Normally in the aftermath of a mass shooting you’ll see a little spike in public sentiment for more gun control laws. Following the attack at Sandy Hook the number of people in favor of a so-called “assault weapons” ban spiked for the first time in decades before quietly slinking back to normal levels. But things have changed. Following events like the Colorado Springs shooting and the San Bernardino terrorist attack, more Americans see the Second Amendment as the best way to protect themselves. A record 53% of Americans now oppose an “assault weapons” ban according to ABC, and more people believe that concealed carry is a better idea than increased gun control to keep people safe . . .
A majority of Americans oppose banning assault weapons for the first time in more than 20 years of ABC News/Washington Post polls, with the public expressing vast doubt that the authorities can prevent “lone wolf” terrorist attacks and a substantial sense that armed citizens can help.
Just 45 percent in this national survey favor an assault weapons ban, down 11 percentage points from an ABC/Post poll in 2013 and down from a peak of 80 percent in 1994. Fifty-three percent oppose such a ban, the most on record.
Democrats have stated that they want gun control to be a “litmus test” for the 2016 race for president, and while that might be a good strategy for winning the votes of their dyed-in-the-wool anti-gun base, it’s apparently at odds with the mood of the majority of Americans. If they want to win the White House, this latest poll indicates that they might want to reconsider that position.
What’s really interesting isn’t the backlash against an “assault weapons” ban, but instead the viewpoint of the majority of Americans on the best way to keep us safe.
It’s evident that most Americans have lost faith in the ability of a big government approach to keeping terrorists from attacking us here at home. Instead, they are increasingly turning to concealed carry and self-reliance as the best way to defend against terrorism.
That’s the most interesting graph I’ve seen in a long time. Like I said, in the past you’d have seen gun control gaining support when people are scared and the body count on TV rises. But instead of turning to the government to save them, people are realizing that they’re their own first responders. That when the worst happens, self-reliance and armed self-defense are their best options. It’s the reason why the Second Amendment exists.