By a sizable majority, Americans do not approve of Barack Obama’s unconstitutional “go-it-alone” gun control attempts.
Almost six in ten voters said the President should not issue executive orders undermining the will of Congress, according to a new Rasmussen poll.
Voters said “the government should only do what the President and Congress agree on when it comes to gun control” and that “additional oversight will not reduce the number of shootings” that Obama claims it will.
In the same poll, more voters oppose additional gun control than support it, by 50 to 45 percent.
Three quarters of Democrats think we need more gun control, while about the same number of Republicans oppose it. The kicker is the “Independents.” 54 percent of unaffiliated voters oppose more gun control.
Most voters have said in surveys since the Newtown school shootings three years ago that the best way to prevent mass shootings is to focus more on the mentally ill rather than on increased gun control.
The president has singled out the National Rifle Association, the country’s leading gun rights organization, as the cause of Congress’ failure to approve additional gun control. But most Americans believe the NRA’s gun policies make this country safer, perhaps in part because they tend to think more gun control will only hurt law-abiding citizens. And while women and younger voters might support more gun control, they still oppose the President’s “go it alone” strategy.
Sixty-three percent of Americans with a gun in their household feel safer because that gun is there. This helps explain the spike in gun sales in recent months.
Only one-third of all voters even think the feds should be responsible for regulating gun ownership. The rest think it’s a responsibility of the states and local jurisdictions.
More than six in ten don’t trust the government to properly enforce the laws already on the books.
But in what might be the most frightening number to come out of this survey: More than one in five believe it would be “good” for America if only the government, military and police were allowed to have guns.
Those folks – 21 percent of Americans – have no idea what they’re talking about.
The poll was conducted Jan. 6-7 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percent.
About Robert Gehl
Robert Gehl is a college professor in Phoenix, Arizona. He has over 15 years journalism experience, including two Associated Press awards. He lives in Glendale with his wife and two young children.