NRA: Hillary Pushes Semi-Auto Ban as Public Rejects Gun Bans in Record Numbers

Hillary Clinton wearing a blue dress pointing into the crowd

This article continues the NRA’s coverage of the upcoming presidential election and Hillary Clinton’s campaign against the Second Amendment, ‘high capacity’ magazines, and semiautomatic firearms. Here is the full release from the NRA: Hillary Clinton has made clear that she would make gun control a top priority of her presidency, and has pointed to a new ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms as one of her chief goals. At a June 17, 2014 CNN “town hall” event, Clinton was asked, “Do you think that reinstating the ban on assault weapons and banning high capacity magazines would do any good?” Clinton affirmed her support for a ban, and stated, “We cannot let a minority of people—and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people—hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.” Clinton’s team might want to rework this line of attack, as a Gallup poll released this week shows that a record number, and a majority, of Americans oppose a ban on popular semi-automatic firearms.

Hillary Clinton wearing a blue dress pointing into the crowd In a poll conducted October 5-9, Gallup asked 1,017 adults, “Are you for or against a law which would make it illegal to manufacture, sell, or possess semi-automatic guns known as assault rifles?” An overwhelming 61 percent of respondents answered that they were against such a ban, while a mere 36 percent support the restriction.

Gallup began asking this question in 1996, and has done so several times in the last two decades. The trend in favor of greater respect for gun rights is undeniable. Since 1996, support for a ban has dropped more than 20 points and opposition has risen 19 points.

Moreover, Gallup’s data shows support for a ban has fallen across both major political parties and independents. Gallup points out, “Currently, 50% of Democrats and 25% of Republicans favor a ban; in 1996, 63% of Democrats and 50% of Republicans did so.” Additionally, support for a ban is well below 50 percent in both gun-owning and non-gun-owning households.

In addition to the question about semi-automatic firearms, Gallup also asked respondents, “Do you think there should or should not be a law that would ban the possession of handguns, except by the police and other authorized persons?” As with commonly-owned semiautomatics, the results reveal that Americans are opposed to a handgun ban in record numbers. In the 1980s and early 1990s Gallup measured support for a handgun ban at around 40 percent. Today, only 23 percent support this restriction.

While Clinton might like use incendiary rhetoric that labels gun rights supporters as a minority that “terrorizes” the majority of Americans, in fact it’s her support for gun bans that is extreme. We’d ask Clinton to stick to the truth, if she were familiar with the concept.

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Comments (3)

  1. I’m glad we regularly hear from the NRA and others about Hillary Clinton’s authoritarian proclivities. I never forget and I never wobble in my complete and total support the 2nd Amendment as an individual right to keep and bear arms. Bear arms means to carry with you on your person. Shall not be infringed means the Federal government cannot, legally, impose restrictions. Whether I or you like it or not the 1934 Nation Firearms Act is illegal under the Constitution of the United States. Similarly, licensing to carry, magazine capacity limits, limiting or banning specific types of firearms such as semi-automatic pistols or rifles of any kind are all illegal.

    We are where we are because of the tacit approval or ‘looking away’ from Supreme Court rulings that that turned the Constitution into the oft bandied about “living breathing” document. Living breathing simply means that whatever you want it to say, it says. The word marriage isn’t in there, abortion isn’t in there. It does not matter whether you are for “choice” or if you think your cat should be able to legally marry your dog, the Constitution does not give the Federal government unlimited authority over ever last spec of our lives.

  2. “We cannot let a minority of people—and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people—hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.”

    With that opinion, why doesn’t she advocate more be done to eliminate radical Islam?

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