Poll claims Americans care nothing about their rights

Poll claims Americans care nothing about their rights
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The Constitution exists to create limits on government. Our Founding Fathers were fearful that the new nation they created would become a bastion of tyranny. They later added the Bill of Rights because they believed certain rights were too important to just hope that lawmakers wouldn’t tread on them.

Of course, even those protections weren’t enough as we can all see from our current debate.

Yet according to a recent poll, more Americans are actually OK with losing their rights.

Seventy percent of Americans think enacting new gun control laws should take precedence over protecting ownership rights, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll out Sunday.

Why it matters: The findings indicate widespread support for stricter gun control laws in the wake of mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, Uvalde, Texas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The big picture: On the flip side, 29% of respondents believe protecting the right to own a wide variety of guns should be a higher priority than enacting new gun control laws, the poll suggests.

In fact, the poll found that 70 percent of Americans believe we need to curtail our rights and pass gun control. That’s significant, right?

Not really. It’s a nine-point bump from March of last year–but there’s always a bump after a mass shooting–which suggests that this poll typically skews heavily anti-gun. After all, we have plenty of other polls that don’t show any such heavily anti-gun sentiment.

But right now, this particular poll is likely to get held up as if it’s some revelation that we should all bow down and worship.

That’s simply not the case.

With all that being said, though, it’s clear we need to do something to address the idea that our rights are somehow up for grab. It’s a public relations issue that we’re failing at woefully.

Of course, when the bulk of the media is against you and pushing the same agenda, it’s kind of hard to convince people that your rights actually are absolute and you should be free to enjoy them without government interference.

That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try and figure out a way to do just that, though, because if we don’t, we’ll see more and more of our fellow Americans come to terms with passing laws that infringe upon our sacred liberties.

Yet I have to remind myself that this is one heavily-skewed sample in the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting. Support for gun control always gets high in such circumstances.

It should be noted that the poll isn’t good news for Biden, though. It shows a lot of people are very upset about the economy and hold that as a major issue leading into the midterms.

That means this focus on guns, despite the numbers of people who support gun control, may come back to bite him in the posterior.

Still, I hate to break it to those folks, but a lot of us aren’t giving up our rights. Not without a fight, and I don’t necessarily mean that metaphorically.