We have a president that loves to give speeches. And after any shooting he rushes to blame gun owners and the NRA instead of the ones who actually carried out the act. Well, it looks like Americans are tired of speeches and have little trust in gun control to make them feel safer.
After 20 years of polling on this issue, the ABC News/Washington Post poll has found that more Americans than ever before are against the so-called “assault weapons” ban. In fact, it’s now a majority of Americans that oppose the ban.
According to ABC News, American citizens have little trust in the government to be able to stop “lone-wolf” attacks and would rather have an armed citizenry to be able to stop terrorist attacks.
Just 45 percent in this national survey favor an assault weapons ban, down 11 percentage points from an ABC/Post poll in 2013 and down from a peak of 80 percent in 1994. Fifty-three percent oppose such a ban, the most on record.
This ABC chart shows the shift in the last 20 years:
It looks like more Americans are rejecting the anti-protectionist view that says more gun laws will stop terrorist attacks. And it’s not surprising that there is very little trust in the government to protect us.
Indeed, while the division is a close one, Americans by 47-42 percent think that encouraging more people to carry guns legally is a better response to terrorism than enacting stricter gun control laws. Divisions across groups are vast, underscoring the nation’s gulf on gun issues.
There’s lopsided agreement on another concern: Just 22 percent express confidence in the government’s ability to prevent lone-wolf terrorist attacks, with 77 percent skeptical about it. Confidence in the government’s ability to stop a large-scale organized terrorist attack is much higher, albeit still well short of a majority -– 43 percent.