Banning Guns Won't Stop Terrorists, Poll Shows

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - Would banning guns reduce the threat from terrorists? Seventy-five percent of Americans say no, according to a new Zogby International poll commissioned by the Second Amendment Foundation.

Only one in five respondents supported a gun ban and five percent were not sure. Zobgy pollsters contacted 1,009 likely voters chosen at random nationwide between March 30 and April 1. The poll's margin of error is plus/minus 3.2 percent.

SAF Founder Alan Gottlieb said the poll shows that Americans are not buying terrorism as an excuse to pass more restrictive gun laws. (The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has used national security as justification for banning fifty-caliber "sniper rifles," which it says are "easily accessible" to terrorists.)

But the Second Amendment Foundation says gun control groups like the Brady Campaign are waging a "one-note campaign" - their only solution, to "take guns away from people - any guns."

Look at their track record, Gottlieb said: "Anti-gunners have used every excuse, every tragic event, to demand increasingly restrictive gun laws.

"They pushed gun bans to stop urban crime, but look how that has failed in places like Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

"They pressed for a gun-free school zones law but that hasn't stopped tragedies like Columbine and, more recently, Red Lake High School in Minnesota. And lately they've tried to gull America into supporting bans on certain firearms as a way to thwart terrorism."

Gottlieb said terrorists are criminals who won't be stopped by disarming their intended victims: "Average Americans have figured this out, and we can only wonder why the gun control crowd hasn't," Gottlieb concluded.

Pending legislation

The Second Amendment Foundation poll comes as gun control groups are mobilizing opposition to a bill that would protect the gun industry from lawsuits arising from the criminal misuse of the products.

The National Rifle Association calls the legislation (H.R. 800/S. 397) a "reckless lawsuit preemption bill" - a way of stopping agenda-driven efforts to bankrupt the gun industry by holding it responsible for the criminal acts of others.

But the Brady Campaign calls the legislation an "immunity" bill that will "slam courthouse doors across the nation to the victims and survivors of gun crimes."

The Brady Campaign has launched a print and television advertising campaign in an effort to block the legislation. "Senators, Err on the Side of Life," the print ad reads. "Don't make it easier for killers to get guns."

In addition, the Brady Campaign said its network of Million Mom March chapters has organized a phone bank campaign to urge lawmakers to vote against the bill.

The Brady Campaign also points to two former directors of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms who oppose the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act."

Former ATF Directors Stephen Higgins and Rex Davis served under Presidents Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr. and Clinton. They have expressed "grave concern" about the legislation because of language that they say threatens to block ATF administrative proceedings against gun dealers.

Backers of the legislation note it does not shield gun makers from lawsuits arising from negligence or defective products.

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