A study conducted by Rasmussen Reports earlier this year found that a whopping 65 percent of Americans believe that the intention behind the Second Amendment was to protect Americans from the tyranny of government — a statistic that even holds true among those who don’t own guns and Democrats alike.
Only 17 percent doubted that freedom from tyranny was the purpose behind the Second Amendment, while 18 percent of people said they just didn’t know.
Not only do the majority of Americans believe the Second Amendment protects Americans from tyranny, but 74 percent agreed the average American has the right to own a gun compared to just 17 percent who don’t.
As pollster Scott Rasmussen wrote in January, preventing people from owning guns is “not likely to happen in a nation where six out of 10 adults would rather live in a neighborhood where they can own a gun and most would feel safer if their children attended a school with an armed security guard.”
“Seventy-five percent believe it is morally acceptable for Americans to have a gun in their home,” he added in his column.
In case you need a refresher of your high school civics class, the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Rasmussen surveyed 1,000 adults between January 16-17, 2013. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.