A Majority of Texans Favor an Assault Weapons Ban, But Their Politicians Don't

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Sen. Ted Cruz may be acting contrary to the wishes of his constituents, according to this poll. But the man's got a flair for the dramatic, right?
Texas, the Second Amendment bastion of sport shooters, concealed carriers and Stand-Your-Grounders, also favors a ban on assault weapons by a surprising margin -- 49 percent to 41 percent, according to Public Policy Polling.

Texans oppose arming school teachers (56 percent to 31 percent), but also strongly favor putting cops in every school (47 percent to 39 percent). Clearly, the citizens of the Lone Star State hold nuanced views on the role guns should and should not play in public life. And that's more than we can say for our legislators. Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz has vowed to oppose any and all restrictions on firearms, including the Bushmaster .223, a popular sporting rifle recently used to slaughter little children in Newtown, Connecticut.

During this week's hearing, at which a maimed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords pleaded haltingly for political courage, Cruz brought a pistol grip, which he held up to a photo of a common hunting rifle to illustrate his argument that a proposed assault weapons ban would discriminate based on the cosmetics of the gun and not, say, high-capacity mags that allow the shooter to pump round after round, in rapid succession, into .... deer, of course. Because the Framers, in an era of swords and flintlocks, clearly intended to enshrine every citizen's right to bear weapons with the capacity for massacre, Cruz takes any restriction as a frontal assault on the Second Amendment.

Our Sen. Cornyn (who, by the way, received only 34 percent approval rating in the poll) won't support any restrictions, either, nor will just about every Republican U.S. House member from Texas. That indicates that there is a huge disconnect between the way Texans actually feel about gun control and the way their elected representatives legislate on their behalf. Cruz seems convinced otherwise, believing an assault weapons ban runs so contrary to the will of the public that it will cost Democrats the Senate.

But when a state as pro-gun as Texas supports such a prohibition by a comfortable margin, you gotta wonder: Is this majority silent, or is he just not listening?


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Kevman
Kevman

You will give up your guns and you will like it!  You can either give them up or they will be taken from you.  When you are left defenseless and helpless then we, the liberals can do whatever we want and you will have to suck on it.

billzeblinsky
billzeblinsky

Anyone who opposes the idea of universal background checks with the defeatist argument "it will never work" is not thinking clearly. How would we possibly know whether it would work -- we've never tried it. Also, don't we at least owe it to the thousands of victims over the years to *try*? What's the worst that could happen -- you have to wait a little longer to obtain a firearm at a gun show or from a private, unlicensed seller? This sort of defeatism is on display with the NRA, which has shown its true colors as merely a gun industry mouthpiece.

FEDUP
FEDUP

I can KILL YOU WITH A BASEBALL BAT, CAR, BELT, HAMMER, SCREW DRIVER, 2 BY 4, PIPE, SHARPENED STICK, HOE, SHOVEL, CAST IRON FRYING PAN, ROPE, ETC ETC..  I COULD GO ON.  LETS BAN ALL THOSE AND GO BACK TO THE STONE AGE...OPPS I CAN USE A STONE TOO, LETS GO FURTHER BACK. 

You want the problem solved; simple: You murder, you  are judged, if found guilty, you have 1 week to say good bye to family make peace with whomever. take your ass out in front of a wall and SHOOT YOU IN THE HEAD!!!!!!

Justice done and those that know that this is what is going to happen if they do this, will recieve same,  WILL OR SHOULD think about it, Chances are they WILL NOT DO IT.

This BULLSHIT LIBERLISM IS DESTROYING THE COUNTRY, AND I'M IN AGREEMENT THAT LIBERLISM SHOULD BE A CRIME ON THE SAME LEVEL AS MURDER, WITH THE SAME RESULT AS ABOVE.

Don't like my plan GO FUCK YOURSELVES>


usualsuspekt_99
usualsuspekt_99

This article is utter tripe.  Public Policy Polling is recognized as being "Democratic-leaning" and it is labeled as a Democratic firm because in its private client work, it conducts polls only for Democratic campaigns and progressive organizations.  How about some balanced reporting instead of your left-wing crap?

sidewalkastro
sidewalkastro

We are a country of guns and no way around that fact. So please no whining and wailing after mass killings and individual killing. We love our guns more than life, so where are all the "Right to Life" people on this? I believe in America exceptionalism, we are exceptional at killing one another.

trebbates
trebbates

The problem with the "universal background check" is that they want it for every gun transfer. What that means is that a father can not give his son a .22 rifle w/o going through a dealer. Even if they passed it, how would you enforce such a law? The libs response is that they would have every weapon registered. But how would you enforce that? Second, in regards to the mentally ill, medical records and criminal history are separate. No medical records are cross referenced when doing a back ground check.

pak152
pak152

would love to see the detailed questions that make up the survey as well as the demographics of those who took the survey

russp
russp

Universal background checks including both criminal and mental history for all sales would help keep guns out of the wrong hands but definitely not eliminate them. Bans on specific guns (especially the least used in crime, the assault rifle) will do nothing but make the uninformed feel better because something was done.

observist
observist topcommenter

Can anyone here tell me how a semi-automatic assault rifle is more dangerous than a semi-automatic non-assault rifle?  As far as I can tell, there's not much difference between an "assault weapons ban" and "rifle aesthetics regulation".

casiepierce
casiepierce

The Bushmaster AR was NOT used in Sandy Hook, it was left in the car.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

You have a very loud, fanatical posse of gun-worshiping nutsies running around in this country.  A bunch of them always blast my comments on guns on this very comment board.  The overwhelming majority of Americans who want to end gun madness need to be just as loud and persistent.

keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

November 2012 there were 13,646,226 registered voters in Texas. 

