Mike Huckabee News
Feb 08 2013
The argument that gun control laws won’t interfere with hunting doesn’t much sway the opponents. And this might help explain why. CNSNews.com examined figures from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. They found that in 2011, the latest year for which figures are available, there were 12.7 million hunters in the US over age 16 who used rifles, shotguns or handguns for hunting. That’s out of an estimated 70 to 80 million gun owners. That means that non-hunting gun owners outnumber hunters by 5 to 1. The NRA notes that if add in all the Americans who’ve inherited guns and aren’t on the records, it’s probably even more lopsided.
So why do so many Americans who don’t hunt want guns? This story may hold a clue. A new poll by the Pew Research Center found that 53 percent of Americans believe their own federal government is a threat to their personal rights and freedoms. That’s an all-time high. It’s jumped by 23 percent since the wave of patriotism that followed the 9/11 attacks in 2001. No surprise, a whopping 62 percent of conservatives and gun owners see government as a threat to their rights and freedoms. But even 38 percent of Democrats agree. They probably disagree about exactly which rights and freedoms the government is threatening. But it still shows widespread distrust of our own government, across the political spectrum. That’s not healthy for any nation.This is from yesterday's Huckabee Report.