Support for Gun Control Falls Among Young People, Hispanics
New polling reveals that two demographics crucial to the Democrat Party are shifting their views away from support for gun control.
The preference for enacting new gun laws aimed at reducing firearm violence has dropped by 7 percent overall since the last corresponding survey was conducted in April 2018. Percentage drops were seen in nearly every demographic divide. In that time period, 20 percent of Hispanics pulled back from supporting new gun laws, falling to 50 percent. An increase in rural Americans also now say they want no new gun restrictions, down 17 points to 30 percent.
People aged between 18-29 have also seen their support for gun control fall off, most specifically when it comes to “red flag laws” and magazine capacity limits. That demographic showed 65% support for those restrictions just three years ago, but today only 45% of young Americans still support such laws.
The poll comes at an inconvenient time for the Biden administration, who has made a renewed push for gun control in the wake of multiple high-profile shootings this year.
“Nothing I’m about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment,” Biden said of his gun control plans last month. “These are phony arguments suggesting that these are Second Amendment rights at stake from what we’re talking about.”
“But no amendment to the Constitution is absolute … From the very beginning, you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to own. From the very beginning the Second Amendment existed, certain people weren’t allowed to have weapons,” Biden continued. “So the idea is just bizarre to suggest that some of the things we’re recommending are contrary to the Constitution.”
The president even specifically called on Congress to pass a “red flag” law, despite polling showing tumbling support for such a measure.
“Congress should also pass an appropriate national ‘red flag’ law, as well as legislation incentivizing states to pass ‘red flag’ laws of their own,” a statement from the White House said.
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