Americans Dissatisfied With Current Gun Laws But Still Supportive of Second Amendment

In the aftermath of the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut, Gallup has found that the number of Americans open to greater restrictions on guns has taken an upswing going from 25 percent in support of tighter restrictions to 38 percent. Despite this, Americans are not keen on ending their Second Amendment rights. Despite this, Gallup also found that Americans are not keen on ending their Second Amendment rights.

Each year Gallup conducts its Mood of the Nation survey which contains one question on gun control asking if respondents are satisfied or dissatisfied with the nation’s laws or policies on guns. If the respondent answers in the affirmative, a follow up question is asked. The respondent is asked if laws are too strict, not strict enough, or should remain the same.

After nearly ten years showing little change in the national mood on gun laws, Gallup found a 13 point rise in those wanting harsher restrictions with 38 percent of respondents saying they are dissatisfied and want stricter gun laws. Only five percent said they were dissatisfied but want fewer restrictions.

The poll also found that 68 percent of Democrats want gun laws to be more strict while only 18 percent of Republican respondents want tougher restrictions.

Despite these results, Gallup has also found that Americans are generally supportive of the Second Amendment and do not want to lose their right to self-protection. A poll at the end of December, for instance, found that 74 percent of respondents are against handgun bans.

Further, opponents of banning so-called “assault rifles” still slightly out number banners. 51 percent oppose banning “assault weapons” while only 44% are for such a ban.

With the full court press that the Old Media establishment and the Obama administration has dedicated to pushing gun bans and stricter gun laws, the uptick in numbers has been perhaps less than one might expect. With the heavy anti-gun push in full swing, these results show that even with heavy media pressure most Americans still support their Second Amendment rights.

One question on this particular polls looms, however. Since gun laws are essentially a state issue, one has to wonder how Americans would feel about the gun laws in their own states? Since every state but one (Illinois) now has voter supported concealed carry laws, one has to wonder if Americans feel the gun laws in their own states need to be strengthened? It’s one thing to ask a question generalized to “the nation” but quite another to ask Americans if they favor actual restrictions right at home.

This reservation about Gallup’s results can be likened to the question of the likeability of Congress. Few Americans have a very high opinion of Congress as a body. But when asked about their own congressman they have a much higher opinion often by many magnitudes.

Would real-life gun restrictions that hit Americans at home find similar percentages as Gallup’s generalized polling? We will never know unless these questions are broken down by state.

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  • jim_m

    The left has lost this issue and they know it. That is why they are trying to capitalize on Sandy Hook and force gun control on everyone.

    This is their only chance. Because polling shows that they have already lost the next generation:

    Sixty percent of high school and college students say they plan on owning guns at a later stage in life, an academic study from American University revealed on Monday.

    And as I said the left knows this. Here are the study author’s comments

    “The next generation plans on owning guns, so if we want to avoid the tragedies that we’ve seen… we obviously need to move quickly and if an executive order is the way to do it, then that is the way the to do it,” she said.

    In other words people still want to own guns so the only choice we have is to pass laws before these people start voting. We must take away their rights before they have a chance to act to defend them.

  • herddog505

    Who did they ask? If they are asking people who don’ t own guns and therefore know little or nothing of what the laws ARE beyond ZOMG! GUNSHOW LOOPHOLE!, then I’ d say that the surveys are a little misleading.

    Or perhaps that’s the intent.

    • GarandFan

      If the currently proposed DO SOMETHING laws were actually demonstrated to the public – with actual weapons, the public would be pissed.

      A Remington 66 – not an ‘assault weapon’ – semi-automatic, it holds FOURTEEN .22 rounds. A Ruger 10/22? Semi-automatic ‘ASSAULT WEAPON’ – it has a 10 round detachable magazine. See the difference?

      Springfield M1A. With a military style flash suppressor, it’s an ASSAULT WEAPON! Replace with a Kalifornia Kompensator – it’s NOT an ‘assault weapon’. 10 round magazine, it’s an ‘ASSAULT WEAPON’ in New York. 7 round magazine? Oh, it’s okay now.

      Any bets that King Barry’s proposed ‘reporting’ by mental health officials will die an quick, QUIET death? Wouldn’t want to trample on anyone’s rights, now would we?

      • jim_m

        The mental health reporting will fade fast. Barry isn’t interested in anything other than an outright ban on guns. Actually helping people is not on the agenda.

        • herddog505

          Not so. Consider the path the ObamaCare: if he and the libs can gin up a “mental health care crisis” as they did the health care crisis, that’s another 2000-page document that nobody will read until it’s passed in the dead of night. Just imagine what all he could stuff into it that would help people.

          Help democrat people line their pockets, that is.

      • JWH

        How many magazines do I get with a subscription?

    • MartinLandauCalrissian

      Yeah. No such thing as a “gun show loophole,” really.

  • Paul Hooson

    Our family really lost a love for guns after a close relative, a 16 year old top honors student died from an accidental gun shot wound during a hunting accident. Regardless, like most Americans, I strongly support the Bill Of Rights, and oppose any chipping away of basic freedoms. But, I wish more Americans felt as strong about the 1st Amendment as the 2nd Amendment, where government has illegally abriged many freedoms there. When free speech has been on trial in the country, juries and judges have an uneven record of defending press freedoms.