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For many on the liberal left, there is an awful and pervasive stereotype about gun owners that both offends and annoys with equal zeal.

That stereotype is that gun owners are all camo-wearing, southern, backwoods folk whose understanding of the Second Amendment boils down to either a mistrust of the government or an ingrained and horrible upbringing on the subject of guns.

Of course, anyone who has ever considered themselves a true proponent of the Second Amendment will tell you otherwise, citing the amount of legal and political knowledge that it takes to make the decision to vocally support the right to bear arms.

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Now, a new poll is backing up that reality.

A new study concludes gun owners remain one of the most politically active voting blocks in America. Political science researchers from the University of Kansas said this week gun owners vote more often, donate more often and contact their elected representatives more often, resulting in federal and state gun policies skewed away from the majority’s preference for more restrictions.

“Part of the reason majority opinions on gun control legislation aren’t turning into policy is that gun owners are a very strong political group who hold a lot of weight and hold a lot of influence despite being a minority in American politics,” said Abbie Vegter, a graduate student in political science, who worked on the study with political science professors Don Haider-Markel and Mark Joslyn.

This isn’t the first time Haider-Markel and Joslyn have analyzed the political behaviors of gun owners, either. Last year, the research team released a study concluding the divide between voting preferences of Americans who own guns and those who do not quadrupled between 1976 and 2012.

This well-educated populace explains why the liberal left are so utterly frustrated when it comes to battling against the Second Amendment, as they simply did not expect such a well-prepared opposition.



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