Gov’t gets poor marks on protecting gun rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new
poll finds that a growing number of Americans are questioning the
federal government's stewardship of the right to bear arms.

When
Americans were asked how the government is doing on protecting a variety
of rights spelled out in the Bill of Rights and federal law, they
pointed to slippage almost everywhere. But the slide was most dramatic
on guns and voting rights.

According to the poll from the AP-NORC
Center for Public Affairs Research, 44 percent of Americans think the
government is doing a good job safeguarding the right to keep and bear
arms. That's down from 57 percent two years earlier. Republicans and
independents were far more likely than Democrats to give the government
poor marks for protecting gun rights.