Nine-percent of NRA members support mentally-ill having guns

January 25, 2013

Of course, that’s not how the National Rifle Association wants me to report on its latest survey, but it’s crazy that nine-percent don’t have a problem with the mentally-ill having guns…which begs the question are those NRA members mentally-ill and don’t want their guns taken away?

NRA Press Release:

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action conducted a national scientific poll of its members and found near unanimity among NRA members on a wide range of issues involving mental health reform and firearm rights.

Gun control advocates including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as various media outlets, have released data claiming to represent the views of NRA members, despite the fact that none of those surveys had access to the NRA’s membership list. The NRA survey of 1,000 randomly-selected NRA members across the country is the only legitimate survey of NRA members in existence.

The data from this survey indicates that NRA members are united in their desire for Washington to focus on keeping firearms from the mentally ill and to reject unconstitutional gun control measures that infringe on Second Amendment rights.

“Mayor Bloomberg’s claims that gun owners are divided are totally false. It is nothing more than an attempt by anti-gun activists to further their long-standing political agenda,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox. “American gun owners and Second Amendment supporters are ready for Washington to put politics aside and come together to fix our broken mental health system.”

Key Findings:

– 91% of NRA members support laws keeping firearms away from the mentally ill.

– 92% of NRA members oppose gun confiscation via mandatory buy-back laws.

– 89% oppose banning semi-automatic firearms, often mistakenly called “assault rifles”.

– 93% oppose a law requiring gun owners to register with the federal government.

– 92% oppose a new federal law banning the sale of firearms between private citizens.

Methodology – The national survey was conducted by OnMessage Inc. Telephone interviews were conducted January 13-14, 2013. This survey consists of 1,000 NRA members and was stratified by state to reflect voter distribution in the 2012 presidential election. The margin of error for this survey is +/- 3.09%.

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  • HazeMotes January 27, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I heard a blind man call in to a radio show, and he boasted of his gun ownership and expertise. Now, that is weird! Perhaps the NRA should survey blind marksmen.

  • Westsider January 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I read a survey on the internet that said 9% of survey takers have no clue what they are being surveyed about.

  • Denise January 26, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Perhaps those 9% simply don’t want the Federal government passing yet another useless law that needlessly intrudes upon personal privacy and would not keep the mentally ill from stealing weapons anyway ?

    I know that this is in conflict with the nanny-state government that you so crave Rick, but it IS what the mainstream thinks…

  • Jim McClellan January 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Nobody wants a mentally ill person to have a gun. But just who gets to define that? If you’ve been on an anti-depressant, does that mean you can never own a gun? Does a doctor have to certify that you’ll never be violent — and lose his license if he’s wrong? A lot of this stuff sounds real neat and simple until you start to realize that your rights are at stake here.

    If this was a First Amendment issue, my guess is you would be as skeptical as those of us who own guns.

  • L.Laird January 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    According to resent Backwoods Poll; 7 of the 9 % mentally ill gun owners live in the Panhandle, drive big trucks and love flags with cross bones and red stars…

  • Jacqueline January 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Maybe 9% don’t trust the government to define who is mentally ill (either now or in the future)? Not sure…

    I just took an unrelated survey by phone last night, and the way that they ask questions can be confusing or limiting as well. I bet that if you polled a gun control group, you could cull some crazy statistics also.