Gun Control Support Is In Decline

Gun Control Support Plummets To Near-Record Lows [Poll]

Gun control support has taken a tumble since 2012.

According to a new poll from Gallup, the numbers have fallen to near-record lows in just a two-year period from 58 percent to 47 percent. This 11-point drop was due to both Republicans and Democrats easing on support.

On the Democrat side, it represents a drop of eight points from 79 percent to 71 percent. On the Republican side, it fell from 39 percent to 29 percent. Among Liberals and Conservatives, the numbers fell from 75 to 67 and 44 to 32, respectively.

“Public demand for stricter gun sale laws is returning to levels seen throughout the past decade. After seeing a spike in support for stricter laws following the Newtown school shooting in 2012, the call for more stringent laws has settled to near-record lows. The percentage of Americans who say that handguns should not be banned is at a near-record high as well,” Gallup stated.

Americans also believed by an overwhelming majority of 73 percent that handguns should not be banned, while 25 percent said that they should be except for police and “authorized users.”

The Gallup poll was conducted among 1,017 adult participants from October 12-15.

At the Daily Caller, a Right-leaning news site, the comment board was adamant against any type of gun control with one user noting that it should be “criminal” to attempt gun control.

“It is a Federal Crime under Title 18 of the USC to conspire to interfere in our exercising our rights under the 2A,” he said. “Any anti-gun group, or politician, who attempts to prevent us from exercising or enjoying that right, as secured to us by the 2A, should be criminally charged and prosecuted.”

Here is the full text of the code referenced.

“If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or

“If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—

“They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.”

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