Minnesotans overwhelmingly favor assault weapons ban

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If a majority of Minnesotans had their way, "assault weapons" of this sort would be illegal.
Despite what the Pine County Sheriff thinks, the latest Public Policy Polling survey of Minnesota voters indicates Minnesotans overwhelming favor an assault weapons ban.

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Fifty-four percent "support banning assault weapons," while 37 percent are opposed. Ten percent aren't sure where they stand.

Some might take issue with the terminology used in the question, however. After all, asking respondents if they favor banning "assault weapons" is one thing -- asking them about "semi-automatic rifles" is another, and may result in different responses.

Anyway, here's a few other interesting tidbits from the polling (for the full results, including a link to the survey crosstabs, click here):

-- Forty-seven percent support legalizing gay marriage, compared to 45 percent opposed. But 75 percent of voters support either gay marriage or civil unions.

-- The NRA isn't as unpopular as you might think. Forty-four percent have a favorable opinion of it, compared to 43 percent who have an unfavorable opinion.

-- We love us some Amy Klobuchar. With a 65 percent approval rating, she's "one of the most popular Senators in the country," according to PPP's poll summary.

-- Democrats would like to see Hillary Clinton emerge as the Democratic candidate for president in 2016. "[E]ven with Klobuchar in the mix, 59% of Minnesota Democrats want Clinton to be the next nominee with Biden at 14% and Klobuchar at 11%," PPP writes.

-- Meanwhile, MNGOPers really dislike Barack Obama. Fifty-four percent support impeaching him, for God's sake, compared to just 24 percent opposed.

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Mike Kandorman
Mike Kandorman

44% support banning assault weapons and its called, "overwhelmingly." 44% have a favorable opinion of the NRA and it's called, "not as popular as you might think." I thought City Pages went out of business a long time ago?

UseCommonSense
UseCommonSense

44% support banning assault weapons and its called, "overwhelmingly."

44% have a favorable opinion of the NRA and it's called, "not as popular as you might think."

I thought City Pages went out of business a long time ago?

Sebastian Galdames
Sebastian Galdames

I think more needs to be done to keep them out of the hands of people who should not have them. I have been a gun owner and I enjoy guns. I think that shooting as an activity has contributed considerably to our economy. Also, while I don't think anyone "needs" an assault rifle with or with out a high capacity mag. I think you should be able to own one if you wish and you fit the requirements for ownership. I do not support a ban.

Melissa Peterson
Melissa Peterson

Hell no! Why let the bad guys have them when LAW ABIDING citizens can't? Prohibition didn't work, this won't work. Try to take them from me.

webcelt
webcelt

Go ahead and impeach Obama, GOP. What would be the grounds? Who knows, who cares. Just please get on with finding your bogus reason, because whatever you decide, Democrats will get to run on it in 2014.

Bobby Kahn
Bobby Kahn

Serious question: do guns go pew pew or boom boom?

Paul Lockman
Paul Lockman

The war on drugs is going great for the people profiting from it , it's a business just like war .

Sammy L Cater
Sammy L Cater

i have had a gun pointed @ me when me and an owner of dominos, got held up @ gun point ..... I AM PRO GUN... and though we may not ever be famous, my children 10 - 9 will be doing steel challenge this year. they love shooting :D way better teacher of responsibility then an animal based pet

Dillon Derpa Lerpa Bakke
Dillon Derpa Lerpa Bakke

anyone looking to buy a gun/gun(s) there's a big gun show in DT St. Paul at the St. Paul RiverCentre on January 26 & 27 $5 door fee, be sure to bring your permit to purchase if you are looking to buy a handgun http://www.mwca.org/

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

They should ban heroin and cocaine too that shits everywhere in Minneapolis! Make it illegal already.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Newtown shooter used hand guns not assault rifles. Assault rifle was recovered in his vehicle, so I don't see how that could have been used. Why then would the press say it was an assault rifle...either that or there was more than one shooter, either way the media and their anti gun bias misrepresented the facts.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

Luke Copa is correct, they found the assault rifle in his vehicle. So

Lisa Uhlig-Lulu
Lisa Uhlig-Lulu

um, does a bear shoot assault rifles in the woods? a resounding YES.

