Saturday, August 27, 2016

Guns: Who Wants What and Why?

Here we are in 2016, still asking the basic questions on gun control, questions that have been solved, unsolved, solved again and--today--completely shattered. This Huffington Post piece tells us where we are (agreed on two issues, wide differences on all others).

"Pew asked whether it’s more important to control gun ownership or protect gun rights. Nine out of 10 Trump supporters said it’s more important to protect gun rights than to control ownership. Only 9 percent favored controlling ownership over protecting rights. Among Clinton supporters, 79 percent said the controlling ownership is more important while 19 percent wanted to protect gun rights. ...

"When Democrat Al Gore ran against Republican George Bush in 2000, the difference was much smaller, according to Pew. Then, only 66 percent of Democrats said that controlling gun ownership was their top priority while 46 percent of GOP voters said gun control was more important.
Overall, gun ownership was seen as a public benefit. A majority of responders — 58 percent — told Pew gun ownership does more to protect people from crime than it does to put them in danger. Only 37 percent said that owning firearms was more of a risk to public safety." 

You will note--on a minor positive side--that most Americans favor gun control.

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