A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey released Tuesday revealed that only about one-third of likely U.S. voters think the nation is safer than it was when Barack Obama took office.
Now that he is leaving, 39 percent of survey respondents think the country is “a more dangerous place after the Obama years,” Rasmussen reported, and only 32 percent think it is safer. Twenty-six percent think the country is about as safe as it was eight years ago.
The breakdown along party lines is interesting with 54 percent of Democrats thinking the country is safer but only 17 percent of Republicans concurring with that assessment. A whopping 62 percent of Republicans and 42 percent of independents think America is a more dangerous place at the end of Obama’s term.
It’s not just the threat of terrorism that is on everyone’s mind, either.
According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2015, which was released in September, violent crime was up 3.9 percent over 2014.
Then came 2016, for which data will not be available until this fall. Chicago saw a dramatic increase in homicide, the news carried reports of deliberate attacks on police officers in several cities, and the Pulse nightclub slaughter in Orlando — which was apparently inspired by terrorist activity — hardly inspired confidence in public safety.
Obama leaves office on that sour note.
In Las Vegas, where the 39th annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) show is now in full swing, there is an upbeat atmosphere about what lies over the horizon. The firearms industry has had several healthy years under Obama, primarily thanks to public fears over his gun control agenda.
With the threat of a Hillary Clinton presidency being little more than a bad memory, gun makers, retailers and even firearms journalists have a renewed sense of the positive. There is much encouraging talk of new legislation that aimed at national concealed carry reciprocity and removing sound suppressors from regulation under the 1934 National Firearms Act.
It might be said that Obama is leaving the White House on a “positive note.” That is, a lot of people are positive that with a new administration, the future is brighter and the Second Amendment will be safe from a hostile Supreme Court.