One of the most common yet outrageous claims that you hear from anti-gun pundits is that “most responsible gun owners” oppose the National Rifle Association’s agenda. But a new poll from Pew Research Center yields a resounding demonstration that the organization exists well within the nation’s mainstream.
The Washington Free Beacon highlights the publication of the Pew poll, which examines attitudes of different demographics toward the NRA’s influence over the nation’s gun laws. Notably, the research reveals that 15 percent of Americans believe the NRA has too little influence, while 40 percent think it has the right amount—a combined total of 55 percent, a clear majority. Out of self-proclaimed NRA members, this combined total is a staggering 91 percent.The poll also reveals that 19 percent of gun owners identify as members of the NRA, more than those who claim membership in a shooting club/gun range or hunting club. From where we’re sitting, it looks like gun owners—and Americans overall—are quite content with the NRA’s diligent work to safeguard Second Amendment freedoms.