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Americans to Washington: Donít tread on me
Washington Post ^ | February 1, 2013 | Aaron Blake

Posted on 02/01/2013 3:03:04 PM PST by Second Amendment First

Americans have a very special message for the federal government: Don’t tread on me.

That’s the takeaway from a new poll from the Pew Research Center in which, for the first time in at least the last two decades, a majority of Americans say Washington actually poses a threat to their “personal rights and freedoms.”

And it’s not just tea party supporters, Republicans and gun owners.

Nearly two-fifths of Democrats (38 percent) say the government is a threat to them personally, as do 45 percent of non-gun owners.

Overall, the percentage of Americans who view the federal government as a threat has increased from 36 percent in May 1995 to 53 percent today. It rose late in the 1990s and then dropped again after 9/11, down to 30 percent.

Today, most Americans now feel at least somewhat scared of what the government could do to them, and 31 percent see Washington as a “major threat.”

This is an important piece of data to keep in mind as Congress debates new gun legislation. While polls show broad support for expanding background checks and limiting the manufacture and sale of certain types of so-called assault weapons, the flip side of that is that many Americans are wary of their government going too far in restricting their constitutional rights — be it on guns or anything else.

And if gun rights supporters can convince the public (and members of Congress) that the legislation creates a too-powerful federal government that impinges on people’s rights and freedoms, they may help reverse their early deficit in the polls.

The American public is very receptive to such a message.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist


1 posted on 02/01/2013 3:03:11 PM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First
I'm shocked that this story slipped past the MSM PC censors.


2 posted on 02/01/2013 3:15:52 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

And yet, Great Leader won a second term.


3 posted on 02/01/2013 3:25:42 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: AD from SpringBay
And yet, Great Leader won a second term.

That's "Dear Leader", comrade!

Please report to Rahm Emmuel's office in Chicago for re-education!

4 posted on 02/01/2013 3:40:19 PM PST by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Second Amendment First

How do idiots simultaneously “fear” the government and “favor background checks.” That’s just asking for government bureaucrats to have a licence to cancel one’s rights with “clerical errors” on your background report.


5 posted on 02/01/2013 3:59:03 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: Second Amendment First
This is in the Washington Post ? I had to double check.
6 posted on 02/01/2013 4:04:45 PM PST by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Maybe, just maybe—our somnambulent fellow citizens might sneeze, have a coughing fit or a toothache and WAKE UP!


7 posted on 02/01/2013 4:19:12 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Second Amendment First

“Conservative/Moderate” Democrats?

Where?


8 posted on 02/01/2013 4:36:02 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Travis McGee

I love that poster... only wish the comma after “scandal” were removed!


9 posted on 02/01/2013 4:39:14 PM PST by Principled
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To: AD from SpringBay

“And yet, Great Leader won a second term.” Yes. Let me think about that... Ummm... ‘maybe’ he cheated.


10 posted on 02/01/2013 5:51:27 PM PST by Bravada (Wherever I Stand, I Stand With Israel!)
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To: Principled
I hope it didn't lose any sharpness in the redo. Does it read and sound better without the comma? I wavered on it.


11 posted on 02/02/2013 7:21:23 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

That’s better. It’s too short a sentence for a comma.


12 posted on 02/02/2013 8:19:55 AM PST by Atlantan
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To: Second Amendment First

I woke up early today worrying about the future of our country. Then I saw this video of gun owners in NY state defending their 2A rights and felt better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTdhVxva5KU


13 posted on 02/02/2013 8:36:28 AM PST by Atlantan
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To: Atlantan

I aim to pleas!


14 posted on 02/02/2013 9:07:28 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Second Amendment First

I wish the GOP was not too stupid to realize this. Their overboard and unthinking homeland insecurity support is killing the Republic. The Boner, Ms. Lindsay Graham and his boyfriend John McCain are mindless kill’em robots and have permitted the left to classify Republicans as “Domestic terrorists.” They have permitted perverts at the airports to abuse totally innocent citizens. Only Rand Paul raises hell about the DHS airport sexual abuse program.


15 posted on 02/02/2013 11:32:04 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Travis McGee

Dang Travis - !

I didn’t know that was you LOL

If you like a pause right where the comma was, try ellipses... or a dash -

You do good work!


16 posted on 02/02/2013 1:22:28 PM PST by Principled
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To: AD from SpringBay
And yet, Great Leader won a second term.

Highly doubtful.

17 posted on 02/02/2013 8:25:39 PM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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