A recent survey from the Marquette Law School shows more than 2-to-1 support for the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2022 ruling in the landmark Second Amendment case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, which recognizes the right to bear arms in public places.
Marquett is the same institution which released another recent poll showing President Joe Biden trailing Republican former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (55-45%), former President Donald Trump (52-48%) and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (51-49%). That survey also reported, “Among registered Republican voters, Trump maintains a substantial lead over all others in the primary field for the GOP nomination, with 54% of the total. DeSantis and Haley are tied at 12%.”
But the Bruen survey is an eye-catcher, putting the lie to the contention by anti-gun groups that the 6-3 high court ruling was “out of touch” with the public.
As noted by Mark Chesnutt, writing at Firearms News, “In the end, it turns out that gun-ban groups like Brady and Everytown are the ones who are actually ‘out of touch with most Americans.’ But that’s likely no surprise to those of us who take everything they say with a big grain of salt.”
According to Marquette’s survey findings, “Support for the ruling in Bruen has been similarly stable when asked in September and November, with just under two-thirds in favor of the ruling and one-third opposed.”
The question Marquette asked was simple and direct: “In 2022, the Supreme Court ruled that, subject to some restrictions, the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home. How much do you favor or oppose this decision?”
In the aftermath of the Bruen ruling, the gun prohibition lobby was furious. The establishment media reported how the high court had “expanded” gun rights, while Second Amendment advocates dismissed that claim as nonsense. Instead, they contended, the court was merely restoring gun rights as they had been recognized at the time the Second Amendment was written and adopted as part of the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution.
With the results of Marquette’s survey now public, anti-gunners can no longer claim to have the majority in their corner.