Don't let the media fool you, gun rights are popular

Don't let the media fool you, gun rights are popular
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Whether or not the general public supports gun control or not is largely irrelevant to most of us. Our gun rights are enshrined in the Second Amendment, which means they don’t need to be popular to warrant being protected.

But gun control is different. Because it runs in direct opposition to the Constitution, it’s vital that it enjoy support.

And, according to a number of polls, it does to some extent.

Yet we also know that gun control is really just a moving window. They may say they just want to ban so-called assault weapons now, but it’ll be something else next.

According to some recent polls, though, gun rights are actually popular.

As Larry Keane notes over at The Truth About Guns:

Americans are showing they approve of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of more individual rights for law-abiding Americans in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, instead of siding with more restrictions.

U.S. Supreme Court Justices aren’t elected. They don’t face approval or rejection by voters at the ballot box. They are insulated from political pressure to rule a certain way on the cases they hear. But the highest court in the land has garnered the approval of a large majority of Americans following their landmark decision last summer expanding Second Amendment protections.

As law-abiding Americans continue purchasing firearms in historic numbers and experience firsthand what the lawful process of buying a gun entails, they’re rejecting calls for more gun control and giving the Supreme Court good marks.

High Marks for Gun Rights

poll from Marquette University School of Law asked Americans about their opinions on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down New York’s restrictive and subjective “may issue” concealed carry gun control laws in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. The 6-3 decision affirmed that the Second Amendment is an individual right that may be exercised both in the home and in public. Americans, by large numbers, support the Court’s decision nearly six months after[sic]

The Reload reported the poll showed 64 percent of respondents favor the Court’s decision to expand Second Amendment rights by striking down New York’s law with 36 percent strongly in favor. Conversely, just 35 percent noted they were opposed to the decision with 16 percent strongly opposed.

Go and read the whole thing because it’s really good news, which we all could use this time of year.

The truth is that while polling may suggest a number of Americans support gun control, many others still think of gun rights as a good thing. That means there’s no chance of passing draconian measures similar to those you see all over Europe that many anti-gunners want here.

Let’s remember that many have tried to claim that the Supreme Court’s decision was out of line with the mainstream, yet the poll noted above makes it clear that a majority of Americans actually supported the ruling, with more than a third “strongly” supporting it.

Gun rights matter, and a lot of Americans who have no interest in owning a gun themselves still recognize the importance of those rights. They take advantage of a kind of herd immunity presented by having a gun-owning public, a herd immunity that helps shield them from violent crime and tyrannical governments.

So while anti-gunners and the media (but I repeat myself) continue to pretend they have the edge, they don’t. People support gun rights. That means it’s easier to convince them that gun control is ultimately a problem.