Stephen Noel
Stephen Noel

The assault weapons ban is meant to deny a citizens ability for fire superiority if ever a nation has to rise up against the gov't. Law enforcement have assault weapons, the military have them. This would take whatever tactical balance away from good law abiding citizens. We would be labled terrorists and dealt with accordingly. If you personally don't like firearms that is fine. Personally I don't like them either although I realize the need to protect ones self, property, and loved ones. Please be careful on what ban/social reform bandwagon you ride on. Someday you may wish you thought differently.

John Leiferman
John Leiferman

Tell me a time when humans were nice? I prefer to be prepared because humans are and always have been wild animals with better than average motor skills. It is fairly nice in our country because we can protect ourselves. Ask some poor lad in any African nation how it feels to have no gun when "peacekeepers" from every natural resource needing nation pass them out to rebels. City pages...go back to covering local strip clubs and hirable whores as that is what you know best.

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

For all the millions of guns in the USA, how many times has one been pointed at you?

Erica LeVasseur
Erica LeVasseur

Not in favor. A ban is not going to do a damn thing.

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

And city pages, your are hardly unbiased on this. Keep pushing

John Leiferman
John Leiferman

Put lithium in every McDonald's meal. We need more doctors prescribing dexidrine style stimulants and brain altering drugs to children...

Luke Copa
Luke Copa

He didnt use an assault rifle to kill those kids he used 4 hand guns. They found the rifle in his car.

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

Poll outside of sheep herd Minneapolis. Good thing there is already 2 registered guns for every one citizen. And mine will be grandfathered in as legal as soon as Obama gets his way. Go on sheep give up your weapons to the government. They are certainly here for your benefit.

Ryan Brink
Ryan Brink

As far as our "sanity as a nation" we've got much bigger fish to fry. Turn off your TV and snap out of it.

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

Evan, that's a silly argument. There will never be a point where you can't say the money will be better spent somewhere else.

the_experience03
the_experience03

@Sebastian Galdames  In 2010 Minnesota had 2 murders in which a rifle of any type was used.  In 2011 that number increased to 3, but overall murders dropped from 90 to 73 in that same year.  I share the same lack of support for a ban as you do.  So do the statistics. 

This legislation is a solution looking for a problem to solve.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Melissa Peterson Carson try and take them from a GIRL...that be easy

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Roger Anderson you look like the dude who pulled gun on his daughter, no?

keny1
keny1

@webcelt Calm down.  No one wants to impeach your Messiah.  The 24% of us are just going to sit back and watch him bankrupt the country, so that in 2016, we can gleefully say, "TOLD YA!!"  :)

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Dillon Bakke  Awesome.  Thanks!

JB-MN
JB-MN

@digitalprotocol Looks like YOU are the fool -Thats exactly what that bill will do. -Just another person talking about things they know nothing about....

_Joe_
_Joe_

@digitalprotocol Yes.  You very clearly deemed that to be an easy task based on her gender.

the_experience03
the_experience03

@digitalprotocol @_Joe_ The proposals that will be heard in Minnesota this week DO take away guns.  Even if a person complies with the ridiculous registration requirements for a pre-ban purchased modern sporting rifle, the estate of that person will be required to surrender the firearm to the state or render it completely inoperable upon the original owner's death with no compensation for the value of the firearm.  That is confiscation of property and yes, somebody IS talking about it.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@_Joe_ besides, she is also a complete fool since nobody has ever said anything about taking guns away. Nobody. Ever.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@_Joe_   she made a very inflammatory statement. She dared someone to take them, I deemed that to be an easy task.

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