The NRA is an outlier even among gun owners

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

In two public opinion polls released on Monday, it is clear that the NRA is an outlier even among gun owners. Greg Sargent post at The Plum Line:

The NRA represents an extreme worldview. A new Post poll finds
that 65 percent of Americans support banning high capacity magazine
clips; 58 percent support an assault weapons ban; and a whopping 88
percent support closing the gun show loophole.

Also: 89 percent of Republicans support closing that loophole, and 69 percent of Republicans support requiring background checks on those buying gun ammunition.

Meanwhile, a new Pew poll finds solid to overwhelming majorities
support background checks, a federal gun-tracking database, and bans on
assault weapons and high capacity magazine clips. And this:

Majorities of gun owners favor a number of the gun
policy proposals tested in this survey: Fully 90% favor laws to prevent
mentally ill people from buying guns and 85% favor making private gun
sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks. By 60% to
37%, gun owners also favor the creation of a federal government database
to track all gun sales.

It’s going to be very interesting to see how Republicans handle it
when they are challenged to oppose individual common sense proposals
with such broad public support.

Of course, those disturbed individuals who worship guns as idolatry and/or a psycho-sexual fetish will object that majority rule in a democracy is "tyranny," and they will retreat into their man caves with their weapons cache to live out their delusional fantasy of fighting a war with the United States government. "Freedom!"

0 responses to “The NRA is an outlier even among gun owners

  1. The total U.S. adult population is 237,744,633. If 4.2 million of those adults are members of the NRA, that means that 233,544,633 adults are NOT members of the NRA. That is, 98.2 percent of all U.S. adults choose not to join the National Rifle Association. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-01-14/news/bs-ed-guns-letter-20130114_1_nra-national-rifle-association-adults

    Presumably a majority of responsible gun owners who support common sense gun safety regulations are NOT members of the chief lobbyist organization for the merchants of death, including me. Proving a negative (non-membership) is difficult to do since no one keeps numbers for this.

  2. I wonder how many of the 250,000 new NRA members happen to belong to the group you describe?

    quote those disturbed individuals who worship guns as idolatry and/or a psycho-sexual fetish will object that majority rule in a democracy is “tyranny,” and they will retreat into their man caves with their weapons cache to live out their delusional fantasy of fighting a war with the United States government. unquote

    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/01/15/nra-membership-has-grown-by-250000-in-one-month

    I am sure all 469 presumed common sense Arizonans can rely on Rob Barber to do the right thing.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/congressman-ron-barber-take-the-lead-in-congress-to-address-the-epidemic-of-mass-shootings