I don’t know if this is a real poll with real results or not, but it’s a great example of how loaded polls happen. This is how mentalities change from “we have natural rights, inherent to human beings” to “laws and governments GIVE us rights.” Short term goal: good – we have this right to keep and bear arms. Long term result… Not. So. Much.
The Second Amendment gives us nothing. Our rights exist. Our right to life. Our right to property. And by extension, our right to protect our life and property in the most effective way possible. That right is not given to us. That right exists, and whether governments recognize it, infringe upon it or whether we allow them to do so does not negate their existence.
The Second Amendment recognizes an existing right and strives to protect it from government attempts to violate it.
By asking the question in a manner that implies this right is somehow granted by the law instead of protected by it, leads the respondent to answer in a manner that reinforces the idea that fundamental rights are given, instead of being protected by the law.
We are lucky to live in a nation where the basic Law of the Land recognizes our basic rights and protects them from government infringement. The Second Amendment says, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” It says government cannot infringe against this right, not that government somehow grants it. It is a right that is pre-existing, and government has no authority to treat it as a privilege.
It shall not be infringed. It is a right. And it exists.
And I resent media attempts to somehow change the parameters to transform this right into something that is given by a piece of paper written by man.