Bigotry exposed: Poll says 23% of voters say NRA should be ‘terror group’

A stunning Rasmussen poll has revealed that 23 percent of all voters, including 32 percent of Democrats, favor declaring the National Rifle Association a terrorist organization in the community where they live, and 28 percent of Democrats think Americans should be prohibited from belonging to pro-Second Amendment organizations.

Nearly one-fourth of American voters think joining the NRA should be illegal for people, like these citizens who gathered on the capitol steps in Olympia, Wash., last year. (Dave Workman)

The survey results were released Monday by Rasmussen. Possibly more shocking than the revelations about Democrats was the discovery that 14 percent of identified Republicans and 20 percent of independents also favor declaring the NRA a terror group. And 15 percent of Republican respondents agree that it should be illegal for Americans to join such organizations.

It is a revealing look at the social bigotry now existing towards gun owners and the organization representing their interests on Capitol Hill.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted Sept. 5 and 8 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.
This survey result comes on the heels of recent news that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution declaring the NRA a “domestic terrorist organization.” Reaction to that report in Ammoland News was heavy, and uniformly negative.

On the good news side, a plurality (47 percent) of voters believes NRA members are “less likely to commit” a crime involving a firearm, while 13 percent think NRA members are more likely. Twenty-eight percent think NRA members are as likely as non-members to commit a crime with a gun.

This survey comes as Congress returned to Capitol Hill to consider a raft of gun control measures just over a month after two high-profile shootings—in El Paso and Dayton—and an earlier mass shooting in California.

The startling Rasmussen survey results suggest efforts by anti-gunners and some in the media to demonize the NRA and other gun rights organizations has been at least partly successful. These anti-NRA types vote, and with guns almost guaranteed to be a campaign issue moving into 2020, rhetoric on the Second Amendment and gun rights could become intense.

In the meantime, with Congress back on Capitol Hill, anti-gunners have some polling data to back up their demands for more restrictive gun laws. According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll, 81 percent of Democrats support a ban on so-called “assault weapons.” Fifty-five percent of independents and 33 percent of Republicans agree.

Shooters in the four summer incidents all used semi-auto rifles or pistols, and one man who launched a deadly rampage in Midland and Odessa, Tex., acquired his gun via a private sale so there was no background check. Anti-gunners are exploiting that fact to push their universal background check demand.


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