Support for gun rights at highest point in two decades

Support for gun rights at highest point in two decades

Jennifer Deasy shoots a pistol at the target range at Niagara Gun Range in North Tonawanda, N.Y., Thursday June 26, 2008. Americans can keep guns at home for self-defense, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in the justices' first-ever pronouncement on the meaning of gun rights under the Second Amendment. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
Jennifer Deasy shoots a pistol at the target range at Niagara Gun Range in North Tonawanda, N.Y., Thursday June 26, 2008. Americans can keep guns at home for self-defense, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in the justices’ first-ever pronouncement on … more >
– The Washington Times – Updated: 7:56 a.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014

Support for gun rights is higher than it’s been in decades, according to the latest data from the Pew Research Center that signals a stunning turnaround in how Americans feel about the issue just two years after the Newtown school shooting.

Pew found that 52 percent of Americans say Second Amendment rights are more important than gun control — up 7 percentage points from just after the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 schoolchildren and six faculty dead.

That’s the highest approval rating in two decades, and it’s being driven in part by changing attitudes among black Americans, who are increasingly likely to view guns as good for public safety.

Pew found 54 percent of blacks now say firearms protect people from being victims of crimes, compared to 41 percent who say they are a public safety risk. Just two years ago, only 29 percent of blacks said guns were a public safety boon.

“Over the past two years, blacks’ views on this measure have changed dramatically,” Pew researchers said.


The changes are all the more stunning given the direction the debate appeared to be going two years ago, when 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother, then drove to the elementary school where he fatally shot 26 people, then turned the gun on himself to commit suicide.

 President Obama called for major new restrictions on gun rights in the wake of the shooting, asking Congress to enact a bill to subject more gun purchases to background checks and to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines and military-style rifles. But gun rights supporters rallied, blocking those efforts in the Senate and leaving the matter stalled.

Some states acted in lieu of federal action, but Democrats on Capitol Hill said Wednesday they remain committed to imposing new restrictions.

“It is imperative that we act,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said at an event to commemorate the Newtown shooting. “We must stick with this.”

Gun control supporters said other polling still shows strong support for specific changes. Requiring universal background checks garners support of about 90 percent of Americans, while support for limits on rifles and ammunition magazines hovers just above 50 percent.

Ladd Everitt, a spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said Pew’s findings reflect a sharp partisan divide on the issue, but also said the wording of the survey might have influenced the results. The survey asked whether it was more important to “control gun ownership” or “protect the right of Americans to own guns.”

“The notion of having ‘rights’ is certainly going to be more appealing than the notion of being ‘controlled,’ no matter what topic you are asking respondents about,” he said in an email. “We’d be curious to see how the polling would look if Pew Research asked respondents if they believed they had ‘a right to be free from gun violence in their communities through the enactment of sensible gun legislation.’”

Specific wording aside, Pew’s research suggested a shift over time. Support for gun control peaked at 66 percent in the late 1990s, or about the time of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, and has dropped 20 percentage points since then.

The recent shift has also happened across nearly all demographic lines.

When posed a choice between supporting gun rights or gun controls, men and women, old and young, white and black and Republican and Democrat all saw their preference for Second Amendment rights increase over the last two years.

African-Americans’ support for gun rights rose from 24 percent to 34 percent, and whites’ backing rose from 53 percent to 61 percent. Only Hispanics saw a drop in their support for gun rights, slipping 2 percentage points to 25 percent, or lower than blacks’ level of support.

While Democrats still generally back gun controls, with just 28 percent supporting gun rights, majorities of both Republicans and independents say the Second Amendment trumps their desire for more controls.

Newtown Calls for Armed School Officers

Newtown Calls for Armed School Officers

By George Colli
|  Friday, Feb 1, 2013  |  Updated 12:35 PM EST
The Newtown Board of Education requests the town fund additional armed police officers.

George Colli and Thomas Kienzler

The Newtown Board of Education requests the town fund additional armed police officers.

PHOTOS: Newtown School Shooting

The Newtown Board of Education wants more armed police officers in the town’s four elementary schools after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Last night, they decided to ask the town to approve the request to include one additional full-time Newtown police at each of the elementary schools in next year’s budget.

Members of the board will meet today with state and federal officials about obtaining additional funding for security.

“Our parents are demanding of us that things are made safe and secure and certain measures are put in place,” Chairwoman Debbie Leidlein said. “So we’re being very thoughtful.”

Several police officers have been stationed at all Newtown schools since the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, where 20 children and six staff members were killed.

Those officers will remain at the school through the remainder of the school year, but the budget for the next fiscal year funds only resource officers at middle and high schools.

Parents said security means more than a police presence.

“My main concern is with accessibility to these school, said Neil Johnson, a parent of two Newtown students. “On December 14th, that was the main bare-boned reason that occurred.”

“After what happened in our community, I just think we should go over and above and provide a shining example for the rest of the world and protect our kids,” said resident Donna Lorenz.

Diane Feinstein and Episcopal Priest pit NRA against Jesus. Introduces major gun control bill.

Official liberal rules:  It is only okay to violate our view of separation of church and state when the prayer and subject match liberal policy.  It is fine to invoke Jesus so long is He is also on the side of our policy.  The only time you can say  a group is against the Cross is when we do it.  Expect to hear nothing from ACLU or People for the American Way.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein opens up anti-gun presser with a prayer

January 24, 2013 | 11:16 am 

“As Sen. Diane Feinstein opened her press conference on gun control, she invited Dean of the National Cathedral Rev. Canon Gary Hall to offer a prayer.

Hall spoke briefly before the prayer, calling for Washington legislators to stop fearing the gun lobby and fulfill their “moral duty” to restrict guns.

“Everyone in this city seems to live in terror of the gun lobby,” Hall said. “But I believe that the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby.”

Hall said that he could no longer justify a society that allowed ordinary citizens to keep and bear “assault weapons.”

During the prayer, Hall asked God to “bless our elected leaders with the wisdom and the courage needed to bring about the changes that the people demand.”

Blog Editor’s note:  The same hypocrisy that afflicts Washington politicians afflicts Ms. Feinstein.    Armed guards protect their children at private schools while they condemn the NRA plan for the rest of our children to have the same protection.   As mayor of San Francisco she enacted a law against carrying concealed handguns.  She was caught with one herself but was not charged because she was mayor.

Piers Morgan blatantly lied about gun violence.

0803_piers1You must watch this video!

Piers Morgan lied so blatantly about American gun owners that I do not know where to start.  He tried to show that Gun control in England made their nation safe and that there were only 35 gun related crimes in the UK in 2011.  The true facts about guns and violence are so opposite what you are hearing in the media that it astounding.

I believe strongly in the American Constitution.  I do not believe that it was simply a human achievement but it was a document that was created with divine intervention.  I believe that the Bill of Rights is there to protect us from the tyranny of Government.  Today, we are seeing a massive and combined effort to remove the rights granted by these documents.

I am not a gun freak.  I am an evangelist.  However, I see where all of this is going and it is chilling.  We are watching America being taken over by forces that would centralize all power and liberty under a dictatorship.   That cannot happen where there are gun rights that is why I am speaking out for gun rights.

The Sandy Hook massacre is only the latest disaster to be being used as an excuse to disarm the public.   This was a horrifying tragedy of that there is no doubt but the agenda for seizing guns from private citizens is just as dangerous.

Take a moment to see the video and how Piers Morgan lied deliberately to turn Americans against gun ownership.