OT: Gallup Releases Gun Control Poll

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Submitted by Huckleberry on November 4, 2011 - 6:39pm

http://www.gallup.com/poll/150341/Record...

PRINCETON, NJ -- A record-low 26% of Americans favor a legal ban on the
possession of handguns in the United States other than by police and other
authorized people. When Gallup first asked Americans this question in 1959,
60% favored banning handguns. But since 1975, the majority of Americans have
opposed such a measure, with opposition around 70% in recent years.

 Do you think there should or should not be a law that would ban the possession of handguns, except by the police and other authorized persons?
 

The results are based on Gallup's annual Crime poll, conducted Oct. 6-9.
This year's poll finds support for a variety of gun-control measures at
historical lows, including the ban on handguns, which is Gallup's longest
continuing gun-control trend.

For the first time, Gallup finds greater opposition to than support for a
ban on semiautomatic guns or assault rifles, 53% to 43%. In the initial
asking of this question in 1996, the numbers were nearly reversed, with 57%
for and 42% against an assault rifle ban. Congress passed such a ban in
1994, but the law expired when Congress did not act to renew it in 2004.
Around the time the law expired, Americans were about evenly divided in
their views.

 Are you for or against a law which would make it illegal to manufacture, sell, or possess semiautomatic guns known as assault rifles?
 

Additionally, support for the broader concept of making gun laws "more
strict" is at its lowest by one percentage point (43%). Forty-four percent
prefer that gun laws be kept as they are now, while 11% favor less strict
laws.

As recently as 2007, a majority of Americans still favored stricter laws,
which had been the dominant view since Gallup first asked the question in
1990.

 In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?
 

Americans' preference regarding gun laws is generally that the government
enforce existing laws more strictly and not pass new laws (60%) rather than
pass new gun laws in addition to stricter enforcement of existing laws
(35%). That has been the public's view since Gallup first asked the question
in 2000; the 60% this year who want stricter enforcement but no new laws is
tied for the high in the trend.

 enforce the current gun laws more strictly and NOT pass new gun laws (or) pass new gun laws in addition to enforcing the current laws more strictly]?
 

Support for Stricter Gun Laws Down Among Key Subgroups

All key subgroups show less support for stricter gun laws, and for a ban
on handguns, than they did 20 years ago. In 1991, 68% of Americans favored
stricter gun laws and 43% favored a ban on handguns. Those percentages are
43% and 26%, respectively, today.

Relatively few key subgroups favor stricter gun-control laws today,
whereas in 1991, all did. Since then, Democrats' views have shown less
change, with a 10-point decline in the percentage favoring stricter laws.
Republicans show a much larger decline of 35 points. In addition to
Democrats, majorities of Eastern residents and those without guns in their
household still favor stricter gun laws.

Percentage Favoring Stricter Laws Covering the Sale of Firearms, by Subgroup, 1991 and 2011 Gallup Polls
 

Democrats, Eastern residents, members of gun non-owning households, and
women were among the few subgroups to favor a ban on handguns in 1991, but
now no key subgroup has a majority in favor. Those with guns in their
household are least likely to favor a handgun ban.

Percentage Favoring a Ban on Handguns, by Subgroup, 1991 and 2011 Gallup Polls
 

Implications

Americans have shifted to a more pro-gun view on gun laws, particularly
in recent years, with record-low support for a ban on handguns, an assault
rifle ban, and stricter gun laws in general. This is the case even as
high-profile incidents of gun violence continue in the United States, such
as the January shootings at a meeting for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in
Arizona.

The reasons for the shift do not appear related to reactions to the crime
situation, as Gallup's Crime poll shows no major shifts in the trends in
Americans' perceptions of crime, fear of crime, or reports of being
victimized by crime in recent years. Nor does it appear to be tied to an
increase in gun ownership, which has been around 40% since 2000, though it
is a slightly higher 45% in this year's update. The 2011 updates on these
trends will appear on Gallup.com in the coming days.

Perhaps the trends are a reflection of the American public's acceptance
of guns. In 2008, Gallup found

widespread agreement
with the idea that the Second Amendment of the U.S.
Constitution guarantees the right of Americans to own guns. Americans may
also be moving toward more libertarian views in some areas, one example of
which is

greater support for legalizing marijuana use
. Diminished support for
gun-control laws may also be tied to the lack of major gun-control
legislation efforts in Congress in recent years.

Submitted by desmond on November 5, 2011 - 7:56am.

Go try and buy a gun, you have to stand in line. If you go to a place like Bass Pro Shop you can't even get to the counter there are so many people.

Submitted by Blogstar on November 5, 2011 - 8:05am.

desmond wrote:
Go try and buy a gun, you have to stand in line. If you go to a place like Bass Pro Shop you can't even get to the counter there are so many people.

There are a lot of people who want to shoot bass?

Submitted by sdrealtor on November 5, 2011 - 10:43am.

CLASSIC!!

Submitted by CDMA ENG on November 5, 2011 - 8:51pm.

