Our rights aren’t decided by popularity polls. That’s why they’re enshrined in the Constitution; so as to make it so they can’t be stripped away from any or all of us just because the majority decided they didn’t like it anymore.
Yet gun control advocates love their opinion surveys. So do the media.
A recent one caused me to raise an eyebrow, too. You see, it says that young people–around 60 percent, actually–favor restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms.
Now, regardless of how our rights are to be protected, the truth is that if popular opinion swings hard enough, we will see gun control. Then it’s a matter of fighting it out in the courts, but that takes time and today’s court precedence could be overturned later down the road.
So that survey should trouble us.
Some 74% of young people in the U.S. believe gun violence is a problem, and 60% want to see stricter gun laws, according to a new report from American University, the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Oh, well, that tells you all you need to know, doesn’t it?
More on this in a moment.
Researchers polled a representative sample of 4,100 people, ages 14 to 30.
Wyatt Russell, senior program manager and policy analyst with the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab at American University in Washington, D.C., said a generation raised in an era where mass shootings are ubiquitous is very worried about school safety, which also contributes to a rise in anxiety and depression.
“The average young person knows at least one other person who’s been injured or killed by a gun,” Russell pointed out. “We’ve seen an astonishingly high 25% of youth have been in an active shooter lockdown. Not a drill. A lockdown.”
I have no doubt. However, what Russell doesn’t say is that remarkably few of them actually dealt with an active shooter situation. Many of those lockdowns were precautionary, and even if mass shooters were super rare, those lockdowns likely still would have happened because the risks were too great not to implement them.
See, schools will lock down because someone was believed to have been seen with a gun near a school, as an example we’ve seen more than a few times. Sometimes it’s a toy gun or sometimes it’s not even a firearm-shaped object at all. What happens, though, is because of the proximity, officials lock the school down.
So yeah, the idea that 25 percent have been locked down may be accurate, but it’s meaningless.
But then again, let’s remember who was part of this survey. The Southern Poverty Law Center and Everytown. SPLC has basically dragged its own name through the mud by making it very clear they’re a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party. Everytown has never been anything but an anti-gun organization that pretends to be non-partisan.
The truth is that neither of these organizations has done anything to engender trust among the people, though the media will often present their findings uncritically. Especially since we also know that there are significant problems with gun control polling.
Then we have the fact that this flies in the face of other data we’ve seen finding that younger Americans are actually pretty pro-gun.
Now, discrepancies exist, but let’s remember that this is a survey done, at least in part, but a gun control group that fundraises off of its efforts to push gun control. Would they have any reason to misrepresent their findings in the slightest?
Nah. I’m sure it’s all legit.
At the end of the day, though, we all know the truth: Support for gun control doesn’t equate to the constitutionality of gun control.
Yet it does suggest we’ve got a lot of work to do reaching out to younger Americans.