The Left in America continues its sprint to the outermost radical fringes. Last week, San Francisco officially labelled the NRA a “terrorist organization.” Now, Rasmussen Reports reveals that 32% of Democrats polled “favor declaring the gun rights group a terrorist organization.” Even worse, 28% of them would imprison people for joining the nation’s oldest civil rights organization.
So much for freedom of association.
The long, media-driven campaign to demonize gun owners and the NRA in particular has brought us to a place where between a quarter and a third of Democrats embrace tyranny over freedom.
Obviously, Rasmussen’s poll shows that a significant subset of Americans don’t respect either the First or the Second Amendment.
From Rasmussen Reports:
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that nearly one-out-of-three Likely Democratic Voters (32%) favor declaring the gun rights group a terrorist organization in the community where they live. Fourteen percent (14%) of Republicans and 20% of voters not affiliated with either major party agree. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Democrats say Americans should be prohibited by law from belonging to pro-gun rights organizations like the NRA, a view shared by 15% of Republicans and 10% of uanffiliateds.
Among all likely voters, 23% favor declaring the NRA a terrorist organization in their home community, while 18% think it should be against the law to belong to pro-gun rights groups like the NRA.
Meanwhile, quite a few of those hard-left, anti-NRA respondents joined with mainstream Americans to support stricter enforcement of existing laws over passing new ones that criminals will then also ignore:
Eighty-two percent (82%) of Democrats and 64% of unaffiliated voters want stricter gun control, compared to 45% of Republicans. But 57% of all Americans believe stricter enforcement of existing gun control laws is more important than putting new gun control laws on the books.
Despite the demonization, Rasmussen’s results show the NRA’s favorability remaining at 50%, as it has for a long time. This suggests that those opposed to the NRA have grown far more radical as efforts to increase gun control have failed, thanks to gun rights activism and plain old common sense on the part of mainstream, everyday Americans.
Fifty percent (50%) of voters share a favorable impression of the NRA; 44% do not. This includes 30% with a Very Favorable view of the group and 33% with a Very Unfavorable one. These views are virtually unchanged from March of last year.
Favorables for the NRA have ranged from 49% to 54% in surveys since 2011.
The trend, however, isn’t good. The most radical in their (rabid) opposition to the NRA are the last couple of generations. . .
Voters under 40 are far more supportive than their elders of making it illegal to belong to gun rights groups like the NRA.
We have our work cut out for us to educate folks not only on the proven benefits of firearms ownership. And some First Amendment advocacy as well.