On the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting, a poll run by the government-funded Public Broadcasting Service found efforts led by gun control groups have ultimately failed to convince the American public to surrender their Second Amendment rights.
After buttering up readers with statistics cited by Conn. Gov. Dan Malloy, which claim that “there were 32 percent fewer murders in 2013 than in 2011” in the state due to newly-imposed gun control laws, PBS gives a run down of several of the restrictions that went into effect almost immediately following the shooting, one of which is a blanket no-purchase regulation on people labeled “mentally ill” by health professionals.
“What’s your take?” PBS asked. “Would you support similar policies in your state?”
Even the survey’s pollsters were likely astounded at the overwhelmingly one-sided response they received, which at one point showed that 95% of respondents believe “Laws like this unnecessarily punish lawful gun owners and will do little to prevent mass shootings.”
The poll’s results amount to a huge slap in the face to proponents of gun control and lobbies that spent millions pushing for further infringements on the right to bear arms, but that hasn’t stopped the incident from being used as a poster child to attack guns.
Yesterday it was reported that several of the surviving family members of the Newtown school shooting would be suing firearm manufacturer Bushmaster for selling the AR-15 rifle which suspected shooter Adam Lanza supposedly used during the alleged massacre, a move on par with suing a spoon manufacturer over the nation’s obesity epidemic.
PBS then attempted to rationalize its results in an article entitled, “Two years after Newtown shootings, the NRA won the debate over guns,” a piece which failed to explain how the NRA had anything to do with Americans’ increased support of firearms.
A recent Pew Research Center poll also showed that American support for the Second Amendment and gun rights were at a two decade high.
Clearly efforts by gun control advocates like Michael Bloomberg and his multiple anti-gun sub-groups, and indeed the Obama administration as well, have quite emphatically backfired, instead serving to awaken the public to the demonization campaign being waged against firearms and gun owners.
That an agenda to ultimately strip Americans of firearms is afoot was made clear earlier this year when 50 of Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns broke rank and revealed that “gun confiscation” was the group’s ultimate goal.
“Under the guise of helping mayors facing a crime and drug epidemic, MAIG intended to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens,” the Mayor of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., John C. Tkazyik, penned in an op-ed article, confirming what many already suspected about the organization.
With Republicans recently winning a majority of Congressional seats, it’s even more unlikely that additional firearm restrictions will be passed at the federal level.