Despite Rhetoric To The Contrary, Americans Embrace Bruen Decision


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The landmark 2022 Supreme Court decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen was a contentious one, with pro-gun advocates praising the ruling and gun-ban groups decrying it. As  it turns out, it wasn’t as contentious as many would have you believe.

First, a little background. While the ruling upheld the right of Americans to carry a firearm outside the home for self-defense, it also set a new standard for how Second Amendment cases are to be considered. Under the new standard, courts must ask whether the “Second Amendment’s plain text covers an individual’s conduct?” If the answer is yes, it next must ask whether there exists a “historical precedent from before, during and even after the founding [that] evidences a comparable tradition of regulation?”

Before the ink was dry on Justice Clarence Thomas’ majority opinion, anti-gun lawmakers and gun-ban organizations were declaring the ruling to be “out of touch with Americans.” In fact, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington said exactly that, posting on Twitter: “[The Supreme Court] is out of touch with America and faces a legitimacy crisis.”

Interestingly, a recent Marquette Law School poll gauging opinions on the Supreme Court proved just the opposite. While the study found a low approval of the Supreme Court’s actions overall (only 41%), it also revealed that 67% of respondents favored the Bruen ruling—more than twice as many as opposed it!

“Support for the ruling in Bruen has been … stable when asked in September and November, with just under two-thirds in favor of the ruling and one-third opposed,” the report stated. “A differently worded question asked in 2022 found similar support for the decision among those who had heard of the ruling.”

While these poll results likely won’t surprise many TTAG readers, the revelation likely put anti-gun advocates in a tizzy. After all, while they think the public is with them on the “gun issue,” that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Of course, truth has never been an important aspect of their rhetoric. As the majority of Americans disagree with their agenda, they’ll no doubt keep on pushing their bans and other restrictions, blissfully unaware—or not even caring—that only a small minority of the public is behind them.

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