Support For Gun Control Fades

A new Gallup poll shows that the number of Americans who favor tougher gun control laws has dropped to its lowest point in nearly 20 years.

Gallup asked the question, “In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now? Forty-four percent said more strict, 12 percent said less strict, and 43 percent said the laws should be kept as they are now — making for a 55-44 majority opposed to tougher laws.

That 44 percent is the lowest number since Gallup began asking this particular question in 1990. A year ago, in October 2008, 49 percent wanted stricter laws. Four years ago, in October 2005, 57 percent wanted tougher laws. In May 2000, 62 percent favored tougher laws, and in August 1999, 66 percent felt that way. Going farther back, in March 1993, 70 percent favored stricter laws, and in September 1990, 78 percent felt that way.

Gallup also asked respondents whether they believe there should be a law “that would ban the possession of handguns, except by the police and other authorized persons.” Twenty-eight percent said yes, versus 71 percent who said no. That 28 percent who favor a ban is the lowest figure in the 50 years — yes, 50 years — that Gallup has been asking the handgun question. Five years ago, 36 percent of those surveyed favored a handgun ban, and in 1993, 42 percent were in favor. On the flip side, the 71 percent who oppose a handgun ban is the highest that figure has ever been in five decades of polling.

Gallup found that support for more restrictive gun laws has gone down in every sub-group measured — age, sex, race, education, political philosophy, etc. But even with that decline, majorities in some groups still support tougher laws. For example, 59 percent of people in the East support more restrictive laws, as do 55 percent of women, 55 percent of people who have post-graduate education, and 67 percent of people who describe themselves as liberals.


h/t Instapundit

Make what you will of that last paragraph.


Gun and Ammo Sales Still Hot

Start with a president who concerns gun-rights advocates and throw in a pending state bill that would require records be kept for handgun ammunition sales, and it’s easy to understand why gun shops are doing a brisk business.

“Yes, we are benefiting because of an individual I didn’t vote for, nor did anybody I know vote for. It is kind of ironic, isn’t it?” Rich Howell, general manager of Olde West Gun & Loan, said of President Barack Obama’s impact on his business.

Guns and ammunition sales at Howell’s shop in Redding jumped about 50 percent in the first three months of 2009 compared with 2008.

The fevered sale pace has cooled. But business could pick up again as Assembly Bill 962, a bill that directs all California handgun ammunition vendors to keep records of ammunition sales and make them available to law enforcement, moves through the Legislature.

Authored by Assemblyman Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, the bill also would require all handgun ammunition sales to be conducted face-to-face and vendors to be licensed by the Department of Justice.

The Assembly approved the bill 42-31 on June 3. It’s moved to the Senate Public Safety Committee for a hearing later this summer.

“I’m not saying AB 962 and some other aggregate bills simmering in Sacramento don’t put fuel to the fire. They do to a certain extent,” Howell said. “But on the other hand, we have seen a tremendous increase in ammunition sales and gun sales since after the election, and really after the first of the year it took off.”

The state reported that 9,512 guns were sold in Shasta County in 2008, a 3.3 percent increase from the 9,211 that were sold in 2007.

There were 425,244 guns sold in California in 2008, up from 370,628 in 2007, state statistics show.

Shasta County and state gun sales statistics for 2009 weren’t available.

Shopping for handgun ammunition Wednesday at Olde West Gun & Loan, Rene Raak of Douglas City lamented about the difficulty she’s had finding ammunition. Raak had not heard of AB 962.

“Everybody seems to want to grab whatever comes into the gun shop here,” Raak said. “It’s been hard to find even regular bullets like .357 (caliber) – we have been shooting .38s instead. Gosh, it’s harder to find even find .22s. Seems like everybody is buying them off the shelves, like they’re afraid they are not going to be there tomorrow.”

De Leon cites a 2006 RAND study that shows more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition were sold to criminals in a two-month period. Extrapolated statewide, that would mean that more than 500,000 rounds are sold to criminals in gun shops in California every year.

Gun store owners like Patrick Jones of Jones’ Fort in Redding don’t buy it. The bill is simply another infringement on their rights to legally own and use a firearm, Jones said.

