Following President Obama’s executive actions on guns Tuesday, Republicans have acted as if he just erased the Second Amendment and ordered that all guns be confiscated. From referring to it as “Obama’s gun grab,” to continued insistence by many on the right that the president doesn’t believe in the Second Amendment, I’ve rarely seen an overreaction of this magnitude. The reaction has gone well past typical political cynicism to flat-out propaganda. Nothing he did on Tuesday remotely comes close to any sort of “gun grab,” but that didn’t stop many on the right from insisting that Obama is coming to take their guns.
The truth is, all the president really did was slightly expand background checks to close a couple of the loopholes criminals could potentially exploit to buy or sell guns – something you would think most Americans would support.
Well, as it turns out, most Americans do support President Obama’s recent move on guns.
A new CNN-ORC survey showed that 67 percent of Americans, including 63 percent of households with guns, support the measures the president enacted this week.
What’s even more surprising is that 51 percent of Republicans who responded to this survey agreed with President Obama’s executive actions. I can’t recall the last time I saw 51 percent of Republicans agree with the president on anything – let alone an executive action on guns. This fact, in and of itself, shows how popular expanding background checks on guns is.
This survey also goes along with other polling data we’ve seen before that’s shown that 90 percent of all Americans support universal background checks that close loopholes that could be exploited by criminals.
Yet with the overwhelming majority of Americans supporting universal background checks, we can’t get this legislation through Congress because Republicans refuse to do anything. Hell, even when the vast majority of Americans – and over 50 percent of Republicans – support President Obama’s executive action on guns, nearly every Republican I’ve seen speak about this issue has condemned what the president did.
And why is that? Because the Republican party is bought and paid for by the NRA – an organization that’s basically just the lobbyist arm of the billion dollar gun industry – an industry that profits mightily from gun violence, fear-mongering and the lack of sensible gun regulations.
How millions of conservatives fail to recognize this con is astounding. Logically speaking, why would the NRA or the gun industry ever support any sort of sensible gun reform that would actually reduce gun violence? That wouldn’t even make sense. That would be horrible for “business.” It would be like big tobacco actively trying to get people to not smoke.
What this survey ultimately proves is what many of us have known all along. That the Republican party is nothing but a paid shill for the NRA and the gun lobby. Because when 51 percent of Republicans are supporting President Obama taking unilateral steps on background checks because the GOP-controlled Congress refused to listen to the 90 percent of Americans who want universal background checks, that shows you how out of touch Republicans are when it comes to common sense gun reforms.