Well, this can’t be comforting for Democrat Gun Grabbers.  Scott Rasmussen has some news that will keep liberals up at night:

Forty-eight percent (48%) of Americans believe that the right to own guns is essential to their own sense of freedom. At the other end of the spectrum, the Pew Research Center found 19% who believe such a right is not important. In between are 33% who view the right to gun ownership as important but not essential.[1]

The right to carry a gun was codified in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. However, like the other items in the Bill of Rights, it was not created by the Second Amendment but predated the Constitution itself.[2] In addition to hunting, gun ownership was seen as a means self-defense, including defense against an unjust government.

The 19% who consider the right to gun ownership to be unimportant represent a much higher level of resistance than can be found for other foundational rights.

Only 1% consider freedom of speech unimportant. Ninety-two percent (92%) of Americans view it as essential to their own sense of freedom. Despite this overall support, 33% of colleges “maintain severely restrictive, ‘red light’ speech codes that clearly and substantially prohibit constitutionally protected speech.” Additionally, protests have caused 37 speakers to be disinvited from campuses over the past three years.

That’s great news, especially when you add together the number of Americans believe who the right to own guns is “essential” and those who also believe it is “important.” That’s a whopping 81%.

I know there is a lot of bad news out there, but this is a truly inspirational data point for freedom and liberty.


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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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