“This won’t affect the criminal because they’re not buying guns from us and they don’t buy ammunition from us,” said Jones, who recently went to Sacramento to lobby against AB 962.

What’s happening in California is playing out across the country as concerns grow that the Obama administration will enact new gun-control measures.

“The combined increase in demand for firearms and ammunition is clear and largely being driven by the political concerns of gun owners,” Ted Novin, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said by e-mail from Newtown, Conn.

Ironically, the U.S. House of Representatives in May passed a measure that expanded gun rights, allowing concealed, loaded firearms to be carried in national parks.

The proposal passed 279-147, with overwhelming Republican support and a significant number of Democrats backing the measure.

Novin’s group reported that FBI criminal background checks were up 15.4 percent in May 2009 over May 2008. Federal law requires individuals who purchase firearms from a licensed dealer to get a background check. The checks serve as a gauge of actual sales, Novin said.

Last month’s increase in background checks follows a 30.3 percent increase in April, a 29.2 percent gain in March, and jumps of 23 percent in February and 28 percent in January, the National Shooting Sports Foundation said.

Novin said the demand for ammunition extends across caliber lines, and manufacturers are working at full capacity. Anecdotal evidence suggests those efforts are working and supply is beginning to catch up with demand, Novin added.

Reporter David Benda can be reached at 225-8219 or at


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We Want Your Guns—It Will Be Good For Mexico

What The F*ck  Did He Say?


Holder said that putting the ban back in place would not only be a positive move by the United States, it would help cut down on the flow of guns going across the border into Mexico, which is struggling with heavy violence among drug cartels along the border.
“I think that will have a positive impact in Mexico, at a minimum.” Holder said at a news conference on the arrest of more than 700 people in a drug enforcement crackdown on Mexican drug cartels operating in the U.S.

That’s Eric Holder Attorney General of the United States. He wants to take away your gun rights because Mexico can’t control their drug cartels. Just incredible! This has to be the most blatant gun grab I’ve ever heard of. Take American citizens guns away because it will be good for another country. Where does it stop? These people (Obama’s administration) are not even trying to hide their intent any more. They want you disarmed so they can control you. Socialism first, then what? Whatever they can get away with, however far they can push their agenda. Be afraid, be very afraid.

“Some recent Mexican army and police confrontations with drug cartels have resembled small-unit combat, with cartels employing automatic weapons and grenades,” the warning said. “Large firefights have taken place in many towns and cities across Mexico, but most recently in northern Mexico, including Tijuana, Chihuahua City and Ciudad Juarez.”

Automatic weapons and grenades are already illegal in the United States. Just another excuse to disarm the American Public. Disarm so they can control. A bit more than a month in office and already starting to disarm the public because of a crisis in another country.

h/t Moonbattery


Also: Yes We Can….Ban Guns–Obama

!UPDATE! Pelosi Backpedals. I don’t believe for one minute she doesn’t want to ban guns. I think it was the way Holder said it.

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Gun Control, You Make The Call

I found this video at Velvet Hammer’s site. After you watch it go see what else she has to say, you won’t be disappointed.

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Mumbai Police a Big Failure

Here is a first hand account from the train station in Mumbai. The man telling the story is Sebastian D’Souza, a picture editor at the Mumbai Mirror who heard the first shots fired and ran to the station to document the carnage. As it turns out he had a lot more courage than the police.

A gunman walks at the Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminal railway station in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. Teams of gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular restaurant, hospitals and a crowded train station in coordinated attacks across India's financial capital, killing people, taking Westerners hostage and leaving parts of the city under siege Thursday, police said. A group of suspected Muslim militants claimed responsibility. AP

“I first saw the gunmen outside the station,” Mr D’Souza said. “With their rucksacks and Western clothes they looked like backpackers, not terrorists, but they were very heavily armed and clearly knew how to use their rifles.

“Towards the station entrance, there are a number of bookshops and one of the bookstore owners was trying to close his shop,” he recalled. “The gunmen opened fire and the shopkeeper fell down.”

