Why a new assault weapon ban would be bad politics

Dianne Feinstein

After the last assault weapon ban was passed, the Democrats suffered a complete blood bath in Congress during the midterm elections that year.  Why?  Simple.  Most Americans didn’t like the of Uncle Sam telling them they couldn’t have certain kinds of weapons apparently.

Well, it looks like that’s still the case:

A slight majority of Americans do not want assault weapons banned in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting, though a clear majority said they support stricter gun laws in general, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll out Wednesday.

Specifically on an assault weapons ban, 51 percent of respondents were against the measure, while 44 percent said they support it, the poll said. That remains largely unchanged from an October 2011 poll that had 43 percent for and 51 percent against a ban.

This comes as more Americans say they want stricter gun control in general.

Now, it must be pointed out that 51 percent isn’t a huge margin, but this is also in the aftermath of Sandy Hook when people are more likely to be reactionary about the issue.  Expect the numbers to reach higher as people begin to calm down from the tragedy.

Gallup also found that resistance to a handgun ban is at an all-time high.

An unprecedented number of Americans support the right to own a handgun, despite the recent mass killings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., that have renewed the push for gun control.

Even with the killings in Newtown as a backdrop, a new Gallup poll shows 74 percent of Americans now support the right to possess a handgun, while just 24 percent would support a ban.

In fact, the Gallup poll is a near-perfect example of why passing gun control legislation will be difficult.

While a significant majority of Americans say they support new gun measures — 58 percent (up from 44 percent last year) — those same people can’t seem to come to an agreement when it comes to specific laws.

So, while the tide looks to be shifting on the idea of gun control in general, it looks to be very clear that new legislation would anger a significant percentage of the American population.  In short, the idea sounds great to those 58 percent, but no one can agree on what to do.

Frankly, it’s kind of amusing that public sentiment is clearly against just about all of Dianne Feinstein’s proposal.  That tickles me to no end, and I’m sure it will tickle a lot of other pro Second Amendment folks as well.

The question is, when will they quit trying to take away our rights because some people abuse theirs?

 


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