UPDATED: New Pew Survey shows that support for gun ownership increasing, mirrors other surveys showing that people believe guns make them safer

11 Dec , 2014  

The newly released Pew Research Center survey shows that 47 percent of Americans want to “protect the right of Americans to own guns” versus 50 percent who support “control of gun ownership.”  It also supports other polls by Gallup and CNN that show that opposition to more gun control has been increasing over time.…



Gallup Survey Shows how people’s views on the benefits of guns has change over the last 15 years

10 Nov , 2014  

According to Gallup, there has been a massive increase in the percent of the population who views that safety is increased by having guns in the home.  With the exception of Democrats, every single demographic group that Gallup breaks out thinks that having a gun in the home makes people safer (even women by a a 58 to 34 percent majority).…


So much for the claim that “Nine out of 10 Americans support [expanded] background checks”

5 Nov , 2014  

It is frequently claimed that 90 percent of Americans support the expanded background check bills that are being considered before different legislatures, though other surveys indicate that support for the actual bills is below 50 percent.

Well, gun control advocates were able to write up their own initiative (594) and put it on the ballot in Washington State.…

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Gallup survey on why people own guns: Personal safety is by far the #1 reason

2 Nov , 2014  

Gallup claims that concerns about personal protection is the reason that support for more gun control has dropped to 47 percent, with 52 percent wanting to either keep the current regulations or eliminate some of them.

Personal protection is the top reason Americans own a gun, as was true in 2000 and 2005.


New PEW poll shows that 31% of consistently liberal people “unhappy” if family member marries gun owner, about 17% of liberals think only police should own guns

14 Aug , 2014  

UPDATE PEW Survey data on protecting right to own guns/supporting more gun control.

The PEW Research Center survey results are available here.


Do people feel safer if they own guns in the home?

29 Mar , 2014  

Despite the constant onslaught exaggerating the risks of guns in the home (see also here), YouGov has a new survey finding that “42% of Americans would feel safer with a gun in the house, while 20% would feel less safe.” And it turns out that they have good reason for feeling that way (see here and here).…


Fox News Poll: By 2-to-1 margin Americans believe in More Guns, Less Crime

9 Feb , 2014  

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This result is from a Fox News poll given from January 15-17, 2013, and so it was done right after the Newtown attack. Presumably the results at other times would have been even more lopsided.

Still the Fox News survey is possibly biased in that it compares a complete ban with some more gun ownership.…



CPRC at Fox News: “ABC News reports on guns mislead Americans”

7 Feb , 2014  

John Lott’s piece at Fox News started this way:

Gun control advocates not only push new fees and taxes on guns to reduce ownership, but they also employ another tactic: scaring people into not owning guns.

Last week, on January 31, ABC News saturated its news programs with the alleged danger of gun ownership.

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Newest Fox News piece: “1 year after Newtown, support for stricter gun control has disappeared”

13 Dec , 2013  

A New op-ed piece by John Lott starts this way:

President Obama has pushed hard for gun control this year and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent millions of dollars on ads, but the administration’s promise to coordinate “a November lobbying effort and plan events to commemorate the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut” has gotten little traction.

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Polls consistently show that over the last couple decades more people are opposing more gun control

8 Dec , 2013  

The most recent CNN poll shows more people ever recorded opposing more gun control (UPDATED CNN poll). From CNN, 52% of Americans oppose stricter gun control. The previous high opposition was 55% in September 2014. The average opposition since 1989 was 40%, so the current opposition is 12% higher than the average.…