According to ABC News and the Washington Post, for the first time in twenty years, a majority of Americans oppose a ban on so-called assault weapons. What they mean by “assault weapons” are nothing more than semi-automatic rifles. They operate the same exact way as semi-automatic handguns, but they look “scarier.” The Blaze reported:
According to a new ABC/Washington Post national poll, there is a growing sense that armed citizens could help thwart a “lone wolf” terrorist as confidence in law enforcement’s ability to do so deteriorates.
The poll found that 53 percent of Americans oppose a ban on assault weapons — the most on record, according to ABC.
Only 45 percent do favor such a ban, which is significantly less than the 1994 peak of 80 percent. In 2013, 56 percent of Americans favored such a ban.
The poll also shows that only 22 percent of Americans are confident in the government’s ability to stop a lone wolf attack, and 77 percent of Americans are skeptical. However, 43 percent of Americans do have confidence that the government can thwart a larger scale terrorist attack.
And a plurality of Americans — 47 to 42 percent — believe that prompting citizens to legally carry guns would be a better way to thwart terrorism than a ban or stricter gun control laws.
The poll was conducted Dec. 10-13 — several days after two gunmen opened fire in at a San Bernardino social services center, killing 14 people. The results have a margin of error of +/- 3.5 points.
This is actually quite telling, because the pollsters used the term “assault weapon.” It would be like a pollster asking something like, “Do you support banning black, scary-looking killing machines?” and having participants respond with, “No.” This means that even with the biased terminology, people overwhelmingly aren’t in favor of putting a ban on semi-automatic rifles, no matter how “scary” they look or what negative term they attach to it.
It doesn’t mean that people don’t want them regulated more than other firearms, even though semi-auto rifles are rarely used in the commission of crimes. Handguns are a lot more popular with criminals, but for whatever reason, people are more frightened by the rifles. That’s the power of media propaganda.