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Pew survey finds attitudes toward guns has shifted since Sandy Hook

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Americans now favor gun ownership to gun control, according to a Pew Research Center survey published Wednesday, which reports a “substantial shift in attitudes” since the days immediately after the Sandy Hook shooting.

Pew surveyed about 1,500 adults nationwide between Dec. 3 and Dec. 7. Their results suggest that, for the first time in 20 years, 52 percent of Americans prioritize protecting gun rights over controlling gun ownership. Forty-six percent favored controlling gun ownership.

“Support for gun rights has edged up from earlier this year, and marks a substantial shift in attitudes since shortly after the Newtown school shootings, which occurred two years ago this Sunday,” the report reads. “The balance of opinion favored gun control in the immediate aftermath of the Newtown tragedy in December 2012, and again a month later.”

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4 responses to “Pew survey finds attitudes toward guns has shifted since Sandy Hook”

  1. Notaffiliated

    I saw this online last night and was somewhat surprised. The push for gun control seemed to be logical in light of school shootings especially the tragedy in Newtown.

    The question asked by Pew isn’t so much gun rights vs controlling guns. In any event, the largest jump in shift in attitude was from Blacks.

  2. Piberman

    The sheer numbers of guns in circulation, especially in the crime prone inner cities, favors ownership for protection. What remains puzzling is the lack of enthusiasm for background checks and secure weapons storage in many areas. We do know that misuse from legal concealed carry permit holders is very low. But that’s little comfort to those who fear wide spread gun carry by criminals. It’s worth remembering that the victims of gun homicide include thousands and thousands of police officers. They are on the front line. Even in Norwalk.

  3. Oyster

    Thousands and thousands? Over how many years. 2013 shows 33 police deaths by gunfire (2 were accidental).

  4. piberman

    So far no one has proposed how we remove illegally acquired guns from our heavily armed inner city residents where a disproportionate number of violent gang related crimes and gun fatalities occur that preserves our Constitutional freedoms. As long as the inner cities are heaviy armed with illegally acquired most citizens will demand access to legally acquired guns. Other nations have “solved” their widespread gun problems by search and seizure togethr with long prison terms for unregistered gun ownership. Americans won’t tolerate such invasive behavior by their Gov’t. Heavy penalities for unregistered gun ownership work elsewhere. We continue to pay a heavy price for our collective refusal to remove widely held unregistered weapons. No other country allows widescale unregistered gun ownership and associated violence – an American tradition.

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