A recent nationwide poll reveals that now under the anti-gun Biden administration, 10% less Americans support gun control laws than they did in 2018.
“While a majority of Americans continue to favor stricter gun laws, support has declined over the past two to three years,” the latest USA Today/Ipsos poll divulged after questioning more than 1,000 Americans nationwide.
“Currently, 65% of Americans believe gun laws should be more strict than they are today, compared to 72% in 2019 and 75% in 2018.”
A deeply partisan issue
The leaning toward revoking Americans’ Second Amendment right is overwhelmingly from the left, as President Joe Biden and Democrats continue to not let a crisis go to waste in the wake of the two mass shootings by touting stricter gun control laws. But even so, more Americans are not buying it.
“Since 2019, the partisan gap on this question has widened significantly, [and] now, 90% of Democrats favor stricter gun laws compared to just 35% of Republicans,” Ipsos explained. “Over the past two years, Democrats’ and Independents’ views have remained steady, [while] Republican support for stricter gun laws, on the other hand, has dropped nearly 20 points [from 54%] in that time frame.”
Ipsos President Cliff Young pointed out the polarizing of this issue, indicating that conservatives are much less prone to jumping on board with Democrats and the mainstream media when it pulls out the race card when trying to place the blame for mass shootings.
“This is much more about a shift in the Republican base, and their leadership, than about the issue itself,” Young said, according to USA Today. “In these highly tribalized times, cues from leadership become especially important in how the public forms their stance around issues. The partisan cuing around gun reforms has changed among Republican leadership, and the Republican base has followed suit.”
While less than half of gun owners (47%) back stricter gun laws, three-fourths (75%) of Americans not owning guns want more restrictions, with a large majority approving more background checks.
“Sixty-one percent of Americans say the U.S. Senate should pass increased background check bills that have already been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, including 55% of gun owners,” Ipsos’ statistics show.
The partisan divide persists, with twice as many Democrats (82%) wanting the Senate to take gun control action than Republicans (40%), with Independents in the middle (62%), and Ipsos notes that this gap has increased over the years, with 17% more Republicans opposing such action since 2019.
While a constant 73% of Americans surveyed have blamed mass shootings on the mental health system over the past two years, less are now on board with believing what the Democrats blame for such killings.
“Sixty-one percent agree when it comes to [blaming] racism and white nationalism [for mass shootings] (down from 69%), and 57% hold loose gun laws responsible (down from 67%),” Ipsos noted. “Democrats are significantly more likely than Republicans to blame gun manufacturers and the NRA, racism and white nationalism, loose gun laws, Donald Trump, and Republicans in Congress. Republicans, on the other hand, point to Democrats in Congress and President Joe Biden.”
Gun rights fading away?
With many conservatives fearing radical left policies and laws over the next four years of the Biden administration – especially after Democrats gained Senate seats allowing Vice President Kamala Harris to break a tie and with a Democrat-led House – the judicial system also appears to be leaning left when it comes to gun rights.
“Second Amendment supporters were dealt a judicial blow on Wednesday when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that gun rights effectively ended when a person left their property and entered into the public,” TheBlaze reported.
However, despite the Democrats’ advantage, it is stressed that the radical left will have a difficult time forwarding its agenda of getting more control – as it has to deal with the system of checks and balances.
“Although the Senate is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, new gun control measures would need 60 votes to break a filibuster – an unlikely outcome,” the report added.
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