This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 15, 2014:
Life has lately been hard for the anti-gunners and those opposed to the Second Amendment. According to Pew Research, it isn’t likely to get easier any time soon. For 20 years, Pew has been asking Americans a simple question:
What do you think is more important – to protect the right of Americans to own guns, OR to control gun ownership?
In 1993, the Second Amendment guaranteeing American citizens the right to keep and bear arms had few friends. According to Pew, just 34 percent of those polled thought it was more important than passing more gun control laws, while 57 percent favored more gun control legislation.
Its popularity hit bottom in March, 2000, about a year after the Columbine High School massacre in a Denver suburb, with just 29 percent supporting it compared to 66 percent wanting more controls.
Since then, however, Pew has been measuring a resurgence of support for the beleaguered guarantee,