Guns

Gallup Poll: Record Low 26% Support for Handgun Ban

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

If you're wondering why President Obama is not pushing gun control, it could be because support for such efforts is at its lowest point ever.

A Gallup poll released on Wednesday shows that just 26% of people favor a ban on handguns.  To put that in perspective, the first time Gallup asked that question in 1959, 60% were in favor of a ban. But since 1975 the majority of Americans have supported guns; the current 73% is the highest ever.

For the first time, a majority of Americans also support semi automatic weapons. 53% are against such a ban, while only 43% want new regulations.

Gallup points out that gun support remains high despite such high profile shootings as the one in Tucson that killed six people and injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Gallup also said there is no indication that people think crime is getting worse. Rather:

Perhaps the trends are a reflection of the American public's acceptance of guns. In 2008, Gallup found widespread agreement with the idea that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of Americans to own guns. Americans may also be moving toward more libertarian views in some areas, one example of which is greater support for legalizing marijuana use. Diminished support for gun-control laws may also be tied to the lack of major gun-control legislation efforts in Congress in recent years.