Twenty-six percent of likely U.S. voters think it would be good for America if only the police and military had guns, a new Rasmussen survey revealed Friday, while 59 percent of the voters think that would be a bad idea.
The same survey found that 66 percent of likely voters think the country should more strictly enforce existing gun laws. This comes more than a year after Rasmussen reported that only 28 percent of American voters trust the government to enforce gun laws fairly.
By contrast, a recent Quinnipiac survey found that 60 percent of its respondents think that stricter gun laws are a good idea, while 36 percent disagree. The Quinnipiac poll also revealed that 79 percent of the voters it surveyed support mandatory waiting periods for all firearm purchases.
A Rasmussen survey taken after the Las Vegas mass shooting noted that 52 percent of respondents think the nation needs tougher gun laws.
The new Rasmussen survey was taken following the mass shooting at a Texas church last weekend that left 26 people dead and many others wounded.
And this past April, Rasmussen found that 51 percent of its survey respondents think it is too easy to buy a gun in this country.
Still, a survey that finds more than one-fourth of American voters think only police and the military should have guns should set off alarms across the firearms community. Those people vote, and they support politicians who hold the same opinion about the Second Amendment as they do.
The survey comes at a time when American gun owners are growing impatient with Congress for having not acted on issues that brought them to the polls one year ago to give the GOP control of Capitol Hill. National concealed carry reciprocity and the proposed Hearing Protection Act have been gathering dust in the House since being introduced earlier this year.