Poll: Vast Majority in U.S. Support Concealed Carry, Self Defense
by Alex Newman
anti-gun zealots exploitation of Trayvon Martins
now-infamous killing in late February, a
new survey revealed that the vast majority of Americans continue
to support the use of deadly force if needed in self-defense
even outside of the home. Laws permitting the carrying of concealed
weapons have overwhelming public support as well, according to the
Ipsos/Reuters poll released last week.
87 percent of respondents including 85 percent of self-described
Democrats said they support laws allowing citizens to use
deadly force to protect themselves from danger in their own homes.
Less than 10 percent opposed such laws. In public places, more than
two thirds said the law should allow people to protect themselves
from danger with deadly force.
have always thought in this country that they have the right to
defend themselves from danger or from harm, Ipsos pollster
Chris Jackson told The New American in a phone interview.
We still see that even in public places
force if necessary.
When it comes
to allowing citizens to bear arms, 75 percent of those surveyed
support laws to permit concealed carry of weapons. Even 72 percent
of self-identified Democrats expressed support for gun-rights on
the issue. One reason for the results might be the realization that
police cannot stop all crime: according to the poll, almost everybody
of the Second Amendment celebrated the survey findings, but the
impressive collection of data was barely noticed by the press. Reuters,
which commissioned the survey, did produce one article dealing with
For the most
part, however, the establishment media completely failed to report
the findings possibly because they so obviously clashed with
the incessant repetition of words like controversial
before almost every mention of Floridas popular self-defense
laws. Reuters used the same adjective as well, again and again.
2005 Florida law grants immunity to people who use deadly force
in self defense," claimed Andrew Longstreth in an April 4 "analysis"
for Reuters, for example. And a Reuters reporter wrote on March
23: The shakeup at the state level was more surprising as
Gov. Rick Scott [pictured above]
formed a task force to review
Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law.
however, the law was not quite as controversial as Reuters and other
media would have liked readers to believe. Still, analysts are not
expecting corrections any time soon. And the press was hardly alone
in seeking to manufacture controversy where no real debate truly
existed. Fueled by largely irrelevant anti-gun extremists, political
opportunists and politicians participated in the hysteria, too.
After the shooting
of Martin attracted national attention, anti-Second Amendment activists
even tried to pin the blame on the NRA. This tragic shooting
represents the National Rifle Association's vision for America,
claimed Brady Campaign boss Dan Gross in a statement trying to score
cheap political points by exploiting a tragedy. Another Brady executive,
Vice President Dennis Henigan, said: "We have called Florida
the NRA's armed utopia."
But based on
the recent poll results, the demonization strategy has been a spectacular
failure. More than two thirds of those surveyed held a favorable
view of the National Rifle Association (NRA) including about
55 percent of Democrats.
of how others try to distort our position, the general public knows
where we stand," NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam was quoted
as saying. "It shows the failure of the continuing efforts
of many to try and discredit the National Rifle Association."
efforts to link strong protections of gun rights and self-defense
laws to violence and crime have accelerated. After the fatal shooting
in Florida, anti-gun activists or victim-disarmament advocates,
as they are known among critics repeatedly attempted to blame
the states relatively looser restrictions for the killing.
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