In the mid- and late-1950’s, during my childhood, television shows like The Rifleman and Gunsmoke were very popular. Television, however, wasn’t part of my life. My father wouldn’t allow us to be brought away from reading for it. Toy guns were popular toys for boys around me. My father forbade even squirt guns, because they were guns. Perhaps, not surprisingly, I’ve supported limiting the possession of guns for most of my 70 years!
Most Republicans would support legislation banning assault-style weapons, a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll found Wednesday — a finding that contradicts President Donald Trump’s claim earlier the same day that there’s “no political appetite” for such restrictions.
The poll found that nearly 70 percent of all voters would back such a ban. Support for an assault-weapons ban was higher, at 86 percent, among Democrats, who have been pushing for new restrictions on the firearms in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend.
Republicans typically are more reticent to support new gun restrictions, and Trump campaigned in 2016 on his strong support for the Second Amendment. But the poll found that 55 percent of GOP voters were comfortable with banning assault weapons, and 54 percent said they would support stricter gun laws more generally. Ninety percent said they would back universal background checks for gun sales.
Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) challenged Democrats to pursue Biden’s call to enact a ban on semiautomatic rifles known as assault weapons.
“It won’t get 50 votes, much less 60,” Graham predicted on “Fox News Sunday,” offering an oft-mentioned personal rationale for permitting sales of AR-15s and other popular assault-style firearms.
“I own an AR-15,” Graham said. “If there’s a natural disaster in South Carolina where the cops can’t protect my neighborhood, my house will be the last one that the gang will come to, because I can defend myself.”
Lindsay Graham’s hometown area is around Anderson and Greenwood, South Carolina. Anderson’s Black population is approximately 31%…