BERNARD COLUMN: Guns: American attitudes and votes

BERNARD COLUMN: Guns: American attitudes and votes

By Jack Bernard Bernard is a retired corporate executive Gun sales have been rising dramatically since the Covid-19 disaster. There were nearly 10 million background checks in 2020 versus less than 6 million in 2019. I own guns but view myself as a moderate on gun rights. I uphold the privilege of law-abiding citizens having guns in their homes. But I want comprehensive background checks. We must ensure that the crazies and felons aren’t toting AR-15s that they bought at an unregulated gun show into our schools and churches. Occasionally, I will look at polls to see if I am really where the majority of Americans are when it comes to this controversial topic. You might want to read on and do the same (note: the percent of Americans wanting additional regulation always rises after high visibility mass shootings, so it is down now). Pew Research, a respected survey group, just came out with a new poll. It once again shows the major divisions in American society when it comes to firearms. A majority (54%) of Republicans either own a gun or live with someone who does. The figure is only 31% for Democrats. Surprisingly, almost as many women (38%) as men (43%) are gun owners. But there’s a major difference by education, with 45% of those with some college having guns, as opposed to only 33% of those with post graduate degrees. Geography also has a lot to do with who owns guns. Almost half (47%) of Southerners […]

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