We all know the old adage, there are lies, damned lies and statistics, however in this case the statistics revealed in recent polls are supported by legislative measures all across the country. America is known for her love of guns, guns have been a hallmark of Americana since America became America. The near universal acceptance of an openly “armed society” changed drastically after the Civil War, with much of the South especially being practically disarmed for a long period of time. Prohibition Era gangland wars in the early 20th century resulted in more desire to “control” guns in America. Even in modern times, polling and legislation has been in favor of increasing that “gun control.”
Ahhh, but times they are a changin’.
Polling AND legislation, specifically in the last year, have taken a decided turn back towards America’s pro-gun roots. The most recent poll from Rasmussen reveals that Americans Prefer Living in Neighborhoods With Guns. Not only does this confirm previous polls, but it is in keeping with legislative changes across the country as well.
In the poll they found (with a 95% level of confidence) that,
“American Voters overwhelming prefer living in a neighborhood where they have the option of owning a gun than to live where nobody is allowed to be armed.”
- 68% of respondents said they would feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed.
- 22% would feel safer in a gun-free neighborhood.
- 10% weren’t sure.
- (To see survey question wording, click here.)
This poll focused on “Likely U.S. Voters” which reflects the shift in gun-related legislation occurring across the country.
- Kansas eliminated its permit requirements for carrying handguns, now Kansans will be free to carry legally owned handguns openly or concealed without a license, also known as “constitutional carry.”
- Maine, West Virginia and New Hampshire also passed “constitutional carry” bills through their legislatures, but faced Governor vetoes, Maine’s legislation may still pass into law without Gov. LePage’s signature. Ironically, Gov. LePage, who is very pro-gun, has refused to sign the “constitutional carry” legislation because he feels the minimum age limit to carry, 21, is too high and would prefer it to be 18 (legal adult and military age).
- Even Texas, one of the last remaining handful of states with no legal open carry of handguns, passed licensed open carry and campus carry this year, signed by Gov. Abbott at a gun range followed by some target practice.
In December 2014, two tears after Newtown’s Sandy Hook shooting, a Pew Reseach poll showed, for the first time in the history of the poll, that a clear majority of Americans favor Gun Rights over Gun Control, by a margin of 52% to 46%.
A Gallup poll from last year showed that six out of ten Americans say guns make a home safer.
Rasmussen, Pew Research and Gallup are among the most respected and trusted polling agencies in the world. Supported by a dramatic shift in gun legislation, it could easily be argued that America is experiencing a pro-gun “armed society” renaissance. Although these same pollsters found that many Americans believe crime is up, and/or on the rise in America, all of the crime reporting statistics show a consistent and continuing DECREASE in crime. With an explosion in background checks and gun sales over the last few years, it would seem to validate the long standing pro-gun argument that More Guns do appear to equal Less Crime. In any case, American societal attitudes towards guns appear to be undergoing a major shift towards the gun-friendly and self-reliant.