The National Rifle Association (NRA) is viewed in a favorable manner by 54 percent of Americans, according to the results of a new Gallup poll. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the gun rights group proposed placing an armed and trained security officer in schools across the country to help protect students and staff.
The overall approval rating of the group which works diligently to protect and promote the Second Amendment, has fluctuated significantly over the course of the past two decades. In 2005, the NRA’s approval rating hit a new low, garnering just 42 percent support from the American people, Slate notes.
In 2005, the National Rifle Association’s approval rating reached 60 percent, a new high, according to polling figures. During a press conference after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre reportedly suggested that the media, video games, and other impacting issues were to blame for increased gun violence in the United States.
Phrases such as, “the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun” have been uttered by Second Amendment advocates during the ongoing debate over gun control and gun ban proposals. Gallup also reports that while 58 percent of United States residents support tougher gun laws, most folks do not favor bans on particular weapons.
A total of 21 percent of Americans stated they have a very favorable opinion of the NRA. The Gallup poll also reports that 20 percent of survey participants have a mostly favorable view of the group. The National Rifle Association also has its detractors, with a total of 18 of those polled noted they have a very unfavorable view of the gun rights groups.