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12.3% of Americans sometimes carry handguns, 5.4% of Americans carry most or all the time, & 2.4% carry all the time

14 Jul , 2017  

One of the big questions about concealed carry is how frequently permit holders carry their guns.  At least 6.5% of the adult population has a concealed handgun permit, but with 14 states allowing people to carry without a permit, it is hard to know how many people actually carry.  But a new Pew Research Center Survey makes it possible to estimate the percentage of the adult population in the US carries guns with them and how frequently they carry them, though their number would include both concealed and open carry.  …

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At Fox News: “A Women’s March on the NRA – but do they represent a woman’s view on guns?”

13 Jul , 2017  

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Fox News about the claim that there is a “women’s view” on guns.

Is there a women’s view on guns? The organizers of the massive Women’s March — which took place the day after President Trump’s inauguration — are holding a protest against the National Rifle Association on Friday. 

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At The Hill newspaper: “The media plays dishonest numbers game with guns”

24 Jun , 2017  

Dr. John Lott’s latest op-ed in The Hill newspaper starts this way:

A brand new PEW Research Center survey last week shows that gun ownership by households is up to 42 percent — an increase of 5 percentage points in the past four years.

dYet, few mainstream media outlets announced the increase.

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Views on guns might be changing in the UK

7 Jun , 2017  

A new poll from Sky News finds that there is massive support for arming police with guns:

The vast majority of Britons support routinely arming police officers in the UK, a Sky Data poll reveals.

Some 72% of the public say police officers should be routinely armed, while 20% think the police should not carry guns as a matter of routine.

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Remember those claims that 80 to 90% of Americans wanted expanded background checks?: Well, no so much support for specific bills

1 Dec , 2016  

UPDATE January 27, 2014: In a new national ad, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords again implies that since 90% of Americans support background checks that means that they will support the legislation that she is pushing.

“What is Congress afraid of? Nine out of 10 Americans support background checks. They make it harder for criminals and the mentally ill to get guns.

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Problems with the new Harvard-Northeastern Gun Survey

21 Sep , 2016  

The new Harvard-Northeastern survey is very disappointing. There are two points to this survey.  That the percentage of the population owning guns is falling and that a very small percent of the population is buying a huge number of guns.  The new book The War on Guns has a chapter showing that both of these points are inaccurate.

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New Fox News piece: “Gun ownership is up in America. So why isn’t the media telling you about it?”

9 Sep , 2016  

Dr. John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

Two weeks ago, the PEW Research Center released a survey showing that gun ownership by households is up to 44% — a 7-percentage point increase in the past two years. Another 5% of households won’t reveal whether they own a gun.  

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New Gallup Poll: By almost 2-to-1 Americans think arming more people with concealed carry guns will help prevent terrorism

19 Jun , 2016  

The rest of the Gallup Poll results are available here.  There are other poll numbers there that show support for other gun control laws.  Links are here regarding the questions on an assault weapon ban and the No-fly list.

 

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New CNN Poll Shows that few Americans believe that Obama’s Executive Actions will make a difference, but they still support it

12 Jan , 2016  

According to CNN, only 41% of Americans think that Obama’s executive regulations will reduce the number of gun-related deaths, but 67% still support it, with 43% saying that they strongly support the move.  This raises the concern that Republicans harping only on whether Obama’s actions are legal leaves Americans to believe that Obama is at least trying to do something.  …

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More Americans view letting more people carrying concealed handguns as a better solution to terrorism than stricter gun control

19 Dec , 2015  

There has been a sharp rise in concern over terrorism, with few Americans believing that the government can stop lone-wolf attacks (22-77 percent) and not many more can stop a large scale attack (43-56 percent).  A new Gallup poll shows that terrorism has become the number one issue on voters’ minds (16% rank terrorism as the number one issue, 13% say government, and 9% say the economy).…

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