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Poll: Only 1 in 5 would allow gun confiscation

gun_rack_pickupWND – by Bob Unruh

A new poll indicates only 1 in 5 gun owners would be willing to give up their firearms if the government demanded it.

“In other words, the government has a huge fight on its hands if it tries to implement a gun confiscation program,” said pollster Fritz Wenzel of Wenzel Strategies.  

A surprisingly high percentage of those who call themselves “very liberal” also would not allow their guns to be confiscated, the poll shows.

“Given the deteriorating political climate for President Obama and Democrats on Capitol Hill, it is hard to imagine any such effort gaining significant political support,” he said.

Nearly half of the nation’s households have at least one gun, according to a 2011 Gallup Poll. The 2010 U.S. Census counted nearly 115 million households. Since President Obama took office in 2009, more than 65 million background checks have been conducted on gun purchases.

The scientific telephone survey was conducted March 7-12 and has a margin of error of 2.92 percentage points.

“Among gun owners, 64 percent said they would not relinquish their guns, while 20 percent said they would and another 16 percent of gun owners were unsure on the question,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who has sponsored a bill that would ban certain types of weapons, said in Congress last week, “We cannot allow the carnage … to continue.”

She was speaking on behalf of her Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 before the Senate Judiciary Committee. She invited several witnesses to testify, including Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn, who argued “assault weapons are not built for sportsmen.”

Flynn said that type of weapon is “designed for combat” and must be “restricted.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, thought it was a silly plan.

“We do not need to target … restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens,” he said.

He cited numerous government reports demonstrating that the original “assault weapons” ban was not effective in curbing gun violence.

He said Congress should target criminals rather than the Second Amendment.

As the debate commences at the federal level on restricting private firearm ownership, the battles have already begun at the state level, where Democrats in Missouri and Oregon have introduced legislation to ban “assault weapons.”

In contrast, states such as Wyoming, Texas and Alaska are moving to pass legislation to protect citizens from any federal gun confiscation laws.

According to the Wenzel poll, 36 percent of Democrats and 10 percent of Republicans would give up their guns if ordered. Independents line up with Republicans on the issue.

The breakdown by political persuasion proved interesting. Among “conservatives,” only 9 percent would relinquish their guns while 65 percent would not. Among moderates, 23 percent would give up their guns and 41 percent would refuse. Among “liberals,” 40 percent would yield to the government and 12 percent would refuse.

But for the “very liberal,” while 38 percent would give up their guns, more than 24 percent would refuse.

Nearly 60 percent of men would refuse, as would 35 percent of women. Regionally, 60 percent of Southerners would refuse. Other regions ranged from 41 percent in the Midwest who would refuse to give up their guns to 42 percent in the East and 45 percent in the West.

Blacks, Hispanics and Asians all would be relatively ready to give up weapons, while among whites, only 14 percent said they would.

The poll question was: “There has been a lot of discussion about guns and possible government action to restrict their availability and regulate their use in the wake of the shooting in Connecticut. If the government demanded you surrender your firearms, would you give them up?”

Feinstein hasn’t been consistent regarding guns:

At a U.S. Senate hearing on terrorism after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, she told “a little anecdote” of how she carried concealed to protect herself after two assassination attempts by the New World Liberation Front, the NWLF.

She explained: “I know the sense of helplessness that people feel. I know the urge to arm yourself because that’s what I did. I was trained in firearms. I walked to the hospital when my husband was sick. I carried a concealed weapon and I made the determination if somebody was going to try and take me out, I was going to take them with me.”

Michael Hammond, legislative counsel for Gun Owners of America, asked in an interview with WND, “Do we need any more proof that she is a hypocrite?”

Hammond said Feinstein “has no problem getting Congress to buy armed guards for Capitol Hill.”

“Does she consider herself more precious and more valuable than our children?” he asked.

Feinstein reportedly no longer has her concealed carry permit.

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She championed her private firearm ownership the same year she called for banning “all” firearm ownership.

In an interview with “60 Minutes” in 1995 she said, “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States, for an outright ban, picking up every one of them. Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in, I would have done it.”

See her comments in the “60 Minutes” interview:

See detailed results of survey questions:

“Changing subjects somewhat, there has been a lot of discussion about guns and possible government action to restrict t heir availability and regulate their use in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut. If the government demanded you surrender your firearms, would you give them up?”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/poll-only-1-in-5-would-allow-gun-confiscation/#APjHHqucjbXDATbo.99

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9 Responses to Poll: Only 1 in 5 would allow gun confiscation

  1. NC says:

    “Blacks, Hispanics and Asians all would be relatively ready to give up weapons, while among whites, only 14 percent said they would.”

    BAHAHAAHAHAAHAHAHA!!!! Who did this poll? Do they know where they live? Show me one Black person or one Hispanic person and if asked, I’ll guarantee you they will laugh at the thought of giving up their guns. Go to the inner cities and see how fast you can grab their guns. You’ll be shot out of town before you can even get down the first street.

    This is nothing but more sociological bullshit to try and divide the people of different races against each other. Don’t believe this one for a second. Like Henry says, we are all the same. We are all Americans no matter what race, color, gender, ethnicity, age, religious background, etc. and we all believe in our own individual rights and will stand up to defend them when the time comes.

    Screw the government. Screw their gun confiscations and SCREW THE NWO, THE COMMUNISTS AND THE ZIONIST ELITE!!!

  2. Tom says:

    “Does she consider herself more precious and more valuable than our children?”

    Duh…….. For the Chosenites, the answer to that question is quite explicit, both in their scripture and the continuing public statements of their religious leaders. When they renounce that attitude, I might consider them to finally have joined the human family, but I’m not holding my breath.

  3. NC says:

    “She explained: “I know the sense of helplessness that people feel. I know the urge to arm yourself because that’s what I did. I was trained in firearms. I walked to the hospital when my husband was sick. I carried a concealed weapon and I made the determination if somebody was going to try and take me out, I was going to take them with me.””

    Hmmm…I kinda wished Senator Ted Cruz would have brought that up in the last debate he had with Feinstein a few days ago. I’d love to see her reaction. Maybe she would have felt even more “patronized”.

  4. Jolly Roger says:

    “The scientific telephone survey was conducted March 7-12 and has a margin of error of 2.92 percentage points.”

    This is NOT a scientific poll, because you simply cannot conduct such a thing by telephone.

    How many people would lie on the phone and say “yes, I”ll surrender my guns if they became illegal”, just to make themselves appear to be no threat to the government? How many people would wonder if it wasn’t in fact the local cops making the call? Who is dumb enough to think they have any privacy on the phone or internet?

    When a pollster calls here I usually hang up on them before they finish their question. Does that mean I’m “undecided”?

    It’s NOT a random sampling of the population. It’s only a poll of people who are willing to talk to them in the first place, and it ridiculously assumes they’re going to be honest about such a question with a stranger on the telephone.

    If I ever did talk to these people on the phone, I’d probably tell them “yes, I’d be happy to surrender my firearms if they became illegal”. If they came here to take them it would be a very different story.

    This poll is about as “scientific” as a deck of Tarot cards.

  5. John w. says:

    No we will not surrender our rights under the 2nd. amendment, we as U.S. citizens, regardless of our color. You want a gun free world?. Wait until God’ kingdom arrives on Earth, otherwise, hands off the Constitution. We trust the Government as much as a lamb trusts a lion.

  6. Dave says:

    The numbers who would NOT surrender their arms is much higher since few would acknowledge breaking the law over the telephone to a stranger.

  7. REDHORSE says:

    The government is the two wolves voting on what to have for dinner with a lamb.WE are the well armed lamb contesting the vote.

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