Do American's Really Want Stronger Gun Control Laws?
I confess that I have a military background and have been a lifelong member of the NRA—that is the National Rifle Association, not the National Restaurant Association, or some other group that goes by that acronym. I am an avid supporter of Second Amendment Rights. Believe it or not, the majority of Americans today feel as I do. Contrary to what many of you reading this would like to believe, the majority of Americans today are not in favor of stronger gun control laws.
- Are you a supporter of laws to ban handguns?
- The real scoop on banning semiautomatic weapons or assault rifles.
- What are the feelings of Americans about laws governing the purchasing of firearms?
- What does sex have to do with it?
- What does this mean for Americans like me and for America as a whole?
Are you a supporter of laws to ban handguns?
If you are in favor of laws that would take handguns out of the hands of everyone except police officers and other duly appointed peace officers, you are in the minority. According to Gallup's annual crime poll that was conducted between October 6th and October 9th of 2011, only 26 percent of all Americans polled were in favor of laws disarming law abiding American citizens. When Gallup first polled people on handgun control in 1959, 60 percent favored banning handguns, today only 26 percent favor the banning of handguns. Since 1975, the vast majority of Americans—reaching 70 percent in recent years—oppose laws banning handguns in the United states.
The real scoop on banning semiautomatic weapons or assault rifles.
Since Gallup first polled Americans on laws pertaining to the banning of semiautomatic rifles or assault rifles in the United states in 1996, the percentages have reversed themselves. In 1996, 57 percent favored such laws while only 43 percent opposed them. Today, 53 percent oppose such laws while only 43 percent favor them.
What are the feelings of Americans about laws governing the purchasing of firearms?
In 1991, 78 percent of the Americans polled favored stricter laws, today only 43 percent favor stricter laws. In 1991, only 17 percent felt the laws governing the purchasing of guns should be kept as they currently were, today 44 percent feel that gun laws should remain as they are. In 1991, only 2 percent felt that the laws governing the buying of guns should be less strict, today 11 percent feel that they should be less restrictive.
What does sex have to do with it?
In 1991 59 percent of men and 76 percent of women advocated stronger gun control laws, today those numbers have fallen to 37 percent of men and 50 percent of women, a decrease of 22 and 26 percentage points respectively.
What does this mean for Americans like me and for America as a whole?
Americans are finally waking up and smelling the coffee. Disarming the honest citizenry will only empower the criminal elements because they will have all the guns and the citizen they prey on will be defenseless against them. Criminals will always be able to get guns no matter how many laws are passed to make it harder for the honest, law abiding citizen to buy and own them.
Read the complete Gallup News report for yourself here.