245/13,646,226 

But the headline even took it a step further and said a majority of Texans(Maybe they just meant real Texans)

FEDUP
FEDUP

@billzeblinsky CRIMINALS "DO NOT" OBEY LAWS, THAT'S WHY THEY ARE CRIMINALS. SHIT FER-BRAINS.


FEDUP
FEDUP

Now lets all join hands and sing fuckin 'Kumbaya'

keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

@trebbates 20,000 prohibited felons and crazies in California are KNOWN to have firearms by the state. Only 2000 of them are confiscated every year while 3000 more are added to the list.

Liberals are fucking stupid. 

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

there is no way to say what the true number of guns sold actually is. the fact is there are many guns sold by sellers who are not licensed dealers, and under the existing laws in all but 6 states those transactions are not reported.

the number couild very well be 40%. it could be lower. it could be higher for all that we know....

observist
observist topcommenter

@pak152  Follow the link in the article - it's all there.  But you might need some help from keepcensoringDO and davidtweedle interpreting the results.

keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

@russp Out of all the people denied by a NICS check only a small handful were ever prosecuted. Many of them went on to commit violent crimes afterward..

When does increasing bureaucracy EVER do any good?

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@observist I have an AR, however if I really felt the need to protect myself, I would go for my WWII M-1 Garand. Semi auto and so much more powerful than my AR. The Garand is actually "military grade" as evidenced by the U.S. Army arsenal acceptance stamp. I bought the AR at Academy. However, the Garand does not look scary unless you were a Nazi.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@observist That's more of the panic than anything to me. I don't believe some weapons should be sold to the public, but they're splitting hairs when it comes to some aspects of "assault weapons." Fully automatic, military-grade weapons? By all means, restrict them. But seeing how pistols are semi-auto too and much more common, I think you're right. I lean liberal, but I would be perfectly happy with universal background checks and doing away with sales loopholes and not worry about banning specific models of "assault weapons."

trebbates
trebbates

@casiepierce actually it wasn't. If you look at the video of the police officer examining the weapon in the trunk of the car, it was a semi automatic shotgun. Not an AR type weapon. Just FYI

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@casiepierce sshhh. Senator Feinstein needs you to stay on the White House ordered message. Fun fact - the Harvey Milk assassination which thrust the Senator into was perpetrated by a former cop with a revolver. Both a class of person and weapon exempted in her proposed legislation.

davidtweedel
davidtweedel

@Myrna.Minkoff-KatzYou have a very loud, fanatical posse of gun-hating nutsies running around in this country.  A bunch of them always blast my factual comments on guns on this very comment board.  The overwhelming majority of Americans who want to end legislative madness need to be just as loud and persistent

pak152
pak152

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz so Myrna please explain to us "gun-worshiping nutsies" why chicago with one of the most restrictive gun control laws on the books is on track to surpass the 2012 number of gun deaths.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz fun fact, New Zealand is considering banning cats due to harm caused on indigenous birds. Like an assault rifle ban, it won't get very far, however doesn't it suck when people want to van something you have even though you haven't done anything wrong.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@FEDUP Damn, you are simple-minded aren't you? More than 1 million people have been turned down for gun purchases in the past 14 years and that's with a database that has more holes in it than swiss chesse. Do you think any of those people might have had less than legal reasons for wanting to buy guns? What if that system was improved by leaps and bounds? I'd ask you to put two and two together, but I'm pretty sure you didn't make it that far in school.

FEDUP
FEDUP

You rape we castrate you, you rob will cut off one of your arms, you rob again we cut off the other arm, you get caught with a child molesting them (caught key word here) no trail WE SHOOT YOU IN THE HEAD.

You deal drugs WE SHOOT YOU IN THE HEAD .

You commit a PONZI scream WE TURN YOUR ASS OVER TO YOUR VICTIMS WITH A PLEDGE THEY WILL NOT BE PROSECUTED................

EVERYONE HAS A SOLUTION AND IT'S ALL BULLSHIT SOLUTIONS ONE GROUP TRYING TOO APPEASE THE OTHER OR "LETS NOT GO TOO FAR IT MAY UPSET THE LIBERALS, OR UPSET THE CONSERVATIVES. 

