Poll: 63 Percent Say Guns Make Homes Safer

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Nov 13, 2014 5:30 PM
Poll: 63 Percent Say Guns Make Homes Safer

Sorry gun control activists and feminists, but 63 percent of Americans believe a gun in the home makes them safer. Additionally, vast majorities of men and women agree with this sentiment (via Gallup) [emphasis mine]:

The percentage of Americans who believe having a gun in the house makes it a safer place to be (63%) has nearly doubled since 2000, when about one in three agreed with this.

Although there is a gender gap in the results for this question, majorities of both men (67%) and women (58%) believe having a gun improves home safety. While one in three women say it makes for a more dangerous place to be, only one in four men say the same about guns in the home.

Since 2000, Americans of all political stripes have become more inclined to believe a gun makes a home more secure.

While those who identify with the GOP have seen a 37-percentage-point growth in this sense of safety, independents show a 29-point climb and Democrats show a 13-point increase.

Americans own guns for a wide array of reasons, but the increase in the perceived safety value of owning them suggests that guns are taking on more of a protective role than they have in the past. Florida passed the nation's first "Stand Your Ground" law in 2005, followed by dozens of states that passed different versions of the law. In the decade since, Americans have become more likely to view guns as a means of self-protection.

This latest poll is just another sign that indicates the attitude towards gun rights in this country is overwhelming in favor of those who believe in the Second Amendment.

California 9th Circuit court rejected California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ appeal on their decision that struck down the distribution of concealed carry permits on the basis of “need” as unconstitutional. Though deeply flawed, there is some form of carry that is recognized in the District of Columbia. The 2013 Manchin-Toomey gun control bill is dead–and with a Republican Congress; will remain dead for the foreseeable future.

Women are the fastest growing demographic of gun owners in America; the gun industry describes them as the next best thing for the business.

Martha McSally, a pro-Second Amendment Republican, appears to have won Rep. Gabby Giffords’ old seat.

With all that said, can we put to rest that the NRA is the “domestic abusers lobby?”