A new poll shows that Gabby Giffords’ home state of Arizona is abandoning gun control, partly because fears of imported jihadism are growing.
According to the Arizona Daily Star, the poll was conducted by the Behavior Research Center (BRC), which found that a large portion of the 48 percent of Arizonans who supported more gun control in the wake of Sandy Hook have now changed their position, with only 33 percent favoring more gun control.
Forty-eight percent of Arizonans “think the current level of gun control is just fine.” That figure represents a 10-percent increase from the poll taken after Sandy Hook.
BRC found that support for gun control “dropped among all political and age groups.”
Pollster Earl de Berge said he believes the change, in part, is due to concerns spawned by Muslims immigrating to the U.S. after September 11 and the rise of ISIS, citing fears of “Islamic terrorist extremists…in our midst.” He believes this outweighs memories of the attack on Giffords in Tucson four years ago, or the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary over two years ago.
The news of waning support for gun control comes less than two months after the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and other members of the gun control lobby floated Arizona as a possible state in which to pursue a ballot initiative for more gun control.
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