A new poll from Rasmussen shows that Americans overwhelmingly want to live in neighborhoods where gun ownership is permitted.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% of Likely U.S. Voters would feel safer living in a neighborhood where nobody was allowed to own a gun over one where they could have a gun for their own protection. Sixty-eight percent (68%) would feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed, while 10% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Yet many of the nation’s largest cities like New York; Chicago; and Washington, D.C. enforce severe limits, amounting to outright bans on gun ownership. I think this can be attributed to what I like to call the “blue disease” – a collection of obsessions and phobias that motivate progressives. I discovered the gun phobia of progressives in discussions with my Berkeley neighbors in the wake of a terrible murder that occurred a few blocks away, in which an unarmed elderly man was assaulted and bludgeoned to death by a mentally deranged man. The murder took some time to accomplish – the perp left the property but came back, during which time the victim’s wife helplessly called the police, who failed to respond in time because they were busy with an Occupy demonstration.
I remarked to several people in the neighborhood that had the victim owned a firearm, he would be alive, which is why I am a proud gun owner. The responses almost universally contained a form of the question: but aren’t you afraid that ____ (you, a child, a family member) will get the gun and use it? The notion that the gun was in a safe where no child could get access did not persuade them, because underlying this was the notion that in a fit of despair, rage, or some other derangement, I was in danger of using the gun to harm myself or my family.