Michael Bloomberg’s civilian disarmament propagandists at The Trace can’t help but tell the truth about guns — on occasion. Guns Are Driving American Voters Further Apart cites new research from Social Sciences Quarterly that concludes . . .
Since the 1970s, possessing a ﬁrearm increases the likelihood of voting for Republican candidates . . . we ﬁnd that the impact of gun ownership on the likelihood of voting for a Republican candidate increased across elections, reaching a level in 2012 nearly 50 percent higher than in 1972.
For once, The Trace gets the analysis right.
As the authors note, guns carry an enormous amount of symbolism for Americans of all stripes. To those who own them, firearms can stand for freedom, security, vigor, and masculinity. To those who don’t, they can signify violence, hierarchy, brute force, and indifference to society.
“We contend that the gun debate reflects a far broader conflict concerning competing conceptions of ideology and culture,” the paper reads.
My takeaway: gun ownership is an inherently political act. In fact, it’s a transformative political act. The more Americans who own guns, the safer our Constitutional republic will be. Without a shot fired.
Needless to say, The Trace’s Alex Yablon
isn’t paid to doesn’t see it that way. He sees the study’s results as proof that the NRA’s flag-waving sh*t-stirring is effective.
It’s a conflict that the National Rifle Association, the self-appointed leader of gun culture, goes to great lengths to foment. The group’s political messaging is rife with appeals to cultural solidarity, values, and antipathy to those deemed enemies of freedom — the mainstream media, academics, Women’s Marchers — even if those targets have little to do with firearms. In this framework, Democratic candidates aren’t just gun-grabbers; they’re existential threats.
The problem being? “Right wing” gun owners block “common sense gun control.”
The irony is that while Americans may be drifting further apart when it comes to the politics of gun control, there’s a surprising amount of consensus on many aspects of policy.
Last month, pollsters at Pew found high levels of support across party lines, even among gun owners, for universal background checks on firearms transfers, as well as preventing gun possession by the mentally ill and those barred from flying under suspicion of terrorism.
Americans, gun-owning or otherwise, also broadly oppose allowing the carrying of concealed weapons without a permit.
Citation for that last one?
Never mind. The battle lines (so to speak) couldn’t be any clearer. Gun rights advocates must get the message out on civilian disarmament measures posing as “sensible solutions” and convert as many gun muggles to firearms ownership as possible.