Armed and afraid
Gun owners continue to worry that President Obama "will attempt to ban the sales of guns in the United States at some point while he is president." Asked about this, 44 percent of NRA members said Obama "definitely" would and 35 percent said he "probably" would.
That comes from an E.J. Dionne column asserting gun owners are more reasonable than is commonly assumed. The problem, however, is that their abstract support for modest gun control efforts won't survive two seconds beyond the moment that Obama himself voices support for one of these policies. They mistrust Obama a lot more than they support background checks, and the NRA aggressively encourages that attitude.
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