Minus the scare quotes bracketing “gun violence,” that’s the questions GFK/AP asked some 1000 respondents in a recent poll. Nick’s doing the deep dive on the other stats, their import and reliability. Meanwhile, 24 percent said they were extremely/very concerned that they or someone in their family might be a victim of “gun violence.” Thirty-four percent were moderately concerned.
So 58 percent of Americans are somewhat to very worried about themselves or a family member getting shot. That’s WAY out of whack with the odds of it actually happening. Still, as Nick points, small probability + enormous consequence = understandable concern.
How about you? How concerned are you that you or someone in your family might be a victim of “gun violence?” Extremely, very, moderately, not very or not at all? And how does that correspond with the dangers you face?