Americans like diversity; it was abundant at recent Gun Rights conference

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A new Rasmussen survey says 52 percent of American adults “believe America’s racial and ethnic diversity is mostly good for the country,” and nowhere could that have been more evident than at the recent Gun Rights Policy Conference in Phoenix, where one look around the room would have included men, women, whites, blacks, gays and straights.

Chicago’s Rhonda Ezell was among the speakers at last weekends Gun Rights Policy Conference, which attracted a diverse audience and speaker roster. (Dave Workman)

The conference, co-sponsored by the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, even included three interesting panel discussions. One panel talked about how culture drives gun politics, another was devoted to women and guns while the third was all about “Growing Gun Rights in LGBTQ and Minority Communities.”

Suffice to say that this year’s conference put the lie to any lingering beliefs that gun owners are all a bunch of old white male conservatives because there was even a representative from the national Liberal Gun Club.

According to Rasmussen, 54 percent of survey respondents live in racially or ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Only 39 percent don’t live in such neighborhoods. But the survey also revealed, “Interestingly, blacks (41%) are less likely than whites (53%) and other minority adults (57%) to see diversity as mostly beneficial for America.”

Investors think diversity is good for the country (59%), and only 17 percent of the respondents think diversity is “mostly a bad thing.”

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Among gun owners, and particularly rights activists, the common belief is that the Second Amendment is color blind. Among the speakers during the weekend event were Rick Ector, founder of Legally Armed in Detroit and Kevin Dixie, owner-operator of No Other Choice Firearms Training, and Rhonda Ezell, the African-American woman who was lead plaintiff in lawsuits against the City of Chicago.

There was also Erin Palette head of Operation Blazing Sword and the Pink Pistols, Piper Smith, founder and director of Armed Equality and Nicole Stallard, a veteran gay gun rights activist.

The survey was conducted among 1,000 adults Sept. 17-18 by Rasmussen Reports. It has a +/- 3 percentage point margin with 95 percent level of confidence.

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