A Rasmussen survey revealed that only 26 percent of likely U.S. voters think the country is safer now than it was before the 9/11 attack, and Rasmussen has also reported that 66 percent of those voters are not confident the government can prevent more terror incidents like Orlando.
At the same time, a nationally-recognized gun rights leader said gun control legislation pushed in reaction to terrorist attacks are a major misfire in terms of civil rights. He was speaking specifically about the so-called “no-fly, no-buy” measure that would have prevented firearms sales to anyone whose name appears on a terror watch or no-fly list.
The measure was widely panned by critics who were concerned about the lack of due process, which is a tenet of the Fifth Amendment, not the Second.
Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation and chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, told WND in an on-air interview that “The terrorist in Orlando didn’t swear allegiance to the Second Amendment. He swore allegiance to ISIS. We should be going after ISIS, not going after America’s Second Amendment rights.”
According to Rasmussen, only 29 percent of likely voters are even “somewhat confident” that the government can prevent most future terrorist attacks. The majority of Americans (60 percent) think the country is safer now than it was before the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001.
Thirty-eight percent believe terrorists are winning the war against terrorism, while 32 percent think the United States and its allies are winning.
These numbers come from a Rasmussen telephone poll conducted June 14-15 by Rasmussen Reports. That was only a couple of days after the Orlando attack. The survey has a +/- margin of three percentage points.
Capitol Hill gun control proponents appear to have dredged up many items on their long-standing agenda, including expansion of background checks to close the so-called “gun show loophole” and prevent online private party sales. But Gottlieb noted that these strategies would not have prevented the Orlando massacre, because the killer did not buy his guns at a gun show or through an online transaction.
“The terrorist in Orlando went through a background check,” he said. “The shooter in the San Bernardino terrorist attack went through a background check. So when they try to push an agenda that doesn’t solve a particular problem at hand, they’re being disingenuous about their proposals to start with.”