Gallup Poll: Why Do Most Americans Own Guns? Hint: It’s Not Hunting or Sport Shooting

October 29 2013
by GSL Staff
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According to a recent Gallup Poll, the reason that most Americans own guns might surprise some people.

It’s not hunting or sport shooting, both demographics that anti-gun politicians try to cater to when passing restrictive new gun laws.

No, the overwhelming, #1 reason respondents to the poll said they owned guns was for Personal safety/Protection.

According to Gallup’s analysis of the numbers,

Personal protection is the top reason Americans own a gun, as was true in 2000 and 2005. This, rather than views on the Second Amendment, may explain why moving toward greater gun control, as Obama and many Democrats have sought to do, is so difficult. Those who own firearms for protection may feel that their own personal safety is a vital need on which they do not wish to compromise.

Only 5% of respondents cited the Second Amendment as the reason they own guns. However, that’s a weird option to give people. I don’t own guns because the Second Amendment says I can. I personally own them for protection, hunting, collecting and sport shooting. The Second Amendment protects my right to own guns for those reasons, but it’s not the reason I own them. That also doesn’t mean I don’t support the Second Amendment. Not sure what Gallup was trying to do with that response option.

This poll comes on the heels of another Gallup poll in which it was revealed that the number of Americans who favor gun control has drastically dropped in the last year, and the number of people who support private handgun ownership has reached an all time high in the history of the poll.

One thing is clear from these poll results, the American gun owner is no longer primarily a hunter. They are your neighbors, friends, co-workers, husbands, wives, mothers and fathers. Most of them own guns for self defense and most of them don’t want any new gun control.

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