This episode we talk about a new Pew Research Study on firearm opinions.
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Well, welcome to the live to shoot podcast. My name is Jeff and I've been a licensed firearm dealer for the last 13 years. And this podcast, we talk about all things, second amendment and might throw in something going on in my personal life, a sports story or something in the news. So today is Sunday, August 22nd. And I have been a little slow in getting my podcast out and kind of crazy last few weeks and just, haven't been on time and try and do a little better. But you know, for example, this week we move my oldest into the dorms at TCU and, you know, My wife and I talked about it and we, I asked her if first day of kindergarten or first day of college was the hardest. And I think we both agree that first day of college may have been a little harder than the first day of kindergarten. So I don't know. I know a lot of the author probably been through it and it is it's different, different time of life for, for all of us. So we're getting. And I'm going to stop talking about it now. And you know, then we've got the craziness that's going on in this world and the feckless government that we have, the leader that we have in charges. So ridiculous. And. I just can't believe that anybody voted for Warren much less 80 million people. And I think we're starting to see it. And I think that there's a lot of buyers are more out there for all those that did vote for him or those that rig the election for him. So, you know, we've got our American system. Trapped in Afghanistan. Doesn't seem really too motivated about getting them out decided to stay, you know, at home a Delaware, you know, chin hockey's off on vacation someplace, just you know, let things be, you know, it'll all work out, but you know, it's, it's, it's, it's crazy, but you know, I've had this on my desk care for a while and I thought I would talk about it today. So. A week or so ago, the pew research center came out with a new. Results of a, a survey that they had done on gun owners. I think it's partying, you know, different opinions from gun owners and non-gun owners on, on a variety of topics. And, you know, there's some interesting things that in this, and I thought I'd just touch on briefly and then there's, again, my opinion it's a little misleading, but in that typical of most things that are related to guns, so yeah. Whenever you you know, look at the some of the questions they ask there's, you know, there's some common, you know, common ground that we, we all land on. So in response to preventing people with mental illness, from purchasing guns, 87% of gun owners are in favor of that. And 88% of non-gun owners, more than pay for that. So right. You know, right there along the line, but then when you get to creating a federal government database to track all guns, No, obviously 46% of of gun owners favor that. And 77% of non-gun owners own over truthfully. I can't think of why any gun owner would typically think of that. But you know, and this is one of the problems with surveys. You don't really necessarily know. You know, you know, they're, they're, they typically have an agenda going until may anyway, and you don't know how they got the data. You don't know how they're manipulating the data and case in point. So I'm going to go to the overall question and the results that came up with show that three in 10, us adults. Say they own a gun. So 30% of Americans say they own a gun. And that is to me until when then when you go and do you take that number and you extrapolate it across these other questions about gun owners and non-gun owners it then impacts the results. And by that, I mean, 30% I believe is a very, very low number. And that gets to the heart of this study and the people that they're serving. So gun owners typically are a private group. We have reasons to be keep our cards close to our vest especially in this time and environment. So I believe that a lot of people that answered that question about whether the gun owner or not, didn't tell them. They did not disclose that they were gun owners, because I believe that percentage is probably well over 50% of Americans are gun owners. When you look at places like Texas and Oklahoma and Wyoming, Wyoming, and Nebraska were probably 80 to 90% of the adults, there are gun owners of some sort and You know, then that, you know, obviously, even in the, the California, there are a lot of gun owners in California. They, they may not own all the guns that they'd like to have, but there are quite a few gun owners in there. And so I believe that 30% is a really low number. And then when you look at men versus women, 39% of men, so they're gone again. I think that is well over 60% of men are gun owners. You know, you break it down by race. Doesn't really. Jump out, you know, blacks and whites you know, pretty, you know, pretty much the same, you know, very similar percentage, 36 and 24%. It's pretty flat across the age groups. Education doesn't really matter. You know, the one bigger thing, which is obvious is urban versus rural. 41% say that they own guns versus 20%. And again, when I was at that rural number, that, that is very low to me. Just because I've grown up in that area. In those areas, I have family in rural areas. And so, but so now I think that look at how some of these other questions are answered. You start to wonder, you know, exactly what, what are the true answers you know, Whenever you see, 37% of gun owners are in favor of banning assault weapons. Now I don't think that's true. We gathered, like, I think the base of the number of gun owners is wrong. Now, there are some other trends that are interesting now. And this is what I'm one of the things I want to talk about going back to banning assault style weapons. That has become less and less in favor. So from 2017 to 2021, it's gone down for gun owners from 48% down to 37%. But even among non-gun owners, that number is dropping from 77% down to 74%. So, you know, there is some switching in terms of. Of, you know, shortening the waiting periods for people about the guns gun owners worked 53% to favor shortening it to now, you know, there are I'm sorry. Yes. That you know, against shortening it to, you know, 49% and, you know, and then that number stayed relatively flat for the non-gun owners. So, you know, it's very interesting, you know, What some of these stats say, but I think you know, there's some common ground out there, but then there's also, you know, again, some vast differences. And I think the biggest thing though, is that this study is a little flawed because I don't think it's capturing all the gun owners when you look at that, and then you start looking at the numbers, I think this would probably tell a different story if you were really looking at the true number of gun owners. So I thought it was interesting not that big a deal in terms of overall impact, hadn't really gotten much press, but. You know right now Afghanistan and the COVID virus and all those things are getting the headlines and maybe that's intended. But I do think that, you know, with chaos will come another attempt by the government to gain control. And one of the ways of gaining control is going to be coming after our firearms and they are shown that they're willing to do it. And they're going to attempt to do it and they are going to do it, you know, just out of if you had meaning that they are just going to use their powers as a government to do it. And you know, what the court sorted out later they're doing that with other things such as the eviction notices. And I think we're going to see that coming shortly that they're going to start getting a lot more aggressive because by Ms. Losing his political footing, And they've got to before they completely fall off the cliff, they're going to have to try and get some of that more of the radical agenda through, and that one of them has always been guns. He's told Sydney, you know, you betcha whenever I asked about taking her guns and as he's starting to lose less and less capital. He's going to definitely come for our guns. And so I think you're going to see another aggressive policy coming out here real soon in terms of banning guns, banning assault, weapons, banning high capacity magazines, and maybe even a confiscation type movement that he's going to force through by executive. And then just like he's done thumb his nose at Congress and thumb his nose at the courts. So this is definitely a time to stay vigilant and we're going to have to continue to fight and we need to continue to pray for our people over in Afghanistan and across the world because our government has shown that our president has shown that he doesn't value you and that he is not going to stand up and fight for you and protect you and keep you safe. That's all I've got for the day. I appreciate you listening. I have keep vigilant out there and, you know, be ready to fight and everybody take care. Have a good week.