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Wheels come off the campaign to ban handguns

For years there’s been a concerted effort to get handguns banned in the US (not to mention the best efforts of the DoJ with “Fast and Furious” to aid that effort).  And war of words has been fierce, the propaganda unrelenting and the hope eternal that the effort would succeed.

Well, it looks like the American people have looked at both sides of the argument and decided, at least for now, that those wishing to ban handguns have no case:

A record-low 26% of Americans favor a legal ban on the possession of handguns in the United States other than by police and other authorized people. When Gallup first asked Americans this question in 1959, 60% favored banning handguns. But since 1975, the majority of Americans have opposed such a measure, with opposition around 70% in recent years.

And there’s more:

For the first time, Gallup finds greater opposition to than support for a ban on semiautomatic guns or assault rifles, 53% to 43%. In the initial asking of this question in 1996, the numbers were nearly reversed, with 57% for and 42% against an assault rifle ban. Congress passed such a ban in 1994, but the law expired when Congress did not act to renew it in 2004. Around the time the law expired, Americans were about evenly divided in their views.

Why? Because, I think, concealed carry laws haven’t brought the mayhem that the advocates claimed they would.  In fact, quite the opposite.  And its always nice for the bad guys who may be thinking about taking you on for whatever evil reason to have to guess.  Deterrence is the best form of self-defense.

Secondly, it may sound trite, but people have accepted the cliché “guns don’t kill people, people do” as a truth.  It isn’t the tool that’s the problem, it’s the person using the tool.

Finally, I also believe most Americans have finally realized that self-protection and self-defense are inherent responsibilities they must discharge and can’t outsource to government.  The best tool for that, ye olde equalizer, is a hand gun responsibly used.

And then, of course there’s that pesky Constitutional amendment and all.

My guess is that the dream of gun confiscation is pretty much a dead issue for right now.  Obviously that doesn’t mean it won’t again arise or, like health care, a certain party won’t simply ram something through Congress if they ever get the chance again.  But according to this poll, American’s don’t support it now and most likely wouldn’t support it if that was tried.


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23 Responses to Wheels come off the campaign to ban handguns

  • The other argument goes that since Al Gore lost hist “home” state of Tennessee in 2000, and the Presidency with it, politicians have decided that this subject just loses votes.

  • “a certain party won’t simply ram something through Congress if they ever get the chance again.  But according to this poll, American’s don’t support it now and most likely wouldn’t support it if that was tried.”
    There’s always executive orders man.    All Hail Barack the 1st.

    • This is one of those “be careful what you wish for because you might get it” kinds of things for the Democrats.
      The most ardent anti- gun control group in the US of A is the black community.  Does anybody really thing that they trust “The Man” ?

    • Looker is correct.  The handgun ban failed, but Obama and his anti-gun allies have looked at other means.  Fast & Furious was designed to have us sign a treaty with Mexico banning weapons.  If ratified, it would take precedence over the Second Amendment.  That process blew up, but there are two other plans in work.

      1.  They may try to classify guns as a health hazard and charge gun owners prohibitively high premiums or refuse to cover them at all. Here in Alabama, there is a law working its way through the legislature that prohibits medical professionals from asking about gun ownership on pain of loss of the license to practice.

      2.  Increase the cost of ammunition.  The answer is to reload.  For less than $500 you can set up a single stage press , lay in components and manufacture your own at between 5 cents and 25 cents per round.  I’ve been reloading since 1964.  Today, I have enough pistol powder to charge 30,000 rounds and I cast 230 grain .45 ACP bullets from wheel weights.  Rather than buying 50 rounds of Winchester white box for $25, I make better ammo for $2.50.

      I plan to be shooting regardless of what these clowns do.

  • Gun control is not so much about safety as it is about control.  That is my guess as to why it is a popular issue with the statist left.  As Leo pointed out, it is a bad issue to run on so it will be on the back burner… for now.
    The GOP needs to figure this out on gays and marriage.  Sexual preference and marriage are not a federal issues.

    • Leftist have sometimes made it clear that it is really just about control. I’ve heard the “commutarian” argument that civilized people don’t own arms to use on other citizens (i.e., shoot criminals in self defense).

      On the other hand, I think a robust ownership of firearms encourages an independent and confident citizenry. Looking at early American history during the colonial period and early Republic, it is clear to me that the civic structure benifitted from armed citizens and the militia system.

  • The other thing is that the Supremes rulled in Heller that the 2nd is an individual right that applies to handguns. And in McDonald, they incorporated the 2nd so it applies to the states as well.

    Further, logic is solidly on the side of the individual rights interpretation. The antis had to use all sorts of logical gymnastics to defend their argument, and usually fell back on “the Supremes never ruled the 2nd was an individual right”.

    None of this makes handgun bans impossible, because the American people can ignore the Supreme Court and the Constitution if they want to. It does mean the left can’t impose wide handgun bans over the will of the people. And even in the case of a local area where the people would support such a ban, an individual can contest it and win in court.

    Maybe Obama will help make socialism and big government as unpopular as gun control.

