For the first time in over two decades, more Americans support gun rights over gun control.
The Pew Research Center released a survey today on America’s perception on gun rights vs gun control. The results were surprising. For the first time in over two decades, more Americans thought it was more important to protect the right to carry firearms over the control of firearms. The division between gun rights and gun control has always been close among the public, but for the first time 53% say it’s more important to protect the rights of gun owners to 46% who say it’s more important to control gun ownership. The report states that after a bump in public opinion for gun control happened in December 2012 – the same month the Newton School Shooting happened – gun rights had slowly started gaining momentum.
More amazing, Blacks have changed their views on gun ownership with 54% saying owning a gun protects them from being a victim of crime, compared to two years ago which was 29%. That’s a +25% difference in just two years! Still, more Blacks overall still support gun control over gun rights, with the split being 60% to 34% respectively.
Another significant change happened between age demographics. Younger generations have traditionally favored gun control over gun rights, but the recent survey shows they are now more evenly split. The 18-29 demographic are essentially split between gun rights and gun control with 47% to 52% respectively. All the while, 30-49 demographic are equally split among gun rights and gun control with 49% each.
For a while now the National Rifle Association (NRA) has lobbied Congress hard to loosen gun control restrictions to surprisingly great effect. After a survey like this, it wouldn’t be surprising – if not inevitable – for them to push more gun rights legislation through a Republican controlled Congress.
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