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Why is support for gun control at record lows?
October 26th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Why is support for gun control at record lows?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

More Americans are against gun control than ever before.

Gallup's annual crime poll shows support for various gun-control measures at historic lows - including the ban on handguns.

Only 26% of Americans - a record low - now favor a handgun ban; that's down from 60% when Gallup first asked the question in 1959.

Also, the poll shows that for the first time, there's more opposition than support for a ban on semiautomatic handguns or rifles - 53% to 43%.

In 1996, these numbers were nearly reversed. Congress passed a ban on assault rifles in 1994, but the law expired in 2004.

Overall, support for making gun laws "more strict" is at its lowest ever, 43%. As recently as 2007, a majority of Americans favored stricter laws.

* It's worth noting the growing opposition to gun control shows up among all groups.

* Only Democrats, Eastern residents and those without guns in their homes still favor stricter gun laws. And there's not a single group with a majority in favor of the handgun ban.

What's interesting here is Americans are shifting to a more pro-gun stance despite high profile incidents of gun violence - like the Arizona shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others.

Gallup suggests the reasons for this trend don't appear to be related to crime or to an increase in gun ownership.

Instead, pollsters say the trends may reflect a growing acceptance of guns and support for the Second Amendment.

What was it then-candidate Obama said in 2008? That when people in small towns lose their jobs they get bitter and "cling to guns or religion."

Here’s my question to you: Why is support for gun control at record lows?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. Russ in PA

    Perhaps because it is becoming apparent to more Americans that our government is out of control, and likely to facilitate the conditions leading to less personal safety. Are we safer for the TSA groping? Are we safer for the SWAT teams attacking homes without legal search warrants? Are we safer for the current war on drugs? Sorry, but if I had my druthers, I'd pick a .22 target pistol over the Department of Homeland Security.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    October 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  2. captrob

    The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed !!!.Is why!!!

    October 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  3. wayne, va beach, va

    Same as the other question: RUSSIA

    October 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  4. Pete in Georgia

    Why ??
    Because people have awakened and realize you can TRUST government about as far as you can throw a cannon..................overhand.

    October 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  5. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    I think there is so much violence out there now that people who never thought of owning a gun before now have one. It's the fear society lives in now; and not without reason. Daily shootings in some neighborhoods. A crazy shoting ex-wifes and anyone who might be around in beauty shop, shooting a congress woman in public in broad daylight. gang activity, lack of law enforcement due to budget cuts. To Protect and Serve is just so much rhetoric anymore. I have a house gun, do you?

    October 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  6. pat, Idaho

    You don't have much of a political future if you support gun control.

    October 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  7. Jk from Minnesota

    Because the economy is so terrible is what I would say. It's either that or the 99% is afraid the 1% will take their guns away. Who knows what the real answer is.

    October 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  8. Loren

    Trust. Does anyone trust the President or Congress to do what's right for the American people? If it didn't seem like Congress was only out to help the entrenched and the wealthy, the American people might be able to think about gun violence rather than self protection.

    October 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  9. John from Alabama

    Jack: More people own guns of all types in 2011 than they did in 1959. The United States Supreme Court has upheld the second admendment the "right to bear arms", regardless of the type of weapon and number of rounds per minute. Jack, if more people were on the business end of an assault rifle they would probably be banned from sale in the USA. Take it from a military veteran who has survived a fire fight against assult weapons and machine guns it is terrible. I use to own a high powered rifle until one day my grandson, who was four years old at the time, wanted to fire it like the bad men. I sold the rifle the next day.

    October 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  10. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    Because most people realize that in the up-coming revolution, the average citizen will need to be armed to protect itself from a corporate statism sponsored police and military threat. That is the reason we have the right to keep and bear arms, to protect ourselves from our own corrupt government.

    October 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  11. Paul P.

    Honestly, there is likely some truth in the words Obama had spoken, you cannot dismiss the rise in unemployment and economic uncertainty as a population becomes more jittery about the future. I am not anti-gun, but nobody will ever convince me why an individual needs an assault weapon that can mow down 40 people in 20 seconds before anyone has an idea what even happened. There is no practical use for a weapon like that ....ever!

    October 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  12. Pat in Michigan

    Here in Michigan. our unemployment is through the roof. home invasions are skyrocketing.We have a govenor who has suspended the constitutional rule of law and taken over city government bodies without due process. I am not paranoid but I am arming myself and my family to protect ourselves .we are scared and when push comes to shove ,we will push back.