But what angered Mr D’Souza almost as much were the masses of armed police hiding in the area who simply refused to shoot back. “There were armed policemen hiding all around the station but none of them did anything,” he said. “At one point, I ran up to them and told them to use their weapons. I said, ‘Shoot them, they’re sitting ducks!’ but they just didn’t shoot back.”

As the gunmen fired at policemen taking cover across the street, Mr D’Souza realised a train was pulling into the station unaware of the horror within. “I couldn’t believe it. We rushed to the platform and told everyone to head towards the back of the station. Those who were older and couldn’t run, we told them to stay put.”

The militants returned inside the station and headed towards a rear exit towards Chowpatty Beach. Mr D’Souza added: “I told some policemen the gunmen had moved towards the rear of the station but they refused to follow them. What is the point if having policemen with guns if they refuse to use them? I only wish I had a gun rather than a camera.”

If a few of these people had the right to carry a gun this may have ended fairly quickly.  Guns have been outlawed in India, so the people are sitting ducks. And with the police afraid to shoot the bad guys, there’s little hope for the public. I’m sure glad we have the Second Amendment, for now anyway.

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H/T Swampie

!!Update!! The terrorist in the picture has been captured and is crying like a baby and begging for his life. Pat Dollard has the story

!!!UPDATE #2!!! There’s more from Pat Dollard’s site. !!Warning!! Graphic Images and Video

“Yes We Can . . . Ban Guns”–Obama

Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign slogan, “the audacity of hope,” should have instead been “the audacity of deceit.” After months of telling the American people that he supports the Second Amendment, and only hours after being declared the president-elect, the Obama transition team website announced an agenda taken straight from the anti-gun lobby–four initiatives designed to ban guns and drive law-abiding firearm manufacturers and dealers out of business:


NewsBusters has a story on the scrubbing. Washington Times Has It Now!!! His whole website has been scrubbed.

“Making the expired federal assault weapons ban permanent.” Perhaps no other firearm issue has been more dishonestly portrayed by gun prohibitionists. Notwithstanding their predictions that the ban’s expiration in 2004 would bring about the end of civilization, for the last four years the nation’s murder rate has been lower than anytime since the mid-1960s. Studies for Congress, the Congressional Research Service, the National Institute of Justice, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found no evidence that gun prohibition or gun control reduces crime. Guns that were affected by the ban are used in only a tiny fraction of violent crime-about 35 times as many people are murdered without any sort of firearm (knives, bare hands, etc.), as with “assault weapons.” Obama says that “assault weapons” are machine guns that “belong on foreign battlefields,” but that is a lie; the guns are only semi-automatic, and they are not used by a military force anywhere on the planet.

“Repeal the Tiahrt Amendment.” The amendment–endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police–prohibits the release of federal firearm tracing information to anyone other than a law enforcement agency conducting a bona fide criminal investigation. Anti-gun activists oppose the restriction, because it prevents them from obtaining tracing information and using it in frivolous lawsuits against law-abiding firearm manufacturers. Their lawsuits seek to obtain huge financial judgments against firearm manufacturers when a criminal uses a gun to inflict harm, even though the manufacturers have complied with all applicable laws.

“Closing the gun show loophole.” There is no “loophole.” Under federal law, a firearm dealer must conduct a background check on anyone to whom he sells a gun, regardless of where the sale takes place. A person who is not a dealer may sell a gun from his personal collection without conducting a check. Gun prohibitionists claim that many criminals obtain guns from gun shows, though the most recent federal survey of convicted felons put the figure at only 0.7 percent. They also claim that non-dealers should be required to conduct checks when selling guns at shows, but the legislation they support goes far beyond imposing that lone requirement. In fact, anti-gun members of Congress voted against that limited measure, holding out for a broader bill intended to drive shows out of business.

“Making guns in this country childproof.” “Childproof” is a codeword for a variety of schemes designed to prevent the sale of firearms by imposing impossible or highly expensive design requirements, such as biometric shooter-identification systems. While no one opposes keeping children safe, the fact is that accidental firearm-related deaths among children have decreased 86 percent since 1975, even as the numbers of children and guns have risen dramatically. Today, the chances of a child being killed in a firearm accident are less than one in a million.

Source: NRA-ILA

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