Republicans and Democrats are split far apart on abortion and gun laws in general. The funny thing is that Democrats don’t care about polls that disfavor them, but will immediately take to referring to polls that disfavor Republicans. With the 4 gun control measures blocked yesterday, USAToday says that:
“Democrats say the GOP is out of step with the American people, pointing to polls that show a majority want stricter gun laws. An NBC News/Survey Monkey online poll conducted after the Orlando massacre last week found 61% of those surveyed support stricter gun laws; 38% opposed them. The survey also found 60% support a ban on “assault weapons” and 38% oppose it.”
So just because some survey determined stricter gun laws are favorable, we should enact laws that reflect it? There is a lack of process there. Surveys can be inaccurate, but more importantly they do not have the power to destroy the second amendment. By that, I mean that some of the stricter laws suggested are moderately to extremely infringing on our right to bear arms. One such proposal was the Feinstein proposal which was blocked. I know that there are many laws that we- those of us in the firearms community- feel as if our rights are already being infringed upon. But for people to suggest that lawmakers should follow knee-jerk reactions and surveys taken on emotion, and for those people to ignore the right that they do not wish to use is not a clean way to go. Miguel pointed out that gun control people should heed the due process of our rights because they would then sound more reasonable. It would force them to carefully consider what laws they want put in place.
And what does this have to do with abortions? Well, according to CNN polling: “58 percent of Americans oppose all or virtually all abortions” and “only 40 percent of Americans generally favor legalized abortion in most instances.” The article also pulls polls from previous years were the percentage against abortions is in the 60’s. So does this mean to Democrats that anti-abortion laws need to be instantly put in place? Absolutely not. Polls are just estimates to try find out what the percentage of the population agrees or disagrees with. Those who support legal abortions, at least in most cases, point to the ninth and fourteenth amendment. Those are the two amendments that were largely used to decide Roe V. Wade. The ruling under Roe left it so that abortions are legal and laws relating to abortion should be under the standard of strict scrutiny.
So when a poll’s majority says gun laws need to be stricter, Democrats support a democracy and mob rule. However, when poll’s majority say abortions should only be done under strict circumstances, Democrats favor our Constitutional Republic.
On a side note, I absolutely hate the Republican/Democrat splitting on situations purely based on party lines. The two party system is crap, and instead of ideologies, people are choosing to align with an entire party’s ideology when voting. So, I don’t like to just say sweeping things like “Democrats do [insert bad things]”, but in this case of gun and abortion laws I did so because the situation has been a party-line split historically.