    October 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  13. David of Alexandria VA

    It simply is not a big issue to most people, Jack. As tragic as the Arizona, Ft Hood, Virginia Tech and other shootings are, they were acts conducted by three mentally ill or relgiously zealotous individuals. The vast majortiy of gun owners are either highly responsible citizens, or criminals who will get the gusn anyway. The gun control movement has been a failed campaign by the PC police and left-wingers. A tempest in a teapot. Perhaps the global warming of a bygone era. Let it go.

    October 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  14. Steve, Clifton, VA

    It means that the NRA has lost it's charm and it's swagger.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  15. Ken Victoria BC

    First of all, in Canada the right wing Government is going to cancel the long gun registry (rifles). In addition, they plan to erase all records on that file. Some provinces wish to start their own registry but will not be updated by existing records. How petty can the Federal Government be. Most Canadians favour the registry including the vast majority of police personal. As this registry is a valuable tool for the police to determine if a gun is registered to an address, it is shameful.
    As for the USA, would not a gun registry, as in Canada, not be a comprimise an futher protect the public.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  16. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    I'm still among those who believe the 2nd Amendment was mis-interpreted by our Supreme Court. I've never owned a gun in life ... and at 58, I've never fired one! I just don't want them to a part of my life!

    Rick,
    Medina, Oh

    October 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  17. Beatbox

    Wow. Not the commentary I was expecting. You pretty much succinctly summed up the situation. One nit: despite the high-profile tragedies like in Arizona, the current homicide rate in the US is the lowest it has been since the mid-60s.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  18. Beatbox

    City/state is Washington, dc

    October 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  19. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Small towns!? Did then candidate Barack ever visit the small town of Detroit? How about Chicago?

    October 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    Frankly, with all of the subversive activity, going on in government, plus the illegal immigrant problem, combined with a general "savaging" mentality among people today, the drug problem, and all the rest.......I truly think people have returned to the "wild, wild, west", and look at their guns as their only protection against violence, and / or dictatorship in America.

    This country is, in my view, in the worst condition, mentality, that it has ever been in, since the civil war.

    While I am not a gun owner, myself, I do know how to use them, and I have considered whether I should acquire a gun, for protection, from this rabble we now call society.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  21. Phyllis G. Williams

    Why is support for gun control at record lows?

    It is a decision each human being must make for themselves as
    I happen to have met more than one person
    destroyed by their own gun in their youth.
    "the Lord,...is the sword of thy excellency!" (Deuteronomy 33:29)
    He says"all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword"
    (Matthew 26: 52 ; Revelation 13: 10).

    October 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  22. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl well here in fla our laws have been changed to favor the victim to be instead of the criminal's rights to freely break our laws. in my house, if my dogs are barking, it is time for me reload. depending on if it's trash day, i might call the po po to carry them out.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  23. Rich McKinney, Texas

    I think for various reasons but the most important one is that there are too many people in America and not enough police to supervise them. That means there are those with guns like the bad guys and those with guns like the good guys. The rest are just potential victims.

    If a bad guy walks up to you and points a gun at you and all you can do is hand him your wallet there is no guarantee that he won't kill you anyway. You saw him and can identify him. If the same bad guy approaches a trained gun owner and pulls the same thing he is most probably going to get shot and killed and end up in the medical examiners office. The mere fact that someone you go to assault might be armed is a deterrent.

    If the victims aboard those aircraft on 911 had been armed they might all still be alive today.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  24. bob z.

    when you see other gov. shooting their citizens . the same could happen hear

    October 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  25. MNResident

    The second amendment exists to protect citizens from tyranical government. The more tyranical governement gets, the more people realize the need to defend themselve from that tyranny. You figure it out....

    October 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  26. Evinia Bruce

    President Obama got it right.. the only emotion Americans understand is violence and more violence ...war after war after war after war..USA!! USA!!..guns ..assasinations ..school children mowing down their teachers and classmates , drive by shootings ...disgruntled employees shooting up a mall.. movies glorifying torture and showdowns between the "good"guys and the so-called"bad guys obliterating as many people as possible..video games ..the American people are feeling the decline of their country,, their standing in the world,,their economy,their standard of living and regretfully realize they are definitiely no longer "exceptional"..owning a gun makes them feel "powerful"
    .ignorance and the NRA ,[the most powerful lobby in Washington] have poisoned young people and the uneduacted population into thnking might is right ...just another nail in the coffin of the demise of America..it doesn't seem to register that the US has the highest deaths per year [by guns] in the western world ...the second amendment never meant private citizens were suppose to carry asault weapons .and these people know it ..another example of dumbing down America......

