As the National Rifle Association loads up for its national convention starting in Pittsburgh on Friday, the wind of popular opinion seems to be at its back, says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Mirroring other studies, a new Pew Research Center poll showed 48 percent of Americans think protecting the right to own guns is more important than controlling gun ownership. Thirty percent answered that way in 1999.
NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre sees the Obama administration “embedded with people who have really spent a lifetime trying to destroy the Second Amendment.” The Obama nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Andrew Traver, “spent a lifetime basically opposing the Second Amendment.” If Obama wins a second term, LaPierre says, “both hunting and gun ownership are going to be in danger. I think their strategy is to fog this issue through the 2012 election, and then it’s Katy bar the door.”