Fox News poll: Why yes, most Americans would like a gun when there’s a manhunt going on outside

posted at 12:41 pm on April 24, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Well, get a load of this. On Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein appeared on Fox News to discuss last week’s attack in Boston and terrorism in general, and Chris Wallace wondered whether the people in locked-down Boston last week, with concerns that “this fellow might be on the loose, might break into their house, might take hostages — would people like to have had guns?” “Oh, some may have, yes,” replied Feinstein.

But it isn’t just “some” Americans who would be partial to having the means to defend themselves from violent criminals on the loose in their neighborhood; as it turns out, a large majority of them do, including half of the people in even non-gun-owning households.

If you were in that situation, would you want a gun at your side?

Most American voters say yes, according to a new Fox News poll.

Sixty-nine percent say if they were in a situation similar to Bostonians, they would want a gun in their house.

That includes a large 88-percent majority of those in gun-owner households, as well as 50 percent of those in non-gun homes. …

In general, more voters think protecting the constitutional right to own a gun is a higher priority than protecting citizens from gun violence (53-42 percent).  That’s mostly unchanged since January, when it was 51-40 percent.

But Feinstein went on: “Oh, some may have, yes, but if where you’re going is, do they need an assault weapon, I don’t think so. … You can use a 12-gauge shotgun and have a good defensive effect, and there’s the element of surprise. Now you’ve got police all over the place in Watertown, so, I don’t really think that this is applicable. I think, there are people that want to make this argument, but a 12-guage shotgun, there are many weapons… that are available to people for choice without an assault weapon.”

…Wow. Firstly, I’m not sure what that non sequitur about “the element of surprise” was about, since you can have an element of surprise with an AR-15 just as well as a shotgun, and secondly, the police can’t be everywhere at once, and I’m sure many of them would appreciate a responsible and armed citizenry that effectively expands the reach of their apprehending capabilities. I still can’t wrap my head around where she’s getting this completely arbitrary “assault weapon” definition, since guns that can be used for effective self-defense can be just as effective at violently “assaulting” people, and vice versa — and enough with this brazen nonsense that an AR-15 isn’t an excellent, manageable choice for self-defense. As Katie Pavlich pointed out last night, it absolutely and demonstrably is:

Jasper Brisbon, 32, wandered up to a couple late Friday at the Lynnewood Apartments as the pair spoke outside their unit. Brisbon, they told police, appeared to be on drugs. He stared at the pair for several minutes before the couple decided to go into their apartment, police said.

But as they entered their home Brisbon jumped between them, forcing his way in.

The male of the couple ran to get a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle and insisted Brisbon leave. Brisbon refused. Instead, as the man yelled “Stop! Stop Stop!” Brisbon moved menacingly toward the man, police said.

The man fired a shot striking Brisbon in the torso and immediately called 911, police said.


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At 36 seconds into the video

I think we should do away with assault weapons because of how they are used.

Somebody somewhere is going to use something not for its intended purpose such as:

letter opener, revolver, knife, rope, candlestck, wrench, lead pipe etc.

Lets ban it!

tommer74 on April 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Somebody somewhere is going to use something not for its intended purpose such as:

letter opener, revolver, knife, rope, candlestck, wrench, lead pipe etc.

Lets ban it!

tommer74 on April 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

pressure cooker, fireworks, somebody else’s car, a backpack.

Oh, and the internet.

BobMbx on April 24, 2013 at 4:07 PM

I think we should do away with assault weapons because of how they are used.

Well Diane, you cunning stunt, YOU should be banned from positions of power, because of how you use it.

tom daschle concerned on April 24, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Those insane, regressive commies will not stop until we stop them. And since they own the educational system, the ballot box and the judicial system, I’m talking bloody war. Not because we want it, but because they insist on it.

sablegsd on April 24, 2013 at 4:19 PM

I think we should do away with assault weapons because of how they are used.

She would have taken away my soda straw when I was a lad. I tormented many with my lethal spit wads.

hawkeye54 on April 24, 2013 at 4:22 PM

BobMbx on April 24, 2013 at 4:07 PM

I am going to add Q-tips to the list. those are notorious for being misused and causing injury.

tommer74 on April 24, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Thank you.. That is what we are gping to be doing..

My sister in law owns a gun store in Florida so we are waiting to get down to her to buy a gun cheaper and then transfer it to Tennessee.

I think we are looking at a Smith and Wesson M&P .40 or a Smith & Wesson 9mm.

melle1228 on April 24, 2013 at 3:48 PM

If you purchase the Smith & Wesson M&P, I would recommend the Shield in 9mm it would be less recoil than the .40. Springfield also makes a nice subcompact, you may want to look at the XD series.

DDay on April 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

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MaiDee on April 24, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Go to hell Fineswine, you lousy sack of antiamericanshit.