    October 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  27. Mark

    Do the words "liberty" and "tyranny" come to mind? With our guns, we will always have liberty from a tyrannical federal government.
    Mark

    October 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  28. lou

    Because the republicans and the NRA have run a very successful campaign to convince Americans that Barack Obama wanted to take away their God given constitutional right to gun ownership. You know it worked when we saw sales of guns and ammo sky rocket in the months after he was elected, but before he took office. The nuttiness must have bled over into the 'normal' population.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  29. John B.

    Personal security Jack.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  30. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think the answer to your question is very simple. Our gov't is controlled by special interest groups and corporations who have expensive lobbyist sitting outside the door of every Congress person. The NRA is a powerful group and every politician knows this, and if they want to commit political suicide all they have to do is mention gun control. The NRA has so much power that even when a congresswoman from Arizona along with many of her constituents a little girl being one of them, are gunned down by a nut, no effort is made or even brought up to change our gun laws.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  31. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Not enough pollsters have been shot. Once they have, loaded words like, "strict" will be replaced with words like, "reasonable."

    October 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  32. Ed from California

    Jack, stop looking at polls.....polls are like(blanks), everyone has one! I see nothing wrong with owning a gun, a rifle, a fishing pole, or anything else you'd like to own, provided you afford it. I don't agree at all, that a private citizen has the right to openly carry it in public. In the woods, yeah, carry it. To the store....oh hell no! The second amendment does not give you the right to carry a gun, only a "Well Regulated Militia", can. Today that, "Well Regulated Militia", is the Armed Services.......Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, FBI, Police agencies....

    October 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  33. Founders1791

    Why are the American people "supporting 2nd Amendment"? Why are the American People "supporting Free Speech"?

    As a Life Member of the NRA, Conservative, and Small Business Owner the simple answer is this....

    ---- IT IS IN THE CONSTITUTION DUMMY ---– Try READING IT for once !

    The Lame Stream Media at work questioning "our basic rights" enshrined in the "Bill of Rights" and they wonder why? Pathetic.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  34. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, I think many Americans have decided to accept that we are the murder capitol of the world, and they may as well get one themselves to protect from the flood of guns going to gang members, right-wing hate cults and perhaps someone in their own family, where gun crimes occur as much as robberies or gang killings. America has chosen to live by the gun and we all reap the results.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  35. Richard35 Canfield, Ohio

    Because a "nut" can suddenly appear anywhere in one's life and threaten harm to him.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  36. Rich McKinney, Texas

    First off Jack banning anything does not do away with it. In fact it gives it more value. Bad guys do not bother to register firearms. Only honest people do that. What we have in America are those people that want to own guns and those that do not want to own guns. How they get them is a whole other issue. What they use those guns for is another.

    Sometimes bad people do bad things. They do not always use a gun. Some use a knife or club. The person they attacked is just as dead or just as injured. We do not outlaw guns because if used properly they are completely safe. Cars cause more deaths each year then guns but we don't outlaw them either.

    As the population of America grows so does the threat of violence. The more unstable the government becomes the more people will own guns. Without a reasonable way to defend ourselves we become potential victims.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  37. Doug

    My guess would be, that the people don't trust the Government anymore. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  38. Jim

    Jack,

    Fear-mongering takes its toll whether it's by the NRA or the GOP. We're being told that the ranks of burglars and other felons are rising at the same time that police departments are being cut back. People are frightened and confused, so they arm themselves against the bogyman lurking outside their door. It plays right into the hands of Conservatives and gun makers. And if some child playing with daddy's gun kills himself or a friend, well, that's just collateral damage, isn't it?

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    October 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  39. Daniel

    Gun Control is falling out of favor because the American people no longer feel safe and secure in America. We live in a time where crime in rampant and most american are already struggling as it is so they want something to help protect what little they got.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  40. Marc in Canada

    I can't ajnswer your question Jack. The response seems to defy logic and common sense. American made guns can be found all over the world now used to commit crimes and murder innocent victims. My advice to friends and family members is to boycot travel to the USA. You have a murder rate that far exceeds lives lost in wars and mass murders that seemingly occur weekly in unpredictabe and normally peaceful locations throughout the USA. It's not going to get any better with the growing trend of tolerance and support for these small weapons of mass distruction.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  41. bud rupert

    The country was founded on violence and has continued to be embroiled in conflict in one form or another since our inception. Couple that together with the Constitutions second amendment you have part of the answer. Then you have people that really believe that by having their guns they prevent government getting out of control. Like these stupid militias are going to take on the 82nd airborne. Please!

