Magazine article The New American

Assault Weapons Ban Support at Lowest Level Ever

Magazine article The New American

Assault Weapons Ban Support at Lowest Level Ever

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Poll results released on October 26 by Gallup confirm the trend toward the acceptance of the freedom to own guns and support of the Second Amendment. Sixteen years ago, 59 percent of those polled favored "a law which would make it illegal to manufacture, sell or possess semi-automatic guns known as assault rifles," while just 39 percent were opposed. Today those numbers have flipped: Just 36 percent support a ban, while 61 percent of those polled oppose it.

Even those polled who don't have a gun in their home oppose such a ban. Most surprisingly, however, is that support for such a ban has dropped even among those most likely to support one: Democrats. In the year 2000, 63 percent of Democrats supported such a ban, while today just 50 percent do. Wrote Art Swift for Gallup: "It is striking--and unusual--that fewer Democrats than ever support an assault weapons ban, since the Democratic Party has been instrumental in pushing for stricter gun laws. …

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