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Public Opinion

I’d like to know the numbers without the word “registered” being in there, but this is interesting:

Our survey included the question: “In general, do you agree or disagree that an individual should have a right to have a registered handgun at home?” 52% strongly agreed, 30% agreed somewhat, 10% disagreed somewhat, and 7% strongly disagreed. This is also consistent with polls concerning views of the Second Amendment, where over 70 percent view gun ownership as an individual right. See [here]. It appears that support for gun rights has increased during Obama’s first year in office, although the trajectory seems to be a continuation of a trend that began during the last years of the Bush Administration. See [here].

And I have to wonder how much of the 10% somewhat disagreement was people who hated the “registered” language. I think a lot of gun owners would have a tough time saying yes to that entirely. Either way, it’s enough of a majority to pass a constitutional amendment, in all likelihood.

3 Responses to “Public Opinion”

  1. Carl from Chicago says:

    “Either way, it’s enough of a majority to pass a constitutional amendment, in all likelihood.”

    And it’s also good to know that there is already a constitutional amendment protecting the right reflected in that public sentiment.

  2. BobG says:

    “And I have to wonder how much of the 10% somewhat disagreement was people who hated the “registered” language.”

    You also have to remember that there is a lot of the media and public who think that all firearms have to be registered, no matter what state you are in. I’ve had people from California and some eastern states ask me how many of my firearms are registered, and look at me in disbelief when I tell them we don’t register guns in Utah.

  3. Carl from Chicago says:

    People in CA and eastern states have to register their firearms?

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