How A Conservative Thinks

Two-out-of-three Americans recognize that their constitutional right to own a gun was intended to ensure their freedom. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of American Adults think the purpose of the Second Amendment is to make sure that people are able to protect themselves from tyranny. Only 17% disagree, while another 18% are not sure. (To see survey question wording,click here .) Not surprisingly, 72% of those with a gun in their family regard the Second Amendment as a protection against tyranny.

However, even a majority (57%) of those without a gun in their home hold that view. Many gun control advocates talk of the right to gun ownership as relating to hunting and recreational uses only. While there are often wide partisan differences of opinion on gun-related issues, even 54% of Democrats agree with 75% of Republicans and 68% of those not affiliated with either…

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