A new Fox poll shows Americans’ attitudes about terrorism and guns are changing.
Compared to respondents in 2010, 5 percent fewer Americans feel the U.S. is winning the war on terrorism. Eighty-four percent believe most Americans feel more nervous than confident with regards to our ability to stop terrorist attacks, with only 1 in 10 saying they are feeling more confident than nervous.
Consequently, Americans are feeling a growing responsibility to defend themselves against the possibility of a terrorist attack—respondents were more likely to say encouraging more citizens to carry would increase safety than would make us less safe.
Moreover, 47 percent said there would be fewer mass shooting victims if more people carried guns, versus 39 percent who favored banning them. So it’s no surprise that a similar margin (40-33) said their reaction after a mass shooting was, “I need to get a gun,” as opposed to, “The country has got to get rid of guns.”
NRA Debuts Pro-Trump TV Commercial
The NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) launched its first television commercial of the presidential election cycle Wednesday in support of Donald Trump. The 30-second ad features Mark “Oz” Geist, a Marine Corps veteran and CIA security contractor who led the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 that saved the lives of 25 people. Four Americans died in the terrorist attack.
“Hillary as president?” Geist asks in the TV ad. “No thanks. I served in Benghazi, my friends didn’t make it.” The commercial ends with a “Stop Hillary now” message.
“We cannot trust Hillary Clinton with our gun rights or our national security," said NRA-PVF chair Chris W. Cox. He promised the NRA will help “ensure that voters understand the consequences of a Hillary Clinton presidency.”
NRA’s $2 million national ad buy will run in key battleground states, including Colorado, Ohio, Nevada, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maine. Watch the spot here.
As Firearm Sales Break Record After Record, Fewer Americans Admit Owning Guns
In a survey conducted soon after the Orlando terrorist murders, CBS News says only 36 percent of respondents reported living in gun-owning households, the lowest figure reported by CBS since 1978 and nearly 10 percentage points down just from 2012.
While anti-gun media and lobbying groups point to this factoid as “evidence” that gun ownership is plummeting, it more likely means that Americans are simply keeping their Second Amendment rights closer to the vest. After all, with the FBI reporting over 150 million gun-purchaser NICS checks since 2000—and over 50 million just since 2012—the notion that Americans by the tens of millions are giving up their guns defies belief.
Even if CBS didn’t ask some loaded question to skew their results, Americans may simply not care to admit to a stranger on the phone that they own a gun, any more than they would report keeping quantities of cash or jewelry in the home. Can you blame them?
HuffPo's "Gun Guy" Says Banning Guns Won’t Make Any Difference, But Blames Them Anyway
HuffPo’s anti-gun “gun guy” speculated Wednesday that confiscating guns would have little effect on the rates of suicide, accidents and crime … but blamed guns anyway.
In summation, Mike Weisser wrote, “More than 30,000 people die and another 70,000-plus are injured each year because Americans have free access to something they really don’t need … It comes down to a moral imperative which says that we should not sanction the use of violence in the ordinary course of human affairs—neither violence towards ourselves or towards anyone else.”
This is strange reasoning from a self-described “gun nut” who professes to own more firearms than he can count. If banning guns wouldn’t make a difference, how can he blame them? Does he equate lawful self-defense with suicide and murder? Just who does he think is “sanctioning” violence? If banning guns is a good idea, why does he own so many?
Isn’t it more likely that this is the kind of thinking that separates those who truly seek answers from those who merely seek attention?
Armed Citizen Saves Clerk During Robbery
An armed citizen stopped an armed robbery at a Detroit convenience store earlier this week, possibly saving the life of the store clerk in the process.
According to local police, a robber armed with a knife had grabbed a female store clerk, threatened to kill her, grabbed some items and forced her to leave the scene with him. As they exited the store, a customer determined the store was being robbed and retrieved his handgun from his vehicle, confronted the robber and fired several shots, striking him once in the torso.
The robber later died of the wound. No charges are expected against the armed citizen who saved the clerk.