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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