TX-96 on April 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM

I think we are looking at a Smith and Wesson M&P .40 or a Smith & Wesson 9mm.

melle1228 on April 24, 2013 at 3:48 PM

I have a S&W M&P9, and a Glock G22 Gen 4 (.40 cal). They actually kick about the same, but for some reason the Glock shoots much better, or I shoot better with the Glock – not sure why. The Gen 4 Glocks have a double recoil spring which makes the action smoother – perhaps that is part of it.
Depending on your interests, it’s worth noting the M&P9 comes with a 17 round magazine, and I have not been able to find anything that fits and holds more rounds.
The Glock 9mm standard mag is around 19 rounds, but you can get mags as big as 32 rounds. The Glock .40 cal standard is 15 rounds, but you can get mags up to 22 rounds. My impression is that all Glock magazines are interchangeable between models within a particular caliber – not so with the S&Ws.

dentarthurdent on April 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

DDay on April 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM
dentarthurdent on April 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Thank you.. Will add the Glock and the Springfield on to my tryout list.

melle1228 on April 24, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Springfield also makes a nice subcompact, you may want to look at the XD series.

DDay on April 24, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Speakin as someone who owns a Springfield XD subcompact (9mm), I can say with authority that the XD is absolutely the best handgun for the price. Some people like the more expensive Glocks, but for some the hand position just isn’t right…for those people, look at the XD.

Also, shotguns are great for home defense, but they’re only one piece of any home defense package. You should own a shotgun, a high-powered rifle, a .22lr rifle, and a handgun (or two, one being for concealed carry). You can skip the .22 if you want to spend high-power rounds developing your rifle skills, or if you’re already proficient.

In some situations you might want the shotgun. In others, you will definitely want the handgun. And if there are multiple targets you may have to break out your AK/AR.

James on April 24, 2013 at 5:15 PM

In the shoot-out with the bombers the police fired more than seven shots.

agmartin on April 24, 2013 at 5:20 PM

melle1228 on April 24, 2013 at 5:07 PM

James on April 24, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Some very good points there James.

melle – the real key is to find something that feels right in YOUR hands. Everyone has a different feel, hand strength, hand size, etc, so what’s good for me may not be the best for you. Get a feel for a bunch of different guns – hold them in firing position, try to cock the slide (larger caliber has a stronger spring, so harder to pull back), see how well your fingers reach the safety and mag release button, etc…..

BTW – according to a retired Army co-worker, a .22 rifle is actually the ideal weapon to get started and train on, then move to the pistols and larger caliber rifles or shotguns.

Also worth considering – 9 mm and .22 LR are currently some of the more difficult ammo to find, but they’re cheaper than most others. And .40 S&W ammo is a bit more readily available, but a bit higher priced – at least in my experience with the current market.

dentarthurdent on April 24, 2013 at 5:40 PM

In the shoot-out with the bombers the police fired more than seven shots.

agmartin on April 24, 2013 at 5:20 PM

But but – “it shouldn’t take more than 3 bullets to bring down a terrorist”. I know I heard that somewhere…..

dentarthurdent on April 24, 2013 at 5:41 PM

But but – “it shouldn’t take more than 3 bullets to bring down a terrorist”. I know I heard that somewhere…..

In a lot of police shootouts, firing 3 bullets isn’t even a warm up. If the Left had its way all LEOs would be issued one bullet to be kept in shirt pocket until instructed to load and shoot from Sheriff Andy, when verbal persuasion fails.

hawkeye54 on April 24, 2013 at 6:04 PM

If this airhead twit is the best we have…or California has to offer….I’m all for repealing the 19th Amendment…

The moron insists…still insists on calling AR15′s, “assault weapons”. The beast is the female equivalent of Forrest Gump.

While Ted Cruz effectively showed her how much of a hysterical, ill informed ass she is…she just had to insult the man.

She’s a threat to our freedoms and an insult to other intelligent women everywhere.

Twana on April 24, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Some news crew needs to take ol’ DiFi to a firing range, and film her shooting that proverbial 12-g shotgun – especially the aftermath as she complains about the terrible pain in her shoulder, and her butt, as she picks herself up off the ground.

Another Drew on April 24, 2013 at 7:24 PM

dentarthurdent on April 24, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Thank you again. Like I said earlier, I am 5 ft. nothing and have very small hands. I like the grip on the Smith & Wesson because I could change it out for a smaller one. Does the Glock and the Springfield also do this?

melle1228 on April 24, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Later model Glocks (Gen-3?, Gen-4?), and the XD-M have customizable grips like the S&W M&P’s.

Another Drew on April 24, 2013 at 7:27 PM

melle1228 on April 24, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Later model Glocks (Gen-3?, Gen-4?), and the XD-M have customizable grips like the S&W M&P’s.

Another Drew on April 24, 2013 at 7:27 PM

What he said…
My Glock came with 2 add-on grips to choose from that snap on, and then lock in with a push pin.
My S&W M&P9 had 3 different grips that could be added.

