American Rifleman - October 2009 - (Page 60)

Special feature zogby poll By James O.E. Norell Contributing Editor, America’s 1st Freedom The Mayor vs. The People ollowing U.S. Senate action temporarily halting progress on an amendment to create national Right-to-Carry reciprocity, The Washington Post described the present and future gun-ban war as “being the stare down between the National Rifle Association and Michael Bloomberg. Behemoth vs. behemoth. “They’ve got 4 million followers. “He’s got 16 billion simoleons.” The Post was right about Bloomberg —the 17th richest man in the world— but fell short about the people whose freedom Bloomberg has chosen to attack. His target goes way beyond the membership of the NRA to the majority F is a sampling: 80 percent for Democrats; 83 percent for young voters 18 to 29 years old; 80 percent for Hispanic voters; 80 percent for Obama voters. This finding is no surprise to the NRA or to grassroots leaders who have worked during the past 22 years to enact Right-to-Carry laws by large margins in legislatures across the country. Florida’s enactment of its landmark shall-issue Right-to-Carry statute in 1987 should have given the anti-self defense forces a clue. Immensely popular with the general public, it passed the Florida Senate by a unanimous vote. The same broad support is seen in recent enactment of stand-your-ground "Gun control" is morphing into a fight between the billionaire mayor of New York who bought and paid for his own election with $150 million in pocket money—and a majority of the American people, not just the members of the NRA. of American voters, who share the deepseated principles protected by the NRA. “Gun control” is morphing into a fight between the billionaire mayor of New York City who bought and paid for his own election with $150 million in pocket money—and a majority of the American people, not just the members of the NRA. A recent poll by Zogby International/ The O’Leary Report produced some key indicators on how the American people feel about the Right-to-Carry issue and about the Second Amendment—and it’s not good news for Bloomberg’s anti-self defense cabal of city politicians. Zogby’s survey of 4,470 voters in July showed the concept of concealed-carry for law-abiding citizens is overwhelmingly supported by American voters—83 percent to 11 percent. Broken down by distinct groups of voters, the findings are remarkable. Here and Castle Doctrine laws. It may well explain how people voted with their wallets in the stampede to purchase firearms and ammunition following the last election. The Zogby/O’Leary poll also shows 84 percent support for the Second Amendment as a personal individual right, mirroring results first found in 1975, when a Decision Making Information (DMI) poll was released by key members of Congress. Further, Zogby found that 66.5 percent of the American people believe that the Constitutional Right to Keep and Bear Arms also protects against infringements by state and local governments. But massive support for the Second Amendment by the American public is something Bloomberg and his axis already know. In 2006 a group funded by another billionaire, Andrew McKelvey, published a manifesto for anti-gun politicians to “take back the Second Amendment.” Among their findings was “Only 8 percent of voters believe that the Second Amendment does not protect an individual’s right to own a gun.” As a result, the now-defunct Americans for Gun Safety instructed anti-gun politicians to dissemble about supporting the Second Amendment: “progressives need not change their positions … The problem … on the gun issue has far less to do with the typical policies they espouse than the rhetoric they employ.” Now back to The Washington Post story—the inside take on Bloomberg’s “gun control” operation complete with a “war room” run out of city offices, using city officials; coordinating with mayors of 451 taxpayer-run municipalities across the nation; and with big-time Washington lobbyists. The Post called it a “gymnastic lobbying effort, juiced by Bloomberg’s wealth …”. The Post built its story around the backroom political machine built by Bloomberg for the long-haul attack on the Second Amendment. The emphasis of the story was on Bloomberg’s slim two-vote margin to stop enactment of the concealed-carry reciprocity amendment introduced by U.S. Senators John Thune of South Dakota and David Vitter of Louisiana. The Post found brilliance in the strategy of Bloomberg’s mercenary lobbyists and public relations hired-guns to couch the concealed-carry debate in terms of trampling “states’ rights.” Coming from Bloomberg, who demands draconian universal bans and works to drive out of business gun dealers across the nation through lawsuits or threats of suits filed in Brooklyn, N.Y., federal court, legislators must have been choking back laughter. According to The Washington Post, a key to Bloomberg’s strategy was: “They sought to position themselves as believers in the Second Amendment.” “Sought to position.” That’s posing. For Bloomberg’s meaning, look no further than his government’s harassment of a 60 o ctober 2009 http://WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - October 2009

American Rifleman - October 2009
From The Editor
Armed Citizen
Standing Guard
President’s Column
Welcome To NRACountry
Readers Write
News, Notes and Ephemera
Questions & Answers
Loading Bench
The Mayor vs. The People
Ruger’s SR-556: Ready To Run, Right Out Of The Box
The Colt U.S. M4 Carbine
The Truth About Gun Shows
Lincoln’s Rifles: “They Might Have Stayed To See The Shooting”
What Is A Purpose-Built Shotgun?
The ABCs Of Handgun Marksmanship
Making The Right Turn
Dope Bag: Data & Comment
Political Report
Trigger The Vote
NRA-ILA Report
Regional Report/Member Info & Benefits
Programs & Services
I Have This Old Gun

American Rifleman - October 2009