Tuesday, April 3, 2018

"No One Wants to Repeal the Second Amendment"

Among a sea of cries in recent days to repeal the Second Amendment (including a March 27, 2018 New York Times Op Ed by a former Supreme Court justice titled "Repeal the Second Amendment", which followed a refreshingly honest Oct. 5, 2017 editorial titled "Repeal the Second Amendment")  a seemingly equivalent number of people have been declaring that no one wants to repeal the Second Amendment.

I find the cognitive dissonance of this to be frustrating. Clearly some people want to repeal the second amendment. But how many? Is it a substantial number, or a noisy fringe?

A March 27 Washington Post article may have the answer: 1 in 5 Americans polled desire to repeal the second Amendment.

"The poll does, however, show surprisingly robust support for Second Amendment repeal (39 percent) among Democrats (by contrast, 8 percent of Republicans would support a full repeal). Black Americans (30 percent) and Northeasterners (28 percent) also showed relatively high levels of support."
But have heart. This alarming belief held by 21% of adult people capable of voting in our elections might only be because no one knows what the hell they're talking about.
"One caveat is that other polls have shown that many Americans do not know what the Second Amendment is. In 1999, for instance, a Hearst Newspapers poll found that 59 percent of respondents said they did not know the purpose of the Second Amendment."
The statement that no one wants to repeal the Second Amendment is a demonstrable lie. A substantial portion of the population believes that the right which shall not be infringed should instead be obliterated.

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