Rights aren't decided by polls

Rights aren't decided by polls
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Imagine there was a push to ban Islam from being practiced in the United States. One of the political parties was firmly behind a ban or, at a minimum, heavy restriction on how Muslims can worship. What’s more, polling indicated massive amounts of people supported such measures.


Now picture the states acting to expand religious rights.

How do you think many people today would frame those states’ actions? Heroic? Necessary?

After all, we don’t put our rights up for public debate. That includes our religious liberty. Polling doesn’t negate the right to worship freely, nor should it.

Yet that’s exactly what’s happening right now. The difference is that the right in question is our right to keep and bear arms.

Even as Democrats and some Republicans in Washington work to forge a consensus on modest gun control measures following last week’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, state legislatures across the country are continuing to undo existing regulations.

Polls show that most Americans, including conservatives, support imposing new restrictions on purchasing and carrying weapons. Yet public outcry and opposition from law enforcement groups may not make a difference in Ohio, or elsewhere.

Across much of the Midwest and Southeast, Republicans have complete control of state legislatures. The bills they pass can expect swift endorsement from Republican governors, some of whom have national ambitions that likely would not survive the opposition of gun activists and groups.


If states acted this way to preserve literally any other right, they’d be applauded, but since the Second Amendment is considered a second-class right by these people, we get this instead.

Look, there are issues with the polls. There’s an ambiguity in many of those questions that pollsters may not even realize, such as asking if people support background checks. Well, yeah, most people do…but that’s because we already have background checks. How many say they support it say so because they’re talking about the status quo?

But even if literally everyone who answered the poll was well-versed in the topic, that doesn’t change the fact that our rights aren’t up for debate. Any of them.

The Second Amendment preserves our right to keep and bear arms, a right that was intended to be absolute, despite what some may think. It’s there to preserve all of the other rights.

And let’s be clear, there are other rights under attack as we speak, right the media seem to want to grant second-class status to as well.


But with the Second Amendment, they continue to try and push this idea that public opinion has some bearing on whether we should get to enjoy our rights or not. Imagine if the push was to regulate the press. We know how they’d screech and scream.

After all, it’s only our rights that should be in question, not theirs.

So I don’t care what the polls say. The states expanding gun rights are doing the Lord’s work as far as I’m concerned, and I really don’t care what public opinion has to say one way or another.

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