A new Rasmussen Reports survey released this morning reveals that 64 percent of Democrats think it “is too easy to buy a gun in the United States” but only 28 percent of identified Republicans agree and just 36 percent of unaffiliated citizens believe it is too easy.
Rasmussen Reports said that law-abiding Americans “are buying guns at a record pace, and most tell us it’s for self-defense.” The survey of 1,000 American adults was conducted April 11-12 with a plus/minus factor of 3 percentage points and a 95 percent level of confidence. Field work was done for Rasmussen by Pulse Opinion Research LLC.
Almost as a follow-up to yesterday’s report about NPR’s question whether people felt safer if they carried a gun, Rasmussen’s story this morning noted that 63 percent of Americans with a gun in their home said they felt safer.
This comes on the heels of an embarrassing development for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton. Yesterday, she was hit with a “Three Pinocchio” slap down by the Washington Post Fact Checker over her intimation that Vermont was a major source of crime-related guns recovered in New York. Vermont is represented in the U.S. Senate by rival Bernie Sanders, and the New York primary is next Tuesday. Clinton has made gun control a cornerstone of her campaign, and she’s hitting Sanders hard after he has won all but one of the recent Democrat state primaries and caucuses.
What, exactly, did Clinton say to get the attention of the WaPo Fact Checker? She told a round table audience Monday that Vermont produced the “highest per capita” volume of crime guns recovered in New York.
But the Fact Checker nailed that claim to the floor, observing, “Clinton has carefully crafted her talking point to find the particular government data that support her point, which gives a wildly different view than how trafficking flows are tracked. We do not find the per capita measure as a fair assessment of gun flows from Vermont into New York. The difference between this point using per capita calculation and the raw number…is so stark that it creates a significantly misleading impression to the public.”
Just hours after the Fact Checker chastised Clinton, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms hammered her with a statement from Chairman Alan Gottlieb. The statement hit a nerve with CCRKBA members and supporters on the group’s Facebook page.
“From her tale of landing under fire from snipers to her email controversy, Hillary Clinton has created an aura of dishonesty,” Gottlieb stated. “She crafted this meme to discredit rival Bernie Sanders, who represents Vermont in the Senate. It is dishonest and it reminds people why a Washington Post/ABC News poll last month said 57 percent of the people don’t think she is honest or trustworthy.
“New Yorkers should think about this as their primary looms next week,” he said. “This is the kind of political sleight of hand that one expects from a person who could not say for sure if she’s ever lied to the American people.”
Voters in and beyond New York might also pay attention to the Rasmussen revelation about how a majority of Democrats believe it is “too easy” to buy a gun in this country. Democrats have become known as “the party of gun control” by earning that dubious distinction through their words and actions. That Clinton has emphasized gun control in her campaign may have hurt her in places like Alaska, Washington state and Wisconsin; all states won by Sanders.
What all of this really suggests is that Clinton is so far out in the weeds in her anti-gun extremism that even the Washington Post Fact Checker is compelled to rein her in. And the Rasmussen survey shows that she and her party think Americans should have a tougher time exercising a constitutionally-protected civil right.
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