With small hands, I highly recommend one of the smaller framed guns. Like I said before, try out a bunch. A decent gun shop will let you handle anything they have in stock to see how it feels.

There are also some advantages (for some people) to revolvers, so don’t overlook those as a possibility. My oldest son just bought a S&W 686 (.357 Magnum) revolver that he says is the smoothest shooting handgun he’s ever tried.

dentarthurdent on April 24, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Thank you again. Like I said earlier, I am 5 ft. nothing and have very small hands. I like the grip on the Smith & Wesson because I could change it out for a smaller one. Does the Glock and the Springfield also do this?

melle1228 on April 24, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Melle, I have the Springfield XDS. It’s a .45 but it is comfortable to shoot, has the adjustable grip option and you can put a Pachmyer sleeve on it absorb a bit of the recoil. There will be a 9mm version soon, but is is a small , light pistol with a lot of firepower in .45 Take a look at it on Springfield Armory’s website

gatorbait on April 24, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Thank you again. Like I said earlier, I am 5 ft. nothing and have very small hands. I like the grip on the Smith & Wesson because I could change it out for a smaller one. Does the Glock and the Springfield also do this?

melle1228 on April 24, 2013 at 7:24 PM

BTW – my wife has fairly small hands, and kind of shaky also, and she’s not strong enough to even cock the slide on my .40 cal Glock.
So her starter that she’s learning and practicing on is a Ruger SR22 (.22 LR). So far she loves it.

dentarthurdent on April 24, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Thanks guys. I am taking notes. :)

I have got all these written down for my trip to Florida. My Sister-in law and her husband own a range and a gun shop, so I should be able to shoot all of these before I buy.

melle1228 on April 24, 2013 at 7:59 PM

I have got all these written down for my trip to Florida. My Sister-in law and her husband own a range and a gun shop, so I should be able to shoot all of these before I buy.

melle1228 on April 24, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Well that’s even better than just handling them to see how they feel. Much better to be able to fire a few to help decide.
Good luck – and happy shootin.

dentarthurdent on April 24, 2013 at 8:35 PM

So I should be able to have an element of surprise? Can we remove suppressors from NFA then? A SBR would be nice too….just sayin…

clement on April 24, 2013 at 9:28 PM

So I should be able to have an element of surprise? Can we remove suppressors from NFA then? A SBR would be nice too….just sayin…

clement on April 24, 2013 at 9:28 PM

That would be great – but I’d like a rebate on my tax stamps. I’ve already got a pretty good-sized investment in stamps (and I know people who have over $10K in stamps).
It’d be nice to get some of that back.

And my nightstand guns have suppressors on them. Not so much for being sneaky as to protect what’s left of my hearing. Should I ever have to use them, it’s a simple matter to unscrew the can and put it in the safe before the deputies arrive.

Solaratov on April 24, 2013 at 9:51 PM

melle1228 on April 24, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Here, check out this website that I recently made as a hobby. Maybe it’ll be of help.
I plan to add something on gun selection when I get around to it.

(Don’t worry, it’s non-commercial, and I don’t make a dime on it. Purely for the love of shooting and sharing some info.)

justltl on April 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

And remember the cliché regarding a home defense weapon : a handgun is good for defending yourself while you’re making your way to the gun safe for your shotgun.

justltl on April 24, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Or AR! (I don’t want to even remotely sound like I’m indirectly supporting the nitwit Biden or the demented Feinstein.) But a shotgun is a damn fine home defense weapon and arguably the best one.

justltl on April 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM

“Feinstein has transitioned into one of the stupidest scumhags in DC. It’s a shame they don’t retire when they have a drop of decency left. May the creches engulf all of them, soon.
Schadenfreude on April 24, 2013 at 12:54 PM”

Geez, you are going to force me to defend Feinstein. I mean after all, with the current crop of stupid scumbags in DC I don’t see how she could be at the top. Lets just say she is in the top 5.

WillieD on April 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Our politicians like to feign that they don’t understand the simple words of the Second Amendment and the history behind the absolute need for the Second Amendment. It is not to protect yourself from a terrorist, but to protect yourself from your government. Please understand that NO government is benign; all governments want as much power as they can steal from the people. Disarming the citizenry is the ONLY way they can accomplish this. Once you are disarmed…you are a slave, property of the government to do with as they (any bureaucrat or government official) sees fit. (If you have a pretty daughter or wife…guess what, they belong to the government thugs.)

People need to start thinking about ‘worst-case’ scenarios, not about their next handout. Evil times are upon us and you can be either a victim or a survivor.

xmanvietnam on April 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM

I am far more alarmed at the police, all done up in faux military gear, ‘locking down’ Boston and then doing a warrantless house to house search with home owners under direct threat from the government.

The government blew the 4th out of the water and established a new threshold for government abuse…We have long seen the common police raid on the wrong house get passed off as sort of a ‘boys will be boys’ but this time we had them abuse an entire towns rights with nary a word said….

JIMV on April 25, 2013 at 6:16 PM

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