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    Post Support for Stricter U.S. Gun Laws at Lowest Level Since 2016

    https://news.gallup.com/poll/325004/...evel-2016.aspx

    Support for Stricter U.S. Gun Laws at Lowest Level Since 2016

    STORY HIGHLIGHTS
    57% want stricter gun laws, 9% less strict, 34% want them kept as they are
    GOP support for stricter gun laws has fallen 14 points since 2019 to new 22% low
    25% of Americans favor a handgun ban in the U.S., near record low


    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In the absence of a high-profile mass shooting in the U.S. in 2020 and amid the coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest related to racial justice issues and the contentious presidential election campaign, Americans are less likely than they have been since 2016 to call for increased gun control. The latest majority (57%) in the U.S. who call for stricter laws covering the sale of firearms marks a seven-percentage-point decline since last year. At the same time, 34% of U.S. adults prefer that gun laws be kept as they are now, while 9% would like them to be less strict.



    Gallup has been tracking the public's views on this measure since 1990, when a record-high 78% of Americans supported stricter laws for gun sales as the nation's crime rate was rising. A majority of Americans held that position until 2008. Support then fell to a low of 43% in 2011, when an equal number said gun laws should be kept as is, but calls for stricter laws increased sharply to 58% in 2012 after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

    Since the early 1990s, Americans' preferences for tougher gun control have generally peaked in the wake of prominent mass shootings and waned as the memory of each fades. A recent example was the 2018 school massacre in Parkland, Florida, after which support for increased gun control hit 67%. Support remained near that level last year in two readings taken after mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, on consecutive days in August.

    Americans' Preferences for Gun Control Vary by Demographic Group
    There are sharp differences in views of gun control within a number of key demographic groups in the latest findings from Gallup's annual Crime poll, conducted Sept. 30-Oct. 15. Majorities of women, Democrats, independents, those who do not own guns, residents of the Eastern and Western U.S., and city and suburban residents all support stricter gun laws. At the same time, these groups' counterparts are more supportive of keeping gun laws as they are now or making them less strict.

    Among these groups, the largest gap in support for more stringent gun laws is for partisans. The current 22% of Republicans favoring stricter laws for gun sales is the lowest for the group over the past 20 years and represents a 14-point drop since 2019. Meanwhile, the percentages of Democrats and independents calling for more gun control are near the highest recorded by Gallup since 2000. The 63-point gap between Republicans and Democrats is the highest on record over the past two decades.



    Support for Handgun Ban Remains Weak
    Americans' support for a ban on the possession of handguns, at 25%, is near the lowest on record in Gallup's 40-year trend. The latest reading, which is down 18 points from its 1991 high, is a slight decline from last year's 29%. Currently, 74% of U.S. adults say such a ban should not be put in place.



    While there is a 31-point gap between the views of Republicans and Democrats on this measure, less than half of Democrats (41%) support a handgun ban.

    Gallup's update of gun ownership in the same poll finds essentially no change in the trend from recent years. The 32% saying they personally own a gun is up slightly, but not statistically significantly, from the 30% average rate of personal gun ownership from 2017-2019.

    This may seem contrary to recent news that an estimated 5 million Americans have become new gun owners thus far in 2020 amid surging gun sales; however, that number represents about 2% of the U.S. adult public, which is not enough to detect in a poll of roughly 1,000 U.S. respondents, with the standard 4-percentage-point margin of sampling error. Gallup will be looking at whether today's slightly higher rates continue in future measurements.

    Bottom Line
    In a year that has seen record-high gun sales, Americans' appetite for gun control is the lowest it has been since 2016, before mass shootings in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Parkland, Florida. There has not been a major mass shooting in the U.S. since mid-2019 -- which may explain the decline in support for stricter gun laws, given that the trend on this measure has shown that such events tend to drive public opinion. In addition, there has been a sharp drop in Republicans' support for stricter gun laws over the past year as the nation has dealt with the pandemic, civil unrest and the presidential election.

    View complete question responses and trends (PDF download). https://news.gallup.com/file/poll/32...116GunLaws.pdf
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    This is good news but I am not sure it will matter. If Biden and the Dems are at the helm they will push it all the harder until they succeed. As to no mass shootings since 2019. The Biden crowd will orchestrate them in 2021.

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    Default Re: Support for Stricter U.S. Gun Laws at Lowest Level Since 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by Wilderness 1864 View Post
    This is good news but I am not sure it will matter. If Biden and the Dems are at the helm they will push it all the harder until they succeed. As to no mass shootings since 2019. The Biden crowd will orchestrate them in 2021.
    No doubt !!

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    Default Re: Support for Stricter U.S. Gun Laws at Lowest Level Since 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by Wilderness 1864 View Post
    This is good news but I am not sure it will matter. If Biden and the Dems are at the helm they will push it all the harder until they succeed. As to no mass shootings since 2019. The Biden crowd will orchestrate them in 2021.
    They will have full cooperation from the media to promote gun ban propaganda. Ever notice the media's new buzz word is "pro gun control" to confuse the public. Most people are use to seeing " pro gun" for gun rights . So when an article reads; " Senator X is pro gun control" it might just fool gun owners into thinking the senator is for gun rights.

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    Default Re: Support for Stricter U.S. Gun Laws at Lowest Level Since 2016

    I suspect if they jump on 2a infringement right away, we will see congress flip to republican. History will repeat itself.

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    Default Re: Support for Stricter U.S. Gun Laws at Lowest Level Since 2016

    Especially considering 150 million have been killed by gun violence in the last 10 years according to Joe.

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    Default Re: Support for Stricter U.S. Gun Laws at Lowest Level Since 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by DukeConnor View Post
    I suspect if they jump on 2a infringement right away, we will see congress flip to republican. History will repeat itself.
    Yeah but the damage to gun rights would be done. Take the Clinton gun ban. It passes in 1992. Both houses of congress flip in 1994 with Clinton blaming the NRA and his "assault weapons" ban for the GOP takeover. A bill to overturn it gets through the house but fail to get to the Senate. and Clinton wins a 2nd term. The Clinton ban law remains in effect until 2004 thanks to the expiration date. My point don't expect the GOP to overturn anything Biden manages to pass with a democrat congress.

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    Default Re: Support for Stricter U.S. Gun Laws at Lowest Level Since 2016

    Nuh uh! I keep hearing that 90% of US Amereicans support universal back ground checks, and comprehensive common sense gun violence legislation.

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    Default Re: Support for Stricter U.S. Gun Laws at Lowest Level Since 2016

    Who the hell are they polling? There have got to be way more people who want less regulation.

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    Default Re: Support for Stricter U.S. Gun Laws at Lowest Level Since 2016

    Give it two months from now....
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