BREAKING: One in Four Americans Want to Ban Handguns

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Gallup released their latest poll on guns today. It’s full of win for fans of firearms freedom. Less than half of Americans (48 percent) currently favor stricter laws for the sale of firearms. That stat’s more-or-less back to where it was before the Newtown massacre, which raised the “more gun laws, please” answer’s popularity to 58 percent. Which is nothing compared to 1990, when 78 percent of Americans surveyed favored stricter gun sales laws. [Click here to see the historic decline] Even better, 73 percent of Americans are now against . . .

a ban on handguns (“except by the police and other authorized persons”). But, as Gallup points out, that still means that “about one in four Americans say handgun possession should be banned.” Not to be a Debbie Downer, but you could say that the idea of a complete handgun ban is like a virus lurking in the bloodstream of America’s body politic, reading to multiply when conditions change.

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Then again, while Newtown moved the needle for support for gun sale laws, it produced barely a blip of support for a handgun ban. The post-Newtown 2012 Gallup gun poll was taken only five days after the Sandy Hook slaughter. Support for a handgun ban was two percentage points down from the previous year (24 vs. 26 percent). And only increased one percentage point (to 25 percent) in 2013. And added a single percentage point in 2014 (to 26 percent).

Quite simply, the more Americans who own handguns, the more Americans who carry handguns, the safer Americans’ gun rights. I reckon the Obama-fueled, post-Newtown surge in handgun sales staved-off a dramatic increase in the desire to ban them. As my father used to say, humans are all listening to WIIFM: Whats In It For Me. As long as people consider a handgun their personal defense weapon, they’ll fight to keep them legal.

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  1. avatar Chadwick P says:

    I’m an authorized person, a militia of one, if you will. It is already illegal for an unauthorized person to own a gun. A snake eating its tail…

  2. avatar mdc says:

    Their not Americans.

  3. avatar Scott P says:

    I am pretty sure the vast majority of sales post-Newtown were for those “evil black rifles” especially since there was a bill presented in Congress to ban them permanently.

    I saw nothing regarding handguns except in Maryland making them much harder to acquire. The same process just to purchase one in Maryland would pass muster in most states to acquire a CCW permit.

    1. avatar Steve in MD says:

      And yet, no permits for us.

    2. avatar RetLEO says:

      Maryland… the “Free State”. Should be renamed the ‘get something for free if you are illegally here, tired of working, or just want the government to take care of everything state.’

  4. avatar brentonadams says:

    Its the internet. The internet saved us. Can anyone else explain the drop from 1990?

    1. avatar Thomas says:

      Violent crime has dropped significantly in the last 25 years.

    2. avatar Dave357 says:

      The expansion of shall issue carry.

    3. avatar Troutbum5 says:

      I think you just ruined Al Gore’s day.

    4. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      Several things:

      1. Violent crime dropped across the board since peaking in ’92 to ’93.
      2. RKBA advocates woke up and realized that we could lose everything if we allowed the Democrats in Congress to run with the issue. The 1994 election put a wave of GOP candidates into office based on, more than any other single issue, gun control laws passed by the Democrats. For the first time in decades, the Democrats lost complete control of the Congress.
      3. The NRA evolved from an organization of hunters and trap shooters to a new breed to shooter much more concerned with RKBA. The NRA had been, until that point, far too willing to make “compromises” on gun control issues, which resulted in all sorts of defeats long-term.

  5. avatar alexander says:

    Of course, in a constitutional republic, which is this supposed to be, the question is irrelevant. A right cannot be granted or taken away by either the government or the popular opinion. But then of course we are no longer a constitutional republic, but more of a democracy, Iran-style.

    1. avatar Brian Smith says:

      Right.
      We are just not to the point of executions and beheadings yet!

      1. avatar alexander says:

        And what’s to stop them if and when the majority will desire it to happen? What’s to prevent the zealots in enforcing their agenda, for the good of all, especially the children, in weeding out the undesirables, as they see fit?

