Latest polls on guns
Here is the latest on U.S. gun control attitudes (Associated Press-GfK poll, Jan. 10-14, 2013).
It seems the anger over the Newtown massacre of the tiny innocents has not abated.
1. Three-quarters of Americans said they reacted to the Connecticut massacre of with deep anger, higher than the 65 percent who said they felt that way . . . after the 9/11 attacks.
2. Some 58 percent favor strengthening gun laws in the United States.
3. Majorities favored a nationwide ban on military-style, rapid-fire guns (55 percent).
4. Majorities favored limits on the amount and type of gun violence that can be portrayed in video games, movies or on television (54 percent).
5. About half (51 percent) of those surveyed back a ban on the sale of magazines holding 10 or more bullets.
6. A lopsided 84 percent of adults would like to see the establishment of a federal standard for background checks for people buying guns at gun shows.
It seems that gun attitudes are partly political and partisan also.
7. Most Democrats (76 percent) and independents (60 percent) back stricter gun laws, while a majority of Republicans (53 percent) want gun laws left alone.
It also seems that it is partly gender, but notice that a majority of both sexes think gun control is a very important issue, and nearly half of men also favor stricter gun laws.
8. Women: 68 percent saying it was very or extremely important to them. Men: 57 percent.
9. Women are more likely to back stricter gun laws: 67 percent favor them, compared with 49 percent of men.
And how do GUN-OWNER attitudes compare with NON-GUN-OWNER'S attitudes toward gun control? Predictably less enthusiastic, but more strongly in favor of it than some people might expect.
- Among gun owners, just 40 percent back a ban on the sale of military-type, rapid-fire guns, and 37 percent favor a ban on high-capacity magazines.
66 percent of non-gun owners would ban military-style weapons and 60 percent would ban high-capacity magazines.
- 80 percent of gun owners do support federal standards for gun-show background checks, as do 87 percent of non-gun owners.
Back to politics: guns are a partisan issue.
- Fifty-five percent of gun-owners are Republicans, compared with 30 percent who are Democrats.
I'm interested in this partisan political aspect. So there is a connection between the right-wing paranoia about "they" are out to get us and gun-ownership/attitudes? But my question would be who are "they"? The Democrats? Do right-wingers honestly believe the Democrats are out to shoot them? Or is it just that more vulnerable feeling people are more likely to turn to the Republican party? How do we make sense out of the partisan difference to gun-ownership/control?
Here is a link that might be useful: AP-GfK poll: Anger, concern follow Conn. shooting