Support for Gun Rights at 20-Year High

The political class has failed to convince the populace to oppose gun rights.

This is bad news for the gun-grabbers. In spite of school shootings, more people are in support of gun rights now than they were 20 years ago. The widely publicized shooting at Sandy Hook was supposed to be the catalyst that would once and for all convince Americans that we need to tax and regulate private gun ownership out of existence.

But that fear instilled in America by the media and government is wearing off. The Washington Times reported:

Support for gun rights is higher than it’s been in decades, according to the latest data from the Pew Research Center that signals a stunning turnaround in how Americans feel about the issue just two years after the Newtown school shooting.

Pew found that 52 percent of Americans say Second Amendment rights are more important than gun control — up 7 percentage points from just after the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 schoolchildren and six faculty dead.

That’s the highest approval rating in two decades, and it’s being driven in part by changing attitudes among black Americans, who are increasingly likely to view guns as good for public safety.

Pew found 54 percent of blacks now say firearms protect people from being victims of crimes, compared to 41 percent who say they are a public safety risk. Just two years ago, only 29 percent of blacks said guns were a public safety boon.

“Over the past two years, blacks’ views on this measure have changed dramatically,” Pew researchers said.

The changes are all the more stunning given the direction the debate appeared to be going two years ago, when 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother, then drove to the elementary school where he fatally shot 26 people, then turned the gun on himself to commit suicide.

So, instead of blaming the usual Southern, white racists who “cling to their guns and religion,” liberal gun control fanatics should blame this trend on black Americans. I wonder how the gun-grabbers are going to spin this. I think it’s time for a new crisis to help bring these black Americans back where they belong.