    October 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  42. Soldier

    Though there is no direct corellation to the numbers of guns and violence, crime has gone down and the number of gun owners has gone up. No gun control law has ever had any significant effect on violence. NY state has the gun data base thing that has cost something like 100M$ and how many crimes has it solved?.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  43. Larry -Denver

    It's no longer at the top of anyones list. Who can afford guns these days? How about we stop majoring in minors and get on to the most volatile issues of the day. Must we keep doing abortion, gun control , and items that people really dont care to fix today? tis the economy stupids!

    October 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  44. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Because people want to be able to buy guns to protect themselves against the next depression and the crime rate that will ensue when it happens. Plus people want to be able to rob the rich and give it to the 99%.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  45. Rex in Portland, Oregon

    Like President Obama once said, the people out of work are bitter and want to cling to their guns and religions. Since the bush era there are tons of folk out of work. I only hope they are clinging to their guns to put an end to this trickle-down lie propagated by reaganism, clintonism, and bushism. There is one thing for sure, though: if and when the private ownership of guns of any type becomes a liability to the ruling classes in this nation, ALL guns will be collected and handed over to the police.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  46. Marilyn

    Because people realize more stupid things happen with a gun than without one.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  47. David from Herndon, VA

    Consequences of a bad education system over the last few decades are catching up with us.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  48. Richard

    Desperate times plus desperate people usually equals higher crime. I think that people realize this and just want a way to protect their families and assets, and they don't blame other people from wanting to do the same.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  49. Brandon

    Because civilians are starting to realize that no matter what kind of legislation is passed, criminals will always have guns and they might want to consider protecting themselves.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  50. Jeff

    Becuase it is the only feeling of power we have in a world full of crime and leaders grabbing power against the will of the people.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  51. Geoffrey in Lowell MA

    I am a Gun owner, a supporter of the first amendment and a liberal. The NRA went from doing their job to generally being a lobbying tool for the extreme right. They have gone far beyond gun rights in their activities. I cancelled my membership and I will support them no longer. There is a strong case in Liberal philosophy for gun rights but the NRA is taken over by right wingers and they missed an opportunity.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  52. vin

    To answer your question, Jack: Because the preponderance of Americans are suffering from intellectual atrophy, NASCARitis, perpetual overt racism, yadda-yadda, yadda.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  53. Synapse

    Because the NRA scared the bejesus out of the gun community by claiming President Obama wanted to take away everyones guns... They stockpiled [to the point of creating shortages] weapons and ammo... and now they're not afraid anymore.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  54. Sylvia from San Diego

    Given the economic conditions of our country, people are in fear of lawlessness which usually follows when one feels that they are unable to provide the basic necessities for themsellf and their family. Shame on Obama and the democrats for creating this economic mess! Obama was given 3 years to fix the problems he inherited and he only made things worse. I hope people remember this at the voting polls....

    October 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  55. Mark

    People recognize a couple of things: there aren't enough police for them to be a real source of protection, and most people killed or injured by guns are killed or injured by people they know and not by random occurrence. Thus the old saw: guns don't kill people, people kill people.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  56. aubrie

    To many people have seen and become victims of gun crime.... the world has fast become a VERY violent place and many don't want to contribute to it anymore. I know I don't. I just doesn't seem worth it in the end.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  57. someone2200

    It may sound cliche but people are finally starting to realize that the only people that gun control affect are the law abiding citizens. Criminals are going to find a way to get their hands on weapons they do it anyway. Therefor stricter gun control hurts those who will actually use a gun properly, for sport or protection.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  58. Donald Willerton

    I live in Los Alamos, New Mexico. I have been a gun owner all my life but rarely fire any of them. I do not carry concealed weapons. Yet.

    I believe that people are more willing to recognize that the control needs to be on the bad people who do bad things, not the particular instruments they choose to use. I also believe that people are more willing to recognize that they should be allowed to be equipped on par with the bad people who might threaten them.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  59. Dan Lee

    Why does CNN have the Headline for this Story totally wrong? Support for Gun Rights is not low, support for Gun Restrictions & Control is. Not a minor mistake.. Need some quality control!

