How gun owners really feel about gun control

How gun owners really feel about gun control

A deadly shooting at the Santa Fe High School in Texas last Friday has once again propelled the gun-control debate into the national limelight. The massacre took place in one of America’s most gun-friendly states – and while much of the immediate response from local lawmakers has focused on bolstering security in schools instead of restricting gun ownership, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has indicated that gun-control discussions aren’t exactly off the table, either. Though it may seem as though Americans are hopelessly divided on guns, there’s more common ground than you might think. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health last week found that of 24 potential gun-control policies, gun owners and non-gun owners fell within a 10-point support gap on 16 of those policies – and previous studies have yielded similar results. "Large majorities of both gun owners and non-gun owners strongly support measures to strengthen US gun laws," the authors wrote. Given that gun issues are connected tightly to cultural and identity politics in America, it is noteworthy how much agreement we found in support for policies to regulate the way people acquire and carry guns." Here are some of the positions gun owners hold on gun control. More than 80% of gun owners support universal background checks, which would ensure that anyone who buys a gun must first go through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, even if they’re purchasing from private sellers. The most vocal pushback on universal background checks comes […]

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