October 12, 2009
Discussion Topic: Gallup Poll Reveals Pro-Gun Trend
By Dave Hurteau
Gallup finds a new low of 44% of Americans saying the laws covering firearm sales should be made more strict. That is down 5 points in the last year and 34 points from the high of 78% recorded the first time the question was asked, in 1990. . . .
The poll also shows a new low in the percentage of Americans favoring a ban on handgun possession except by the police and other authorized persons, a question that dates back to 1959. Only 28% now favor such a ban. The high point in support for a handgun-possession ban was 60% in the initial measurement in 1959. . . .
According to Gallup’s research, this pro-gun trend is not due to a growth in personal gun ownership (which has been steady at about 30%), nor to an increase in household gun ownership (steady in the low 40% range), nor is it a specific reaction to the election of a Democratic president.
So what’s your best guess? Why are American’s becoming more pro-gun?