    October 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  60. SF

    People of all political persuasions realize that "gun control" only controls THEIR access to guns and the protection they provide. It has never and will never control access to guns by powerful politicians, the wealthy, and other members of the privileged class in this country.
    Burlington, Vermont

    October 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  61. Tim

    It isn't about clinging to our guns. More Americans are realizing that the police can only do something after the fact, and with the cuts across the nation in public safety people are more concerned about protecting their families and are beginning to understand the need for the Second Amendment.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  62. mike

    with all the gun violence in america, it's time for tighter regulations. republiecons want to let everyone wear guns on their hips. like dodge city in the 1800's or something. we live in a law abiding society, and need more gun laws. in my opinion, they should outlaw guns in america. we have less lethal ways to protect ourselves now. we don't need to go backwards. we need to move this country forward. progressive america is the correct way forward. not num-skull repukes way backwards...

    October 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  63. Todd-Columbus

    My personal thought is more people see banning guns as another intrusion in their personal life. I own a gun that is for hunting and another for self-protection. I like to be able to protect myself from criminals who do not follow the laws of the land as I do. My guns are registered and not used for unlawful means.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  64. John

    The simple reason is that Americans recognize that guns are not the real issue. A gun is just a tool and like any other tool it can be used for good or evil. In many ways we have the media to thank for this since they cried wolf so many times that they killed their own credibility on the issue. The real question is, why should honest citizens be barred from owning guns?

    October 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  65. Jack Sucks

    Because NOBODY CARES! But, hey, it gave you a chance to regurgitate Obama quotes you feel put him in an unfavorable light.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  66. Burbank from CA

    One word. APATHY. That's at the root of most of the problems we face now. People were asleep and didn't wake up until it affected them directly. Now they are feeling the pain and there is no one to blame but themselves.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  67. jeff

    Anyone who thinks this is a country of nice people needs to think again. Everyone is preparing......

    October 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  68. Joe from Brigantine, NJ

    I think that the sane people who do not believe that Uzis should be sold at "Kids are us" have become tired of pushing the wet noodle called Congress toward any rational conclusion particularly because they are in the NRA's pocket and they will do nothing.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  69. carey georgas

    It's a scary trend. Interesting to note that the number opposing a ban (76%) is roughly inverse to the latest stat I've seen of Americans who trust the government (24%). I would venture to say that in 1959, the trust stat and the ban stat were close to being in agreement.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  70. us1776

    You've got black-market drug-cartel gangs conducting automatic weapons battles using assault rifles in broad daylight.

    What do you expect? People now feel they need to buy an assault rifle just to protect their own home.

    I guess when the drug-cartels start using anti-aircraft guns we'll have to buy some of those as well.

    .

    October 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  71. DAnna Sviridova Leadville, CO

    Perhaps, as more and more Americans recognize the elimination of civil liberties, police/political/corporate brutality and the theft of our economy by warmongers, the founders warnings of unrestrained government have hit home. We are armed to protect our country from those who deny the exhistance the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  72. nmballa

    My theory on this is that as government intrusion in to personal lives and it's need to extend itself via expanding laws etc. citizens have begun to cling to gun rights as a symbol of freedom less than the actual belief in gun rights itself.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  73. Montana Libertarian

    The declining support for gun control may be related, in part, to the fact that people are beginning to understand gun possession as a protective factor against stranger assaults, burglaries and home invasions. People understand that no degree of draconian controls on guns will prevent incidents like the Gifford shooting or the Fort Hood shooting, one caused by derangement, the other by religious fanaticism.

    Additionally, it is well known that states with "shall issue" licenses for carrying concealed handguns experience declines in muggings and other forms of violence, whereas places, like Washington DC and Chicago, where irrational political machines seek to disarm all but the criminal element, continue to suffer victimization of the innocent by thugs.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  74. Bill

    Americans are in favor for guns due to the fact we are realizing that the government cannot protect us. As the saying goes, when seconds count, the police are minutes away.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  75. Bob

    (It would seem statistically,) many of the pro-gun folks are baby-boomers or later generations... who are falling by the wayside. There goes your support base.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  76. Jay C

    People are wising up and seeing beyond the hyperbole. It's the same reason that cars are not banned after car accidents. Also the most restricted cities for gun ownership have the highest crime. With prisons just being a revolving door, citizens should be allowed revolvers.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  77. Bertina

    What Obama said still holds true, obviously.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  78. Will

    Because gun control does NOTHING to prevent crime? Criminals, by definition, WILL NOT OBEY a hand gun ban.

