According to a new Gallup poll, the tide is turning rapidly when it comes to the American view of guns. Despite millions of dollars being pumped into anti-gun campaigns and the hysterical call for bans that follow every sensational shooting, people are starting to finally get the message: the problem isn’t the guns, the problem is the crime.
Gallup announced that a record 63 percent of Americans now believe that gun ownership makes for a safer home. Only one in three held that belief when the question was asked 14 years ago. Naturally, self-identified Republicans agreed in the largest percentage, with 81 percent of respondents claiming that guns made the home safer. Only 41 percent of Democrats agreed, though even that number is startling, considering the amount of time Obama and other elected Dems have spent trying to push through anti-gun legislation.
According to a Gallup analyst, the survey shows that “guns are taking on more of a protective role than they have in the past.” Seems an odd conclusion to draw; while guns have a variety of purposes, it’s hard to think of a time when they did not inhabit a “protective role.” More likely, Americans are starting to shed their irrational fears of the gun as a weapon, realizing that with proper training, care, and safety, accidents don’t have to happen.
The Future of Gun Control
The 2014 midterms were a mixed bag when it came to gun control. While several anti-gun politicians were voted out of office, a couple of rather stringent gun control laws were passed by referendum. One of these – Washington State’s Initiative 594 – was undoubtedly boosted by the recent school shooting that took place in Marysville. But these poll results show a country unlikely to be bowled over by gun control activists in the coming years. If the majority of Americans believe that owning a gun helps them to protect their homes, their families, and themselves, attempts to limit gun freedom will be greeted with intense skepticism.
Experts have been slow to pick out a reason for the changing tide, but I would put money on the internet being a big part of the shift. It’s easier than ever before to find statistics that prove the left’s anti-gun rhetoric is so much hot air. In states that allow concealed carry permits, we’ve seen a dramatic decline in violent crime. Correlation may not prove causation, but it’s remarkable how predictably the effect follows.
Americans are also starting to see how biased their mainstream news outlets really are. They know they aren’t getting the whole story, and they know that the stories they are getting are being carefully vetted by executives who live a much different life in a much different place. When it comes to protecting your little plot of land in Tennessee, what does it matter what some New York billionaire thinks? The elitists think they know what’s best for America, but as long as this country remains a democracy, the people will have the final say.