for the children!
This is why we need to invite other, younger generation type persons to go shooting with us from time to time and let them, safely, fondle our wicked cool “evil black rifles”. We need to be prepping the battlefields of tomorrow today because our enemy surely is. His greatest weapons are time and complacency.
Maybe it is because they realize what criminals they grew up with.
The young socialists are there in the wings.
You may not know their names, and they don’t want you to.
They are like cock roaches.
They hide in the shadows and scurry under the refrigerator to avoid the spotlight.
The problem is not going to go away simply because of the aging of the figure heads.
As the older, bolder socialists pass on;
the younger ones will step up to take their place.
Had my daughter out shooting my 30-30 when she was home from college for Christmas break.
There were no guns in the house when I grew up, step-monster freaked out when she found a pellet gun I had smuggled in. After I got out of the service, have almost always had a few. Just seems normal to me.
Thankfully they are fewer and fewer of them.
***”Historically, large majorities of Americans favoured [British English] stronger gun laws, way back to the 1930s,”****
Bunkum. Every time a proposition like Prop 15 in Cali back in 1982, is voted on it is TURNED DOWN by the people.
For those who don’t remember, prop 15 was to register all handguns and ban the sell of new ones in California.
it was guaranteed to pass.
Law officers in big cities backed it.
The night before the vote CBS had an hour special on the evil of handguns.
Polls said it would pass 2 to 1!
HCI was popping Champaign corks in a guaranteed win.
The the next day the prop was VOTED DOWN by a 2 to 1 margin.
The anti gun forces across the US were stunned, so they started looking for other ways to get around this road block. That is when they discovered the Cop Killer bullet and assault rifles, so they made them targets, even though they had said “Long guns would not be affected”.
“[f]orty-seven percent of American adults currently report that they have a gun in their home “
Considering the number of felonies and misdemeanor domestic assaults in the populace that’s probably pretty close to a hundred per cent of eligible households.
(Get your rights restored per your state laws.)
Gun control was on a roll back in the 1990s! They would soon be banned permanently!
Then 19 Arabs with boxcutters murdered 3000 people in one day and people suddenly woke up and realized they just might need one of those “evil” looking rifles with an extended magazine after all.
67 can hardly be described as advanced age when the expected lifespan in 2003 was 77.5 years.
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Those in favor of abortion are having the same problem as those who love gun control. The younger generations are much more pro-life and pro-gun.
If crime was reported even more completely and with less bias and azz-covering, they would even more clearly see the need to have the means to protect themselves and their families.