Two recent polls about personal freedom came to surprising conclusions. One says that the majority of Americans think the federal government threatens their personal rights while the other says that the NRA and gun advocates are "winning the influence battle." Gun rights advocates are hitting gun control pushers harder than ever, especially through media campaigns. Both teams are trying to get the public on their side, but the pro-gun control movement is "fragmented" and losing steam. Forbes Insights and Appinions, a "data-mining company," used data from one week before and five weeks after the Sandy Hook shooting to find trends and observe the "ebb and flow over the gun control debate."
Along with the discovery that personal freedom fighters, including the very prominent NRA, are winning the influence battle, they had other interesting findings. Other than Chris Christie, Republicans are staying out of this fight. For folks who have always backed the GOP, this is disappointing and frustrating. Is this their idea of an "evolving party"? They're doing a great job of losing supporters to the Libertarians. On a recent episode of Glenn Beck, an ex-GOP man, he suggested that Sen. Rand Paul start a new party because of the constant failures of the Republicans. The idea was actually well received and had a lot of support...for a few hours...on Twitter and The Blaze. As mentioned above, the report said that the anti-gun movement is split and has no real leaders while the pro-gun rights team is tightly-knit with a clear, powerful leader in the NRA.
In the other poll taken January 9-13th, this one by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, it shows that "for the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms." Certainly this includes gun rights, The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the Patriot Act (that Democrats were so vehemently opposed to during the Bush tyranny), The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and many, many more. "53% think that the federal government threatens their own personal rights and freedoms while 43% disagree" says Pew. Citizens who do not believe the Constitution is an evolving document will definitely see their freedoms decreasing with President Obama at the helm.
Some of the more surprising results: Only 26 percent of people trust the government in Washington to do the right thing "always or most of the time." 62 percent of gun-owning households view the government as a threat. 54 percent of conservative Republicans said the government was a major threat. Obviously, these results can vary greatly, but it's hard to believe the administration's claims of overwhelming support for gun control with these numbers and others like them. Even if the polls are off by a margin, should that be enough to change some of the most fundamental and basic rights in America? Natural law? Inalienable rights? "Rights according to natural law, a right that cannot be taken away, denied, or transferred." No, not without a large majority.
As it stands, the current gun laws aren't even enforced. VP Biden said, "...we simply don't have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, that checks a wrong box, that answers a question inaccurately." Regardless, the NRA and gun-rights advocates shouldn't view these polls as good news. The sad fact is, we have four more years of a president who has a specific agenda (like most) and answers to no one. For four years, his supporters were running off at the mouth, calling people who warned of this gun grab (and more) "conspiracy nuts" and "fear mongers," demeaning them, laughing at their claims of "Obama's gonna take your guns!" Well, guess what? Obama's gonna take your guns. Big surprise.
Info graphic: Forbes
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2013