As I mentioned in a previous post — 81% of Gun Owners Believe They’d Win a Defensive Gun Use — a CBS News poll on guns and gun ownership contained some fascinating data that didn’t make their article. Here’s another eye-opening survey result:
Note: a respondent might understand that the Second Amendment protects Americans’ right to keep and bear arms — but wish Americans didn’t own guns. I repeat, might.
By the same token, a safety-seeking respondent might gives a thumbs-up to “fewer people having guns than do now” thinking that criminals are the people who shouldn’t have guns now, rather than law-abiding citizens.
Still, the idea that 41 percent of Americans want to eliminate or reduce civilian gun ownership is deeply worrying. As is the idea that only 21 percent of Americans see guns as increasing public safety.
Then again, nearly the same amount of respondents (38 percent) reckon civilian gun ownership doesn’t have any impact on public safety.
That’s where the NRA, SAF, NAGR, GOA and The People of the Gun generally need to focus their pro-gun rights efforts: on the fence straddlers who aren’t antagonistic to civilian gun ownership, but don’t see a societal benefit. Yes?