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Politics Support for gun control hits a seven-year low

01:55  25 november  2021
01:55  25 november  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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  Opinion | Democrats Should Ditch the Anti-Gun Rhetoric If They Want to Survive 2022 Key components of the party — women, Black people and Latinos — are increasingly gun owners.The reasons for these defections are numerous, with most of the post-election analysis focused on schools (and wedge issues such as “critical race theory”), the economy (rising inflation) and the response to the Covid pandemic. But if Democrats want to repair their relationships with these key voter groups there’s another issue that can do it. It’s not climate change or Covid vaccines or even child tax credits. It’s guns.

After the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, gun control activists and the liberal media thought they could finally turn gun control into a winning issue. Now, support for gun control is lower than it has been at any point in the last seven years.

a group of items on a table: Semi-Automatic handguns are displayed at Duke's Sport Shop, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New Castle, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) © Provided by Washington Examiner Semi-Automatic handguns are displayed at Duke's Sport Shop, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New Castle, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Gallup began asking how people viewed “laws covering the sale of firearms” back in 1990. Only 52% of people think those laws should be stricter than they are now, which is the lowest Gallup has recorded since 2014. While that number seems high, it’s worth remembering that general support for gun control fades when specific measures are introduced and debated. Vague promises of gun control always poll far better than when they are put into legislation.

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And that 52% is a steep drop from previous gun control polling. In 1990, Gallup found that 78% of people supported stricter gun control. In 2018, the same year as the Parkland shooting, Gallup found that 67% supported stricter gun control. Since then, support from independents has dropped from 64% in 2019 to 45% now.

There are plenty of factors that explain this. The first is Democratic overreach, as the media propped up vile partisan attacks from appointed Parkland children who compared GOP Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to the shooter and advocated for the Supreme Court to strip gun owners of their Second Amendment rights. Democratic media darling Beto O’Rourke is now running for governor of Texas while continuing to promise gun confiscation.

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  Gun owners fear Biden will grab their weapons More people are turning to guns to protect themselves against a growing national crime wave, but they fear that federal agents will come and confiscate them. © Provided by Washington Examiner In one of two new gun surveys following reports that the Biden administration is drawing up a list of gun owners, most said they are worried that his goal is to grab their weapons at a time when they feel they need them most. Rasmussen Reports said that 53% believe it likely that the administration will confiscate all guns.

The lawless riots that followed the death of George Floyd also played a role. As Black Lives Matter protests devolved into rioting and looting in several cities across the country, Democratic mayors and governors pulled back and allowed it to happen. It was made clear that police officers would not be allowed to protect public safety as anti-police activists demanded they be forced to stand down and began pushing for police departments to be defunded, which Democrat-run cities were happy to oblige.

There is also the surge in crime. Following those riots, homicides surged across the country. Not only did that lead to veteran gun owners buying firearms and ammunition, but over 7.5 million people, including women and minorities, became first-time gun owners.

Given that gun ownership is one of the clearest indicators of partisan voting preferences, it’s likely that gun control will only become more unpopular in the coming years. Independents have already dropped below 50% support, and it won’t be surprising if that 52% number follows with three more years of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the helm.

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Original Author: Zachary Faria

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