Thursday, July 2, 2009

57% Say Gun Sales Up Due To Fear of More Gun Control

57% Say Gun Sales Up Due To Fear of More Gun Control

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Americans say gun sales are up in the United States because of a fear of increased government restriction on gun ownership.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 23% say gun sales have risen because of a fear of increased crime. Twenty-one percent (21%) are not sure.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of men say the threat of more gun control is behind increased sales, compared to 51% of women. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of whites agree, while African-Americans are more closely divided on the question.

Similarly, 65% of Republicans and 66% of those not affiliated with either major political party say gun sales are up due to a fear of increased government restriction. But a plurality of Democrats agrees by just 10 points.

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Seventy-one percent (71%) of Americans believe it is at least somewhat likely that President Obama will seek tougher gun control laws, including 43% who say it is very likely.

In March, 43% of Americans said the United States needed more gun control laws, but 47% disagreed. This marked a slight drop in support for more gun control from last year.

That same month in a separate survey, nearly one-third of Americans (32%) said crime had increased in their communities in the past year, and 72% of those impacted said it was very likely that increase was related to the bad economy.

The Mexican government says guns purchased in the United States are responsible for much of the drug-related violence in Mexico and wants Obama to restrict gun sales in this country. Just 20% of U.S. voters think restricting U.S. gun sales will reduce drug-related violence in Mexico, and 70% disagree and oppose such restrictions.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of Americans believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of an average citizen to own a gun.

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And with that information this is what is circulating (An Example)

A new Rasmussen poll released earlier this week reveals that 57 percent of Americans believe gun sales have skyrocketed in this country over the past several months because of fears that the government – now under control of the Obama administration and a Democrat Congress – will move to restrict gun rights.

Since just before last November’s election that put Barack Obama in the White House and has now finally put Far Left Democrat Al Franken in the U.S. Senate from Minnesota – giving Democrats a 60-seat filibuster-proof majority in the upper house – American citizens have been flocking to gun shops, gun shows and sporting goods stores. They’re stocking up on arms and ammunition, primarily semiautomatic sport-utility rifles and handguns, and home defense shotguns out of concern that ultimately, the anti-gun Nancy Pelosi Congress will move to ban those guns.

Now with Obama’s nomination of anti-gun-rights Judge Sonia Sotomayor for a pending vacancy on the Supreme Court, all bets are off in the gun community. The other day, former NRA President Sandra Froman, a Tucson, AZ attorney urged her fellow gun owners to oppose the Sotomayor nomination. Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, immediately came out swinging in late May when Sotomayor’s nomination was announced.

Sotomayor’s view on the Second Amendment clearly reflects an extreme anti-gun philosophy, and some Democrat senators from pro-gun states are justifiably nervous.

- Sandra Froman

Gottlieb’s forward-thinking rejection of Sotomayor said the nomination affirmed gun owner concerns about the potential of an Obama-Pelosi gun control scheme, and the new Rasmussen poll bears that out. Rasmussen found that 63 percent of American men are concerned about the gun control threat, as are 51 percent of American women. Sixty-five percent of Republicans and 66 percent of non-aligned Americans (those not affiliated with either major party) believe gun sales are up due to the potential of new restrictions.

A whopping 71 percent (the same ratio that rejected Washington State’s insidious Initiative 676 back in 1997) told Rasmussen pollsters that they believe it is “somewhat likely” that Obama will push for tougher gun laws.

Meanwhile, Rasmussen revealed that only 20 percent of U.S. voters think that tighter restrictions on guns in this country will have an impact on the Mexican drug war. The Obama administration and Congressional anti-gunners have tried to capitalize on the drug war to suggest more gun control in this country, claiming that 90 percent of the firearms used by warring drug cartels come from the United States. It’s a lie that has been refuted in this space and by my colleagues repeatedly.

By Paul Martin
“Americans realize that despite all of the campaign rhetoric, Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are waiting for the right moment to spring new gun control measures,” Gottlieb stated. ... -

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