Democrats' obsession with gun control will not help them win key battleground states, according to new research by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).
The result released on July 20, 2020, shows 57% of voters do believe that a ban on semi-automatic weapons would not help reduce crime while only 33% thought it could. More than half (51%) of the respondents opposed such bans while only about a third (32%) supported the ban.
About a half (48%) believed that reducing the capacity of a magazine to hold ammunition would have no impact or would lead to increased crime. In comparison, 43% thought it would have a significant effect (19%) or a moderate effect (24%). Fifty-six percent (56%) of the respondents said citizens should be able to choose the type or amount of legal ammunition to use while 36% opposed the idea.
When asked about the best solution to crime, the majority of the respondents (41%) said enforcing the current laws would be the answer to crime compared to 38% who said passing new gun control laws would solve the problem. Twenty-one (21%) were unsure or refused to answer.
Regarding firearm ownership reasons, 56% said self-defense was their main reason for owning a firearm, while 22% said hunting. Target shooting and gun collection contributed to 3% and 2% respectively. Eight percent indicated “other uses” while 9% were unsure or refused to answer.
Regarding the change of opinion about the right to bear arms, 36% said the current crisis made them more supportive of the second amendment while 17% became less supportive of gun rights. Close to a half (46%) did not change their opinion.
The NSSF Senior Vice President, Lawrence G. Keane, said that voters preferred being able to purchase firearms that will meet their security needs without government interference.
“The results tell us Americans want their right to purchase the firearm of their choice, especially when it comes to their personal safety,” Kean said. “These results also tell us that enforcing existing laws is a better use of public resources than efforts to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens.”
Pro-gun supporters appear to outnumber the gun control handful in the hotly contested states. Democrats have therefore lost an important item on their campaign agenda. While being pro-gun does not guarantee success in these key battleground states, neither does pushing for more gun control.
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