Raucous, not rational gun debate: Letter to the editor

Raucous, not rational gun debate: Letter to the editor

A gun rights advocate debates with a gun control advocate as dueling groups demonstrated outside Dallas City Hall during the NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Dallas.( Based on data obtained by the Pew Research Center in 2017 , it appears the National Rifle Association and its close alliance with the Republican party has been successful in its messaging about the Second Amendment and individual freedom. The results indicate that 24 percent of Republican gun owners were members of the NRA compared to only 11 percent of Democrats. Among the salient findings, researchers found 74 percent of gun owners say gun ownership is essential to their sense of personal freedom. Among Republican and Republican-leaning independents the figure is 95 percent. These data help explain why staunch gun owners are so vehement about opposing any restrictions of their guns, insisting unfettered ownership is a constitutional right for their personal protection. And 61 percent of Republicans who do not own guns hold the same view. As a result, the researchers found Republican gun owners were more resistant than Democrats to banning assault-style weapons, large capacity magazines and creating a database to track gun sales. Another remarkable finding was that 26 percent of handgun owners reported carrying a gun outside the home all or most of the time. A full third of gun owners believed people should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. One result of […]

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