2nd ADMENDMENT : What AMERICANS really think !

United States
December 10, 2007 6:11pm CST
The USATODAY had been called America's newspaper. They are conducting an opinion poll on the 2d admendment to the US Constitution. Click the link, take the poll, and see the results. http://www.usatoday.com/news/quickquestion/2007/november/popup5895.htm Were you surprised at how this poll was going? I admit I was. The MSM would have you believe not that many members of the public favor the 2d admendment as an individual right. What's your opinion of this poll, the 2d admendment, and the poll's support of 2d admendment rights?
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@AD11RGUY (1266)
• United States
12 Dec 07
I thought it was clear that "we...the people" have the right to bear arms. I realize that there has been a long running, mass campaign to take this right from us, but I thought the Constitution was still being taught in school and thus, we all knew this was our right. If it were still allowed as it was meant to be, I dare say "drive-by" would still have only one definition, Columbine would've happened, and "car jacking" would still be just an automotive term. I am glad to see that at least in this poll when I voted yes, that 98% of the respondents also knew this! Now, what to do about getting it enforced properly...
• United States
12 Dec 07
It is clear, but the sociopaths near the top of the legal profession delight in twisting words to try and make words like 'black' mean 'white' or 'good' to mean 'evil'.
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@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
12 Dec 07
I must admit that I was quite surprised, especially considering some of the things I have seen written here n myLot. Apparently the vast majority of people are not as out of touch as some of the comments here would lead us to believe. There just may be hope for America yet.
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• United States
12 Dec 07
The differences of opinion between regular users of the internet and others is quite striking. I'm pretty sure that if you had to have an internet account in order to vote, conservatives advocating strict interpretation of the constitution and fiscal responsibility would be the only politicians to get elected. On line polls regularily give results with which I can agree but polls in the MSM often give results that seem skewed to me.
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@soadnot (1606)
• Canada
11 Dec 07
liberty is what the united states is founded on
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• United States
11 Dec 07
Yes! And everytime we move away from liberty there are unintended negative consequences.
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@Latrivia (2889)
• United States
11 Dec 07
I think it depends on the type of people participating. Because we can't see who exactly is taking this poll, one mindset could easily be outweighing another. I've met quite a few people, even in the mostly conservative state of Texas, who believe the second amendment is no longer an applicable right. So if 98% of the people who participated voted an overwhelming yes, then I'm going to guess that the range of people taking it is not as wide as it should be. I would take the outcome of the pole with a grain of salt, if the poll remains as it is. On my opinion of the second amendment, it clearly states that the "people" have a right to keep and bear arms. The "people", having already being defined by the Supreme court as the legal citizens of the U.S., the second amendment is a right given to each individual citizen. That's why I voted "yes".
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• United States
11 Dec 07
Yes, me too! I voted "YES" ! You are right that the results are probably not representative of all Americans. Polls conducted on the internet are notorious for differing from the population at large. Just one example would be that Ron Paul, one of the republican candidates for president, wins most on line surveys, but in the larger sample of all Americans he is near the bottom. Based on these results, I think the hypothisis that the average person on the 'net' is better informed than the average person who is not, must be considered!
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
11 Dec 07
Actually, I was surprised to see that they had 101%. 98% yes; 2% no; and 1% undecided.
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• United States
11 Dec 07
It is common for modern polls to add to 101%. It is because of programmer laziness. Most computer languages have an Interger function. It is easier to use this integer function than to write a genuine 'round off' subroutine. Most likely, if the percent's decimals were left on instead of 'Integered' off vs 'rounded off' you'd get a total of 100%. Another modern mystery explained!
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• United States
11 Dec 07
Actually, my first comment is in error, 'round off' errors make 101%. Integer errors make 99%. Both are common.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
12 Dec 07
Hello Red, At the time I submitted my answer the result is: 97% - Yes 2% - No 1% - Undecided. I found the poll to be very specific in its intent. No word games ... simple & to the point. Exactly the way general polling questions should be. As a Constructionist, there is no question for me that the Founders intended that the U.S. citizen be armed. Militia's, at the time, consisted of average citizens, not military or paramilitary organizations. I will admit that I'm somewhat surprised that 97% of the participants believe as I do. Admittedly, it is a very pleasant surprise.
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