Examining public opinion concerning gun control shows the public’s views are complex. And after the recent spate of horrific incidents, likely subject to change.
In the short-term, there is a noticeable increase in support for gun control. The latest Gallup poll shows an 8 point increase over last year. But, other recent polls are showing mixed support for gun control. CNN’s pre-San Bernardino poll shows 52 percent of Americans oppose “stricter gun control laws.” Whatever the current support for gun control, it often decays as time passes and top news stories shift.
- Although the public supports some gun restrictions, such as universal registration and bans of some weapons, they also are:
- Skeptical the restrictions will make much of a difference.
- Support the Second Amendment and the right to own a weapon. In fact, 40 percent of households have a gun.
- Gun owners tend to be very passionate about their rights, and there are more of them than equally passionate gun control advocates.