        1. Uhh… Is this a trick question?

          I’m going to go with private gun ownership.

  6. avatar Brian Smith says:

    I really don’t think the pole is accurate. Everyone I have talked too in my daily travels to customers sites to repair machinery. Business owners and shop employees which is quite alot, day in day out for years and I have ran across just a handful of people that say more gun control or any of oboma ‘ s other trampling ‘ s of our rights and freedom’s and have found that it is more likely about 85 to 15 for less strict regulations for law abiding citizens but stiffer penalties for criminals. And on other issues just enforce what we have already. Kill obomacare before it kills us.

    1. avatar cmeat says:

      sure, folks with real jobs think that way. i’m surrounded by people who get paid handsomely for barely lifting a finger. some of them are pretty far out of touch. i’m not sure if a wake up call will help.
      i lament the passing of local manufacturing into our present service industry. at least these folks still want to protect themselves or can be approached on the topic.
      but our politicos, magnates, medicos, advocates, academians and advert execs are too well insulated. i realize i generalize and that there are exeptions but sheesh.

  7. avatar Gregolas says:

    This shows we’re winning hearts and minds, one person at a time.

    1. avatar Roscoe says:

      Which, if so, only means Bloomberg and his fellow gun grabin’ billionaires will just increase the money dump while his devious lying minions and collaborators under guise of MDA, Everytown, Feinstein, et al, will ramp up the delusional rhetoric and propaganda in schools, government, media and entertainment for everyone’s consumption.
      The things that most save us are the internet exposure of the antis’ falsehoods, as stated above, the shrill extremism the antis practice, which puts most people off, and that many Americans aren’t too concerned about either gun rights or gun control because even though they know the issue is out there, they don’t believe it particularly affects them or impacts their lives.

  8. avatar danthemann5 says:

    BREAKING: One in Four Americans Doesn’t Understand the Constitution

    1. avatar Will in Oregon says:

      and now there’s coffee all over my computer

    2. avatar RetLEO says:

      I definitely don’t believe the poll now…given that 50% of America voted for the current president, I’m sorry to say that substantially more than 25% of Americans are Constitutionally Challenged.

    3. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “BREAKING: One in Four Americans Doesn’t Understand the Constitution”

      That isn’t *news*, and it’s not ‘BREAKING”…

  9. avatar ADC USN/Ret says:

    Maybe the anti-gunners are starting to see ALL the handwriting on the wall!

    But I, KFDI. (kind of fu___ doubt it) just more propaganda to keep us from the poles. STAY FOCUSED! Vote them out of office!

  10. avatar Chilibreath says:

    The news isn’t all bad; if 1 in 4 Americans want to ban handguns then that means 75 percent do not.

  11. avatar Kyle in CT says:

    Yes, well, 1 in 4 Americans believe the the Sun revolves around the Earth.

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/imageo/2014/02/17/1-in-4-americans-believe-sun-revolves-around-the-earth/

    1. avatar Another Robert says:

      Wonder how much overlap between the two groups?

    2. avatar Nick D says:

      Wasn’t this covered in a south park episode, where they said that 1 in 4 Americans believe 9/11 was a conspiracy, and that just means that 1 in 4 Americans are idiots?

    3. avatar Yellow Devil says:

      The rest of the world didn’t fare that much better. Take Russia for example:

      From Reuters in 2011: “In a survey released this week, 32 percent of Russians believed the Earth was the center of the Solar system; 55 percent that all radioactivity is man-made; and 29 percent that the first humans lived when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth.”

      Europeans did just as bad apparently:

      “Americans might be slightly comforted knowing that they actually fared better than Europeans: 1 in 3 residents of the European Union think the sun revolves around the earth.”

  12. avatar General Zod says:

    Now if only we could get the general public to comprehend the differences between semiautomatic, select-fire, and full automatic…

  13. avatar Howdy says:

    1 in 4? I thought the number was 90% against anything about firearms?