Jacarandoso wrote:
desmond wrote:
Go try and buy a gun, you have to stand in line. If you go to a place like Bass Pro Shop you can't even get to the counter there are so many people.

There are a lot of people who want to shoot bass?

The american stripped bass is better armed than most people think... And therefore must be fished with caution.

CE

Submitted by Blogstar on November 5, 2011 - 8:57pm.

I did want to actually shoot a bass once , the sonofabitch mad-dogged me out at the lake. Made me drop my damn Budweiser.

Submitted by poorgradstudent on November 7, 2011 - 9:30am.

Not shocking, considering the rate of violent crime continues to fall, despite being in a recession. What I'm seeing from the data is a lot of folks saying "whatever we are doing now is working, so let's not try to mess with it". In the 90s there was a lot more gun-violence than there is today, gangs were much more prevalent, which was a big part of why gun control was a bigger issue.

Submitted by desmond on December 4, 2011 - 12:36pm.

desmond wrote:
Go try and buy a gun, you have to stand in line. If you go to a place like Bass Pro Shop you can't even get to the counter there are so many people.

Just stating facts, please keep the pathetic jokes to a minimum:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/black-frid...

Submitted by sdrealtor on December 4, 2011 - 1:29pm.

Tin Foil hat sales are smashing records also

Submitted by svelte on December 4, 2011 - 5:19pm.

Yeah. Remember 30-40 years ago when people were out installing bomb shelters in their yard? I knew several families with them!

Ah well...I guess they make great wine cellars right now.

Gun purchases appear to be paranoia's flavor of the month this decade. Although I can't quite figure out how they will help with America's alcohol intake in another 30-40 years.

Submitted by Allan from Fallbrook on December 4, 2011 - 5:57pm.

svelte wrote:
Yeah. Remember 30-40 years ago when people were out installing bomb shelters in their yard? I knew several families with them!

Ah well...I guess they make great wine cellars right now.

Gun purchases appear to be paranoia's flavor of the month this decade. Although I can't quite figure out how they will help with America's alcohol intake in another 30-40 years.

Svelte: Guns and alcohol make a wonderful combination! Just ask Pancho Villa.

Submitted by Blogstar on December 5, 2011 - 1:58pm.

This thread needs more pathetic jokes.

Submitted by Arraya on December 5, 2011 - 3:09pm.

Jacarandoso wrote:
This thread needs more pathetic jokes.

Why are proctologists so gloomy?
They always have the end in sight.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on December 5, 2011 - 3:18pm.

Two muffins are in an oven.

One muffin says to the other, "damn it's hot in here."

the other muffin says "AIIIEee! A talking muffin!"

Submitted by Allan from Fallbrook on December 5, 2011 - 3:22pm.

What do you call a boomerang that doesn't come back?

A stick.

Submitted by Blogstar on December 5, 2011 - 3:27pm.

What do you call a snake that gives a concert?

A boa conductor.

Submitted by desmond on December 6, 2011 - 10:27am.

I understand most of this board would be better off with pepper spray in their satchels, but this is a definite trend that is happening, just like many other things to keep in mind.

Submitted by svelte on December 6, 2011 - 12:50pm.

desmond wrote:
I understand most of this board would be better off with pepper spray in their satchels, but this is a definite trend that is happening, just like many other things to keep in mind.

Oh I agree it's a trend that probably reflects other trends.

It's my theory that people are buying guns to shoot zombies, due to the astounding increase in zombie sightings lately.

Submitted by poorgradstudent on December 6, 2011 - 4:34pm.

svelte wrote:
desmond wrote:
I understand most of this board would be better off with pepper spray in their satchels, but this is a definite trend that is happening, just like many other things to keep in mind.

Oh I agree it's a trend that probably reflects other trends.

It's my theory that people are buying guns to shoot zombies, due to the astounding increase in zombie sightings lately.


My friend bought a handgun a couple years ago, and although he won't admit it, I know at least 5-10% of his reason why was just in case of zombies.

Submitted by svelte on December 7, 2011 - 1:41am.

not sure if you are serious or not, pgs, but i love the story either way!

Submitted by desmond on January 28, 2013 - 9:31am.

Read the posters who know are yelling gun control, it was such a "joke" for them not that long ago. I tried to point out what was happening and read some of the responses, especially from blogstar. Very typical

Submitted by Blogstar on January 28, 2013 - 4:15pm.

desmond wrote:
Read the posters who know are yelling gun control, it was such a "joke" for them not that long ago. I tried to point out what was happening and read some of the responses, especially from blogstar. Very typical

Go shoot a quail , or something, desmond.

Submitted by Bubblesitter on January 28, 2013 - 7:23pm.

Look at the date of the Gallup Poll.....Oct 2011.

I wonder what the poll would show if it was taken today. Post Newtown.

NRA botched the Newtown response and now viewed by many as in the pocket of gun manufacturers.

I've always been pro 2nd amendment, even was member of NRA a few years back. Semi-automatic modern AR-15 class weapons should be closely regulated.

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