Opposition To Gun Control Increases

Posted: January 8, 2014 in Commentaries, Opposition To Gun Control Increases

Why opposition to gun control has increased over the last half-century


via WashingtonExaminer.com


Economist Bryan Caplan notes that support for gun control — specifically, banning handguns or pistols — has decreased dramatically since the 1950s and 1960s. Back in 1959 Gallup reported that 60% of Americans favored banning possession of “pistols and revolvers,” while now 74% oppose banning “the possession of handguns,” except by police.

Caplan seems puzzled by this substantial change in opinion. I think it’s explainable by two developments.

(1) Violent crime roughly tripled between 1965 and 1975. As Caplan’s graph of Gallup’s results shows, majorities came to oppose handgun bans during this period. Americans saw more need to protect themselves.

(2) The success of laws permitting citizens to carry concealed weapons, starting with the Florida law in 1987 (thanks, Gov. Bob Martinez). Many, including me, predicted that this would lead to gunfights on the street and over traffic altercations. Those predictions have proved wrong. It turns out that ordinary citizens who can demonstrate that they know how to handle guns do so responsibly — just as they handle cars (potential weapons, after all) responsibly as well. The very few exceptions make news.
Now more than 40 states have such laws, and there is no significant move to repeal them. As a result, Americans no longer see gun possession as a threat and oppose disarming the law-abiding population. Pretty sensible, I think.

Source http://washingtonexaminer.com/why-opposition-to-gun-control-has-increased-over-the-last-half-century/article/2539649

  1. jcoles says:

    Not only do citizens behave sensibly & safely with personal weapons, they/we/I reduce crime because we are armed … the creeps know any of us could be armed in any of the 40 stars that allow the Natural Right of self-defense to play out in the way it should with citizens possessing the tools needed to defend themselves.
    I think the other– unspoken in is article — for the change in popular mindset about gun control is the rise of imperious government in America. Sane people don’t make loud public pronouncements about it, but people realize at some level that we my have to rise up against those who would rule us … Most people don’t have the political vocabulary to express the difference between ‘governed’ and ‘ruled;’ but it is significant & the folks understand it in their guts.

    • Bo Perrin says:

      Your second point is very good. I agree. Sane people prepare and don’t flaunt what they have. There was another poll in which 65 percent of so said that the biggest threat to our freedoms today is the size of the Fed Gov. Maybe people are waking up. Maybe the pain we are all feeling will backfire on the Progressives.

  2. jColes says:

    I expect it will … the Progs won’t get it short of violence but there are enough non-Progs left in gov’t that they’ll see the tide flow and back off … just having our arms & expressing our dissatisfaction might be enough to prevent a national tragedy … but, yes, the Progs have great reason to fear the people.

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