  14. avatar Mk10108 says:

    The fear is it only takes 25% to control the remaining population. The culture of democracy forgoes ballistic terror and erodes your rights by legislation…that folks is less than 1% and enforced and administrated by an another 2%.

    The one tool you have is marking your X at the ballot.

  15. avatar TT says:

    “As my father used to say, humans are all listening to WIIFM: Whats In It For Me. As long as people consider a handgun their personal defense weapon, they’ll fight to keep them legal.”

    Or another way of looking at is the more people who consider a handgun their personal property, the more will fight to keep from losing the money they spent on it.

  16. avatar LJM says:

    #Winning

  17. avatar Steve says:

    It doesn’t seem as if Gallup is too happy with their results…from their “bottom line”:

    “This suggests that while shootings may still occur with disturbing regularity in the U.S., there is a disconnect between those events and support for making gun laws stricter.”

    The American people – as opposed to Gallup – don’t connect Newtown (referenced earlier in their “bottom line”) with the right to own a handgun because there is no connection. And what is “disturbing regularity” – the false FBI figures, or the media hype of these infrequent tragedies?

    Well, at least they didn’t skew the poll to match their own prejudices. I hope….

    1. avatar GunGal says:

      GOOD ONE!!!!

  18. avatar former water walker says:

    I’ve seen a huge change in Illinois. Lots of support for CC. I do talk to the occasional idiot who thinks abloodbath/wildwest Illinois will result. My usual response is Indiana has very good laws and (to ME) is much safer. And run a helluva’ lot better with mainly Republicans in charge.

  19. avatar Sian says:

    That’s pretty good, 1 in 4 think childhood vaccines are dangerous, half of Americans don’t believe in evolution.

    1. avatar Pg2 says:

      Not sure where you’re getting hose stats but it seems you have been ignoring the news lately, CDC researchers are now blowing the whistle on what that 25% already knew.

  20. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    “Authorized persons.”

    Huh?

    That could be interpreted a lot of different ways. Perhaps with the proliferation of right-to-carry laws and their associated Concealed Carry Permit processes, more of the survey responders would consider someone like me an “authorized person.” Who knows?

  21. avatar IdahoPete says:

    “As my father used to say,humans are all listening to WIIFM: Whats In It For Me.”

    Credits to your father! I’m stealing that one.

  22. avatar Stinkeye says:

    This is a very loose definition of “breaking news”…

  23. avatar Ralph says:

    So les than half of the group that elected Barack Ebola — twice! — now favors a handgun ban? Either they’re getting smarter or some of them lost their entitlements.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      No, they’re sick and tired of the crime in their communities…

  24. avatar DrVino says:

    I recently heard there are more handguns than there are rifles and shotguns out there.
    And they want them banned?

  25. avatar SurfGW says:

    Amazed only 1 in 4 want handguns banned.

    They must be the most vocal 25% because their shouting for a ban often is the only thing I hear in the debate!

  26. avatar Gunr says:

    If one in four want to ban handguns, they can just give any guns they have to the rest of us! Problem solved!

  27. avatar johnny says:

    Misleading, It Actually says “3 out of 4 people polled wants Firearms available to them.” Also “25% of those remaining are confirmed idiots.”

  28. avatar Pg2 says:

    Few points here, again the daily TTAG sandy hook smoke and mirrors article, it seems it wouldn’t be a day here at TTAG without it, also another point, rights cannot be voted away, as was set up in the Constitutional Republic. All this talk of democracy and how many people favor this or that is bunk, bunk for the misinformed and/or uneducated. A recurring theme here seems to reinforce the notion that rights are at the whim of the electorate. It’s unfortunate, but not surprising from much of other seeming agenda that comes from this site. Happy Halloween.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      What a burden for you to waste your precious time reading TTAG, Pg2.

