Liberals are losing the battle to disarm America.
A recent Pew Research Center poll reveals support for the Second Amendment and gun ownership is at a two decade high.
“Currently, 52% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, while 46% say it is more important to control gun ownership,” the Washington, DC based think tank reports.
“Support for gun rights has edged up from earlier this year, and marks a substantial shift in attitudes since shortly after the Newtown school shootings, which occurred two years ago this Sunday.”
Respondents say gun ownership does more to protect people than put them at risk.
Predictably, the issue breaks down along partisan political lines. Most Democrats (69%) say controlling the private ownership of guns is more important than the right to protection (28%).
“Liberal Democrats, in particular, prioritize controlling gun ownership (81% say this, while just 14% say protecting gun rights is more important),” Pew notes.
Despite widespread support for the Second Amendment, Democrats in Congress have renewed their push for gun control legislation.
On Tuesday a handful of Democrats, including House Democrat Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, called for legislation strengthening background check regulations.
"When you don’t pass background checks, it’s just much more likely that someone will get their hands on an illegal gun and use it to kill their neighbors or their classmates,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).
The outgoing Congress failed to pass additional gun legislation. A background check law introduced by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) failed to gain traction in the Democrat controlled Senate.
New legislation is unlikely in a Republican controlled Congress that will convene on January 3, 2015.
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