Buried deep in a just-released depressing poll from Fairly Ridiculous University, lies this question/result:
That's right. 44% – a plurality — of Republicans think we need an armed revolution in the next few years. You know, to protect our liberties. I would like to know what liberties they think are being taken away.
Of course, that result explains the reasoning behind the rest of the poll, which concludes the 73% of Democrats think we need better gun control laws, while 65% of Republicans think the laws we have are fine.
I don't know how you reconcile that poll with this one from Gallup which says that 73 percent of Republicans would vote in favor of a national referendum that would "require background checks for all gun purchases." However, in the very same survey, 50 percent of Republicans said they didn't want the senate to approve legislation to "expand background checks for gun purchases."
It's almost like Republicans want a background check, but they don't want to give Obama a "win". Which is what Toomey thinks:
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) revealed that some members of his party opposed expanding background checks for gun sales recently because they didn't want to "be seen helping the president."Two weeks ago, only three Republican senators voted for the bipartisan background checks amendment sponsored by Toomey and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), despite overwhelming popular support for such a measure."In the end it didn’t pass because we're so politicized. There were some on my side who did not want to be seen helping the president do something he wanted to get done, just because the president wanted to do it,” Toomey admitted on Tuesday in an interview with Digital First Media editors in the offices of the Times Herald newspaper in Norristown, Pa.
IN OTHER GUN NEWS: 2 year old girl shot and killed by 5 year old brother with rifle he received as gift.