When any mass shooting occurs in our country, you can undoubtedly expect a heated debate about gun control and gun rights in the country. While both sides make passionate arguments, there isn’t a clearly defined outcome. What does more gun control really look like? What does less gun control really look like? Should there be extended background checks? Should felons be allowed to restore their firearm rights? Usually the most extreme viewpoints make the soundboard. There should be hardened numbers that people review and make educated decisions regarding gun control, firearm rights and restoring firearm rights.
Based on data given by the Pew Research Center, General Social Survey by NORC at the University of Chicago and the Associated Press, there is some data that
should be on the forefront of people’s minds when it comes to gun control and gun rights.
Title of article: Gun ownership drops in US, but support for gun rights grows
Highlights from the study:
- Gun ownership has decreased among all age, race and gender groups since 1973. At its peak in that time frame, in 1977, 50.4 percent of households had guns. By 2014, just 31 percent of households did.
- When asked which is more important, gun control or protecting gun rights, big gains have been recorded in those choosing gun rights, particularly in the past 15 years, leaving Americans nearly evenly split. Those favoring gun rights — 29 percent of the population in 2000 — grew to 47 percent by last year. Those saying gun control is more important declined from 57 percent to 50 percent in the same period.
- Though a big gap still exists between blacks and whites, both groups have moved to valuing gun rights over gun control. In 1999, 17 percent of blacks favored gun rights over gun control, compared with 34 percent in 2014. Whites went from 32 percent to 61 percent.
- Republicans have moved far more swiftly than Democrats toward favoring gun rights over gun control. In 1999, 42 percent of Republicans said gun rights were more important, versus 76 percent in 2014. Among Democrats, the increase was much smaller, from 19 percent to 28 percent.