  • Let us not forget that the laws themselves on work on law abiding citizens since criminals aren’t really concerned about laws in the first place.

  • I gotta figure there is also the effect of OBSERVATION, as we talked about the other day.
    People are realizing they need to be more “self-reliant”, contra Pres. Limp Duck.
    The “arch of history” has been bent toward the Ol’ Thunder-Mug….

  • In 1961, a retired USMC Lt Col Jeff Cooper coined the term “Hoplophobia”:  The irrational fear of weapons.  He taught small arms out in Arizona and pioneered the modern handgun self defense tactics we all use today – weaver stance, two hands, double tap.  He was pretty tough on people who would not work to enhance their skills maintain situational awareness.  One of his best quotes is:

    “Owning a handgun doesn’t make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.”
    -Jeff Cooper

  • It still amazes me that the Aussies just gave up their guns without a fight, they also have fallen for some rather extreme laws on political correctness.  Next time I hear an Aussie talking about how independent and strong willed they are, I am going to say, Naw mate you’re a pack of Sheilas.

    • A little historical vignette…
      Great Britain had disarmed itself prior to WWII.  Consequently, when they feared a Nazi invasion they put out a plea for guns to rearm the populace.
      In response, Americans sent over thousands of guns, including MANY fine SAA Colts.  They were never used, of course.
      After the war, they were all melted down, making the pre-war SAA Colt more of a rarity.

  • The only honest Collectivist I ever spoke to about gun control was a PoliSci professor at TAMU.
    “I am totally in favor of gun control…right after I buy mine.”

  • We’ve had 50 years of “gun control” and that hasn’t appeared to solve anything. The public is pragmatic and right now they are more concerned about jobs, taxes and being blown up in an airplane.

    • Ironically, they’ve got me less afraid of being blown up, and more afraid of being evesdropped, body cavity searched, no knock warranted and generally taxed, regulated, legislated and nannied into the United Socialist States Republic.
      Gee, in a way, that crackpot Erb is right, I’m beginning to fear my own national government more than I ever feared radical Islam.

    • On jobs and taxes, far too many “Americans” are too stupid to recognize the consequence of increasing taxes on the rich, increasing minimum wage, using laws and regulations to “protect workers’ rights” (i.e., mandating expensive privileges), and overall using government spending to “solve” this or that.  If the rich get more money, that must be at the expense of everyone else (zero sum).  The expense of hiring people is only about what they take home each paycheck, because it all comes from some great money pile and it’s all about those fat cats getting an unfair part of that, and none of that has anything to do with the viability of keeping a business running.  And, government spending likewise comes from a great big money pile and it’s more important to make things “safe” and fair than to worry about all that debt stuff (which is just something that the nutty fringe politicians use to hold everyone else hostage…if those people just got replaced with sensible, pragmatic politicians, the debt stuff wouldn’t be a problem).
      As far as being blown up in an airplane, that requires constant reminders and close call incidents to get people scared enough to put up with taking off their shoes and not complaining about all the fondling and groping.  Without such propaganda, without particular events to give people vivid nightmares, if you introduced all of the “security measures” enacted since 9/11 immediately upon Americans from the 70s or before, who were used to going to the gate to meet Dad coming home from a business trip, perhaps going through a metal detector at the most, you’d have an outright rebellion on your hands.  Frog in boiling water and all that.

      • And in the meantime, they’ve trained an entire nation of Cargo Cultists to believe “the rich” have somehow interdicted the supply line from the Cargo gods and stolen stuff that rightfully belonged to the 99%.

      • “Since the modern manufacturing process is unknown to them, members, leaders, and prophets of the cults maintain that the manufactured goods of the non-native culture have been created by spiritual means, such as through their deities and ancestors, and are intended for the local indigenous people, but that the foreigners have unfairly gained control of these objects through malice or mistake.[3] Thus, a characteristic feature of cargo cults is the belief that spiritual agents will, at some future time, give much valuable cargo and desirable manufactured products to the cult members.[3] Given their relative isolation, the cult participants generally have little knowledge of modern manufacturing and are liable to be skeptical about modern explanations.[
        Seriously, read this explanation from Wiki and replace the native cultists with the ‘educated’ Occupy Wall Street protestors who act like everything originates in the back of whatever store they’re in by some mysterious means that Corporations and “the rich” don’t have anything to do with other than to collect the cash from the poor oppressed of the OWS crowd when they buy the products.
        They’re sitting the midst of cities, largely built by ‘rich’ people and Corporations, on streets created by the same, in parks created by the same, using electronic devices created by the same that were made from raw materials harvested by the same, etc all the way back to the cotton from the plant used to make their jeans.  They act like this stuff just materializes and the Corporations and ‘the rich’ have found a way to subvert the magic materialization that would otherwise happen in the fields and forests into their warehouses and distribution centers.
        And their idea of ‘work’ is the critical study of dance (or drumming, they seem to like drumming a lot).

  • Wow out of all the cartel members in Mexico this guy picks a DEA informant…..that’s some real bad luck.