DO YOU PEOLE NOT SEE THAT WE ARE LIVING IN THIS COUNTRY EVERY DAY ACCORDING TO THE WAY CRIMINALS WANT US TOO LIVE

GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF YOUR ASSESSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

My apoligies for the curse words my parents raised me better, we need too move FORWARD NOT BACKWARDSSSSSSSSSSSS


mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@keepcensoringDO @trebbates 

so it is "liberals" who aren't enforcing the law? uh, no, that isn't accurate in the least.

apparently it is you that is "fucking stupid".

enforce the law and stop those who should not be getting guns from getting guns. require every gun transaction to be vetted.

pretty simple, isn't it? to criticize the concept of universal checks on gun purchases by saying the current system isn't universally checking is as you say "fucking stupid".

pak152
pak152

@mavdog so did you read the article? apparently not


pak152
pak152

@observist @pak152 of course asking "do you support the ban of assault weapons" is already a biased question. would have been more realistic if they had asked " do you support the banning of semi-automatic rifles that cosmetically look like military rifles?"

russp
russp

@keepcensoringDO @russp 

But the fact is they were denied the gun purchase which is the purpose of the check. The failure of the government to follow up with prosecution is another matter and I believe a separate set of laws relating to filing false information on federal documents.

keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

@Rumpunch1 You won't be able to have that either if Feinstein gets her way. What a slap in the face to all the brave American men who used the M1 to help stop the Nazis. 

Ultimately, their sacrifice for freedom looks like it will be lost in just a generation or two. 



mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

the communities surrounding Chicago do not have the same restrictions on gun purchases/possession. To use Chicago as evidence of anything as it relates to gun regulations is totally falacious.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@FEDUP Dude, go back to your backyard bunker and stockpile some more MREs and ammo. You are a nutjob. I wouldn't sell you a BB gun.

FEDUP
FEDUP

@observist I took an oath too DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION FROM ALL ENEMIES 'FOREIGN' AND 'DOMESTIC' ! 

I AS A man took that oath and I will uphold it TILL I DIE, I will defend it TILL I DIE, so FUCKING SHIT-FER BRAINS MORONIC LIBERALS can have the freedom to be STUPID and act STUPID without fear of being SENT OFF TO A DEATH CAMP OR BEHEADED. And be able to say whatever you want whenever you want as I am also able too do in a FREE COUNTRY.

 With what little time there seems to be left, pick your sides. Honor and defend or country or go against it singing fucking KUMBAYA.

One bullet to the head from a pistol, rifle, auto or not = YOUR DEAD. I hit you in the head with a baseball bat=your dead, I run over in a car doing 75 = your dead,  I hit you in the head with a large rock= your dead, IT's NOT THE TOOL THAT KILLS PEOPLE IT's PEOPLE THAT KILL. 

Hollering about taking certain guns off the rack and out of the hands of honest citizens benefits criminals, and allows stupid liberals to help them dictate to the rest of the poulation that you WILL LIVE YOUR DAILY LIFE according to us criminals, for they rule when liberals allow them too and don't have to do a damn thing but sit back and watch you CRY IN YOUR SOUP.

By all means lets attack the honest citizen and cater to the FUCKING CRIMINALS!

Ladies Gentlemen forgive once again for my tone and cursing, but I believe in this country and it's freedoms (even those of moronic liberals) and will continue too defend it as best I can, till the death if need be. 

Some need to look up the definitions of words they use. Example: OATH


FEDUP
FEDUP

@observist @FEDUP THEY WILL TAKE OVER THE COUNTRY WITH THAT STUPID SON OF A BITCH IN THE WHITE HOUSE and the help of you FUCKING MORONIC LIBERALS.

observist
observist topcommenter

@FEDUP  Are you also concerned about SHARIA LAW TAKING OVER THE COUNTRY?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

nowhere in the article does it state a factual number of guns sold in the country by both dealers and individuals. it assumes what that number is.

there is no way to know the true number of sale transactions. how can a number be found if sales are not reported?

observist
observist topcommenter

@pak152 @observist   The whole "assault rifle" discussion is pointless - both pro and con.  It might as well be a debate about pink guns.  Is anyone going to be hurt if they can't carry around  pink guns?  No.  Are any lives going to be saved if the guns people carry around can't be pink?  No.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@keepcensoringDO Spare us the rhetoric for the men in their 80s and 90s who couldn't lift an M1, much less line up the sights in 2013. That freedom does not necessarily include any and all weapons in perpetuity, you know. There is a middle ground somewhere.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

the FACT is that Illinois gun laws are not the same as those in the City of Chicago.

the link you provided supports this FACT. thanks for validating my point.

observist
observist topcommenter

@pak152@mavdog Apparently geography is not your strong point.  NW Indiana and SE Wisconsin are part of the communities surrounding Chicago, so even Illinois state-wide laws are not the only ones relevant.

And what you fail to understand or accept is that the easier it is for law-abiding citizens to get guns, the easier it is for criminals to get guns.  

From the article you linked:

"A background check is not required if an individual sells a gun to another individual."

(Part of Illinois' draconian crackdown on the 2nd amendment.)


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