It’s said that an eagle needs two strong wings so fly, but in American politics, the left-wing is trying to cannibalize the right, thinking that it will soar higher than ever before.
Although 36% is not a majority, it shows that a large segment of the population does not trust the general population with weapons to defend themselves. They do, however, generally support those guns in the hands of government agents, police, and the military.
If guns were to be forcibly confiscated from law-abiding Americans, it would not usher in a peaceful utopia as many seem to believe. Instead, it would undoubtably create armed conflict between citizens and the government.
Put simply, no matter how well-armed the government is, there is a large segment of the population that will never give up their guns without a fight. This is quite possibly the quickest way, and the only way, to start a civil war in America.
Not to mention the fact that gun confiscation is a long shot from being proven to reduce crime. The only thing that this form of gun control does do is reduce the power of the people to fight back against oppressive regimes.
If you want to know why gun control is a bad long-term strategy, try reading about the history of Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, or Adolf Hitler’s regimes and how they took guns from their people prior to oppression and mass murder.
But sadly, a certain percentage of the population doesn’t care how it happens, as long as they eventually get a shot at their dream of utopia. “The end justifies the means,” as the old socialist adage goes.
However, many sheriffs, police officers, and members of the military have come out in fierce opposition to any kind of gun confiscation, even going so far as refusing to enforce unconstitutional laws or promising to deputize every citizen in order to bypass them.
There were 20.4 million Democrat primary voters in 2018, the highest number in two decades.
36% of 20.4 million is 7.34 million voters who want to confiscate firearms from Americans who have not committed a crime.
This contrasts with about 18 million voters who have firearms carry permits and roughly 100 million voters who own guns.
In addition to gun confiscation, the poll found that 39% of likely Democrat voters support eliminating private health insurance, forcing everyone into government dependency for healthcare, and 43% support reparations for black Americans, which would force white Americans who have never owned slaves or supported any kind of racism to pay African Americans simply for their skin color.
39% also support decriminalizing illegal border crossings, effectively opening the border completely and allowing any of the 700 million people currently seeking immigration to cross our border with no resistance and take advantage of our many generous welfare programs. America is also the top destination for would-be immigrants; about 24% of adults worldwide seeking to immigrate want to come to the US. That’s 165 million people to add on top of the 330,217,617 the US census bureau counted on the last day of 2019.
Additionally, 38% believe that we should provide free government-paid healthcare for all illegal immigrants. As fantastic as it would be to help 165 million people, a country with over 23 trillion dollars of debt just can’t sustain that level of immigration.
Finally, 38% percent of likely Democrat voters support legalizing abortion all the way up until just before birth.
Although there isn’t a majority for any of these issues, several Democratic presidential hopefuls have stated their support for each of these positions, including reparations, free healthcare for illegals, and gun confiscation.
In order to understand the disease we call politics in America, you have to see the great philosophical divide between the left and right. While the left is generally well-meaning, the policies that they support are not sustainable and often rely on forcing parts of the population to give up their rights and property for the benefit of others.
However, as Americans, we can only choose liberty or dependence; freedom or discrimination; civility or coercion. Attempting to attain both is as unwise as an eagle tearing off one wing thinking it will fly without restraint from the other.