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America Asks: Why Won’t They Enforce Existing Gun Laws?



For almost every mass shooting, there’s a law that would have prevented it if it had been enforced.

In the wake of the Lewiston massacre, the usual suspects are once again joyously dancing in the blood and demanding more gun control laws. This isn’t a mistake of some sort; this is their standard operating procedure. The point is to take advantage of voters’ emotional response to a tragedy in order to pass laws that would not have stopped a particular shooter … while ignoring existing gun laws that would have. Fact is, America already has a hearty set of federal and state gun laws; it’s just that prosecutors routinely refuse to enforce them.

Why? Well, that’s a very good question that nobody on the anti-gun side of the aisle seems to want to answer … but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to stop asking. The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) has the data!


A new Rasmussen survey conducted in the aftermath of the Maine mass shooting substantiates what the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has said for years: Americans think enforcement of existing gun laws would do more to prevent gun-related violence than passing new laws.

According to Rasmussen, 57 percent of voters say stricter enforcement of existing gun control laws would be more effective, while 30 percent believe passing new laws would do more. The veteran polling firm also found that 71 percent of Republicans and 58 percent of Independents favor stricter enforcement of current laws, while only 43 percent of Democrats concur, showing a marked philosophical difference between political affiliations.

“Rasmussen did this survey after the Maine tragedy,” noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “so it was definitely on everyone’s mind when they responded to the survey. We’ve maintained for decades that if existing gun laws were enforced, we wouldn’t need a constant stream of new laws, with additional restrictions on law-abiding citizens, which have really not prevented such events, as gun control proponents invariably promise when they push their latest schemes.

“As further evidence of a fundamental partisan disconnect in this country,” he continued, “Rasmussen also found that 44 percent of Democrats think it is possible to completely prevent mass shootings, but that opinion is shared by only 21 percent of Republicans and 19 percent of Independent voters. On the other hand, 66 percent of GOP voters and 63 percent of Independents say it’s not possible, while 41 percent of Democrats acknowledge it likely is not possible.”

CCRKBA is the recognized “common sense gun lobby” organization, and Gottlieb said this new Rassmussen survey shows the majority of American voters “concur with our long-standing position on these matters.”

“Passing a new, feel-good law only creates the illusion something has been done,” Gottlieb said. “In reality, such knee-jerk legislation accomplishes nothing and sets the public up for more horror when another incident occurs, after which anti-gun politicians repeat the process, fooling their constituents all over again while steadily eroding the Second Amendment and perpetuating a problem they know their policies can’t solve.”

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