  29. avatar Hannibal says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvYN0oUzVzo

    (skip to about 20sec for the quote regarding 1/4 Americans)

    1. avatar Pg2 says:

      Using vehicles like south park to discredit the 25% that can still critically think ishould be seen as a complement to that 25% because SP is an overt propaganda tool(and not even close to funny anymore to boot).

    2. avatar NYC2AZ says:

      Beat me to it Hannibal… Of course Pg2 is part of the 1/4th that was actually mentioned in the South Park episode. Although, now a days it looks like only about 10% believe 9/11 was a conspiracy… Pg2 is a very special little snowflake.

      1. avatar Pg2 says:

        @NYC, Figured the TTAG 9/11 Troll would surface after posting on it….hey, whatever the numbers are, 10%, 25%, or whatever %, glad to be a part of it instead the remaining percentage that believes 9/11 changed physics and paper can melt steel. I suspect you already know this but you have some agenda on this forum to attempt to discredit any rational discussion of the topic.

        1. avatar NYC2AZ says:

          “@NYC, Figured the TTAG 9/11 Troll would surface after posting on it….”

          Holy projection Snowflake!

          “hey, whatever the numbers are, 10%, 25%, or whatever %, glad to be a part of it instead the remaining percentage that believes 9/11 changed physics and paper can melt steel.”

          Standard truther oversimplification of events.

          “I suspect you already know this but you have some agenda on this forum to attempt to discredit any rational discussion of the topic.”

          You figured me out! I did it! I was the one who remotely piloted the second plane into the World Trade Center…. or was it a missile? I forget. Anyway, you’ll be glad to know that you have been targeted for termination by the shadow government… or George Bush… or Obama… or someone on which you can blame your inferiority complex. After setting up the most elaborate and (apparently) worst kept secret conspiracy in the world that killed 3,000 of my fellow citizens, offing the jenius (sic) who figured us all out will be quite easy.

          /Snowflake Derp

        2. avatar NYC2AZ says:

          “@NYC, Figured the TTAG 9/11 Troll would surface after posting on it….”

          Holy projection Snowflake!

          “hey, whatever the numbers are, 10%, 25%, or whatever %, glad to be a part of it instead the remaining percentage that believes 9/11 changed physics and paper can melt steel.”

          Standard truther oversimplification of events.

          “I suspect you already know this but you have some agenda on this forum to attempt to discredit any rational discussion of the topic.”

          You figured me out! I did it! I was the one who remotely piloted the second plane into the World Trade Center…. or was it a missile? I forget. Anyway, you’ll be glad to know you have been targeted for termination by the shadow government… or George Bush… or Obama… or someone on which you can blame your inferiority complex. After setting up the most elaborate and (apparently) worst kept secret conspiracy in the world that killed 3,000 of my fellow citizens, offing the jenius (sic) who figured us all out will be quite easy.

          /Snowflake Derp

        3. avatar Pg2 says:

          @NYC. literally laughing out loud, standard propagandist response: obfuscate the issue and dodge any real discussion of facts with a thick layer of ad hominem. Too funny. And too predictable.

        4. avatar NYC2AZ says:

          Cool story, Snowflake! Needs more projection.

  30. avatar Eric L says:

    Breaking new— new study shows that one in four Americans secretly wish to be British ” subjects”.

  31. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    I would say that their is an actual lessening of a zeal for hand gun control as compared to the 60s, 70s, or 80s.

  32. avatar DBM says:

    And the only people surveyed were people who live in liberal states.

  33. avatar C says:

    Misleading headline. Yeah, it’s 1 in 4, but that is the lowest it has ever been.

  34. avatar Kevin says:

    Hopefully that is true in Washington state with “YES” I-591 and “NO” I-594.

  35. avatar Broken 3ight says:

    The 1/4 rule continues to prove itself.

    http://southpark.cc.com/clips/155282/911-all-over-again

  36. avatar Leo says:

    Most likely all democrats…

  37. avatar preston says:

    who ever did that chart and statistics is a OBSCENITY DELETED. complete inconsistency and numerical errors throughout.

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