While President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and newspaper editorial pages seem hell bent on pushing for a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” public opinion appears to be dramatically tilted in the other direction, with overwhelming opposition.
Reader polls by newspapers in Boise, Denver and Annapolis, plus USA Today and a television station in Hartford all show overwhelming opposition to a ban. President Obama called for reviving the ban during a speech criticizing Republican Donald Trump that some pundits are comparing to a temper tantrum.
During his remarks, Obama exhibited a stubbornness against using the phrase “radical Islamic” when describing the terrorists who have attacked and killed people on U.S. soil over the past seven months. San Bernardino and now Orlando have alarmed the public and made it clear that this administration has not been able to keep the country safe.
Now, almost as a distraction, the president and Mrs. Clinton have both harped on banning semi-auto rifles. However, the public appears to overwhelmingly disagree, if one judges the reactions to polls by the various news agencies. Granted these are unscientific polls, but combined they suggest strong opposition to the president’s demand.
The USA Today poll shows a lopsided 78 percent disagreement with an editorial calling for a ban on semi-auto rifles. In Maryland, the newspaper poll was running 64.5 percent against, 32.3 percent for a ban. In Idaho, opposition had topped 88 percent at last check. The vote in Denver was hovering around 84-85 percent against and 13-14 percent for banning the guns. In Connecticut, a whopping 88 percent of responses were against and 12 percent for a ban.
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