Support for gun control among Americans has fallen to the lowest level since 2014, according to a new Gallup poll. Zusha Elinson reports in The Wall Street Journal:
Americans’ support for stricter gun-control measures has fallen to its lowest level since 2014, according to a poll released Wednesday by Gallup.
The results of the October survey come as the number of violent crimes, including murder, has risen and after Americans purchased a record number of guns in 2020.
According to the poll, 52% of U.S. adults say they want stricter gun laws—down from 67% in 2018 after a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., left 17 people dead. Democrats overwhelmingly support stricter measures in the recent survey, while 24% of Republicans do; 11% of U.S. adults polled say they want less-restrictive laws.
The percentage of Americans who support a ban on the possession of handguns fell to 19%, the lowest rate ever recorded by Gallup. Support peaked at 60% when Gallup first asked the question in 1959. The highest recorded rates of support that Gallup found for stricter gun-control laws were in the 1990s.
The number of homicides in the U.S. rose nearly 30% in 2020 from the prior year to 21,570, the largest single-year increase ever recorded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The violent-crime rate rose 5.2% last year compared with the previous year, while the property-crime rate dipped 8.1%, according to the FBI.
Gallup found that 88% of U.S. gun owners now say they own a gun to protect themselves against crime, up from two-thirds in 2005.
Action Line: Americans have responded to the summer of riots, looting, and violence encouraged by Democratic politicians by arming themselves and their families in the face of danger. Many new gun owners are women, who have previously been less likely to buy a firearm. Now, today’s suburban female voter is saying “You ain’t takin’ my guns.” If you feel unsafe in your city, it’s time to get your gun and your training, now.
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