October 21, 2015

This INSANE Argument Is Why Liberals Think They Can Gut 2nd Amendment

When gun-control advocate Adam Winkler says the NRA’s support is about to collapse, he’s thinking like a five-year-old. Literally. My five year old.
Standing up against the wall in our kitchen, my daughter Vera found out she grew an inch in only a few short months.
“You’re growing fast!” I told her. “What a big girl!”
“Will I be as big as a house, Daddy?”

I had to explain to her that things change. Rates of growth are not static, I told her. She won’t grow forever.
I should have a chat with Winkler.
Using data that shows minorities and urban voters are less likely to support gun rights, the UCLA professor suggests that eventually the NRA will “fall.” That such a decline in popularity is “inevitable.”
Support for, and opposition to, gun control is closely associated with several demographic characteristics, including race, level of education and whether one lives in a city. Nearly all are trending forcefully against the NRA.
The core of the NRA’s support comes from white, rural and relatively less educated voters. This demographic is currently influential in politics but clearly on the wane.
Of course, that’s laughable nonsense.
As points out, the fastest growth in gun ownership is among blacks and young, urban, educated women.
Support for gun rights has skyrocketed among minorities and now more than half of African Americans support gun rights.
Blacks have radically changed their minds on gun control in the past two years, with 54-percent of blacks now seeing gun ownership as a good thing, up from 29 percent in 2013. In many parts of the nation, minority gun ownership and concealed carry permit applications are rising even as concealed carrying is slowing (but still rising) among whites.
Many of the “people of color” that Professor Winkler cites are first- or second-generation immigrants, coming from countries that don’t cherish the right of self-defense. As they become acculturated and assimilated, their views on gun ownership will change. Ideas change, things change, Professor Winkler.

Put bluntly, Winkler and his allies are making their push for gun control based on data and methodologies that appear to be woefully out of data, and not coming close to matching actual trends.
This, folks, is why so many people and groups we’ve talked to are utterly thrilled that anti-gun Democrats are making a head-on assault on the Second Amendment.
Our better data suggests that the anti-gun left’s naked assault on the Second Amendment is electoral suicide.
My daughter understands now, Professor Winkler. Do you?

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