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Polls Dispel Idea of Gun Ban Support

Friday, January 4, 2013

Obviously, the rush is on for gun ban activists.  Many surely know their road won't lead to a safer society, but they don't care.  As long as their bandwagon is taking on passengers, it gives both the appearance of action being taken and the opportunity to bash the NRA.

Fortunately, the majority of the country isn't buying the hype. 

In the immediate wake of the Newtown murders, while gun-control advocates were exploiting the actions of a madman to try to justify disarming the law-abiding majority, a USA Today-Gallup Poll found that 74 percent of those polled opposed a ban on private ownership of handguns, and 51 percent opposed a ban on private ownership of so called "assault weapons."

A recent Rasmussen Reports poll found that 54 percent of American adults would feel safer if their child's school had an armed security guard. The same poll found that among parents of school-aged children, support for armed guards is even higher. Sixty two percent of such parents would feel safer with an armed security guard at the school, while 22 percent would feel safer if their child attended a gun-free school.  

And even as the gun banners seek to blame and attack NRA for the actions of a killer, Gallup's poll reveals that NRA still has a 54 percent favorable rating among Americans.  It is worth noting that, as of January 3rd, the Real Clear Politics average of President Obama's approval rating is slightly lower, at 53.4 percent.  And, perhaps not surprisingly, recent data show the overall approval rating for the U.S. Congress is just 18 percent. 

In other words, there is greater support for armed guards in schools than there is for restricting "assault weapons," and NRA remains slightly more popular than the president and about three times more popular than Congress.



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