Archive for the ‘Guns – gun ownership’ Category

Almost everybody agrees that the mentally ill shouldn’t own guns …

March 6, 2018

But, the issue isn’t nearly as straightforward as it seems.
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Everybody agrees that the Florida school-shooter shouldn’t have been allowed to buy a gun … and, that there was a strong case to take his rifle away from him.

More broadly, a Pew poll taken in March-April 2017 indicates that almost 9 in 10 Americans agree that “the mentally ill should be prevented from purchasing guns”.

That’s the highest level of agreement re: discussed changes to gun laws.

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Since there’s overwhelming support, this one should be a slam dunk, right?

Not so fast …

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Gun ownership in the U.S.

March 5, 2018

A couple of charts provide some statistical context.
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Pew conducted an extensive survey in March-April 2017.

Here are some of the key findings.

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Roughly 1 in 3 American adults currently own a gun.

40% live in a household that has at least one gun owner.

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In addition to the 30% of American adults who own a gun, 36% “could see owning a gun in the future”.

Said differently, about 2 of 3 Americans are inclined towards gun ownership.

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Digging a bit deeper …

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