A new Rasmussen Reports survey released Monday had a shocking revelation: 29 percent of American adults favor repealing the Second Amendment only days after a retired U.S. Supreme Court justice advocated against the right to keep and bear arms.
According to Rasmussen, which conducted a nationwide survey of 1,000 adults March 27-28, 56 percent of the respondents oppose repeal and 15 percent are “undecided.” This might assure gun owners that they are safe, but that’s an alarming percentage of American adults who want to be rid of one-tenth of the Bill of Rights, and just over 14 percent who aren’t sure one way or the other.
Digging into the poll results, one finds that “Democrats (63%) are less convinced than Republicans (82%) and those not affiliated with either major political party (74%) that Americans have a constitutional right to own a gun. This helps explain why 69% of Republicans and 59% of unaffiliateds oppose repeal of the Second Amendment, but Democrats are evenly divided on the question,” Rasmussen said.
Last Friday, Jonah Goldberg, writing in National Review, suggested that retired Associate Justice John Paul Stevens actually did the country a favor by advocating the Second Amendment’s repeal.
“I applaud Stevens’ essay for several reasons,” Goldberg wrote, “but chiefly because it is honest. Gun-control proponents often say they favor ‘reasonable’ or ‘commonsense’ measures. And sometimes that’s true. But gun-rights proponents have a reasonable and commonsense suspicion that the real goal is to do away with most or all gun rights entirely.”
Those gun advocates might be right. After all, if the real goal was only to reduce crime, why would anti-gunners continually conceal their true intent by talking about “gun reform” or “gun safety measures” when they are really talking about “gun control?”
“A few years ago, The New York Times ran its first front-page editorial in nearly a century, arguing not for reasonable and commonsense gun reforms but that large categories of weapons should be ‘outlawed for civilian ownership’ and confiscated from those who already own them.
“The Times praised the gun-control policies of Europe, which are, fair to say, not compatible with most readings of the Second Amendment.”—Jonah Goldberg, National Review
And why would the gun control lobby battle to ban entire classes of firearms? First it was handguns and now it is the so-called “assault rifle.” That’s gun prohibition, and it doesn’t get any plainer than that.
As Goldberg observed, “Stevens’ argument cuts through all of the fictions and double talk and says plainly what millions of Americans and lots of politicians and journalists truly believe: Law-abiding citizens shouldn’t be able to buy guns easily, or at all, if it makes it easier or even possible for non-law-abiding citizens to get their hands on them.”
What seems appalling to some in the Second Amendment community is that so many people, and specifically so many Democrats, cling stubbornly to the notion that the Second Amendment does not mean what it says, and that the Supreme Court was wrong twice in the last ten years. If these people are so willing to disregard one guaranteed right protected by the Bill of Rights, what else would they so easily discard? Free speech, perhaps, or freedom of the press, or how about the right against self-incrimination; what else would be on the chopping block?