    I live in a city that has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, in a state that's probably the most liberal in the nation (Massachusetts). This city of 150,000 people just had its 19th homicide... committed with a firearm. Meanwhile, a neighboring state (New Hampshire) has next to no firearm regulations, and yet has one of the lowest rates per capita of firearm-related crime in the United States.

    Gun control DOES NOT prevent crime - it prevents LAW ABIDING CITIZENS FROM PROTECTING THEMSELVES.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  79. Johnny L. Smith, Tuscaloosa, AL

    Jack,
    Down here in the South we all know that you're not a real man unless you have the means to kill somebody. It helps us pretend that we're not terrified of everything around us.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  80. 2BLBJJ

    Extreme mistrust of the current administration would also be a cue...

    October 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  81. Paul

    I don't know if this is the answer but it is a fact that strict gun laws only make it harder for responsible people who have a legitimate reason for owning guns to protect themselves and their property to purchase and own a gun. While criminals pay no attention to strict gun laws. Strict gun laws only make responsible people more vulnerable in their own homes.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  82. Gerald

    The support for gun control is running low because, as we've seen on the news recently, more out of control spending resulting in greater debt, and more and more jobs either getting out-sourced or just outright eliminated have made Americans more fearful of the tough times ahead. We are going down the road to a "kill or be killed" mentality.

    Gerald from Tampa

    October 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  83. David

    That's easy Jack. Everyone wants to defend their home against rising criminal acitivity. In my state of Mississippi we have a "Castle" doctrine which permits a homeowner to shoot home invaders. I plan to excercise this right without hesitance.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  84. Buddy Gold

    I believe your broad statement that Democrats as a whole support stricter gun laws is entirely incorrect. I fully support the 2nd amendment and the right for license holders to carry concealed handguns. I believe we should fully enforce existing gun laws without adding more strict gun laws. And I fully support the NRA. And, by the way, I'm a Democrat. Maybe you mean some Democrats. have you polled homeowners without guns to see if they really favor more strict laws, or do hey support what's in place already, but just don't own a gun. Please report the news, not make up the news.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  85. Chris

    . We were told gun control would make us safer, so we did it. It failed to lower violent crime rates as promised. Now that gun control laws are being repealed and more people have gun, the crime rate has gone down. Go into a gun show, then walk into a mall, and then think about where you are treated with more respect at. I guarantee that you will never meet a more well-mannered group of random people than you do at a gun show.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  86. Jason Zahn

    It seems obvious that these statistics would be at their lowest ever. Approval ratings for our government are lower than ever. Why the right to keep and bear arms was so dear to our forefathers?

    October 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  87. Joshua

    It's human nature to desire protection. It could take the shape of a fancy deadbolt, thorn bushes under bedroom windows, an 8ft high privacy fence or a loaded glock under your pillow. Asking American's to turn off their primal urges to protect both people and property, and hope for "outside protection" to arrive in time, is so out-of-touch with the human syche it's archaic. We do not wish for protection, we're hard-wired to produce it!

    October 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  88. Jenna Roseville CA

    Why is support for gun control at record lows?

    Jack,

    I am a Democrat and a Liberal and I own a gun that I keep in my home.

    I support gun control. There is no reason why citizens NEED to own automatice weapons.

    We have armed services to protect us (our militia)

    How soon we all forget Columbine and the assassination attempt on Rep Gabby Giffords. It is not uncommon to hear that mentally unstable people can go to gun shows and buy weapons.

    There are more guns then their are people in the US and we are no more safer than other nations that do not allow their citizens to own guns.

    If anything we need tougher gun control not weaker laws.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    October 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  89. John in NY

    Could it have anything to do with the fact that most gun laws do nothing to reduce crime and in fact only restict legal ownership?

    October 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  90. RichP

    People are waking up and taking more personal responsibility for their own protection and defense. You will also find that in states that have shall issue laws for concealed carry the crime rates drop very quickly. The fact that police are not required by law to protect you as decided by the SCOTUS also has a bearing on this.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  91. John

    Because Americans who were formerly for strict handgun laws now see that there will very little done. So I'm thinking that they're thinking if there are going to be so many people out there with handguns, then i'll just have to get one for protection. Oh wait, now that i've bought one, i can't exactly want stricter gun laws now can I? Hmmm.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  92. Mike, Calgary

    Jack-
    It can only be because people refuse to look at the statistics showing that gun owners, more often than not, kill or wound themselves or family members. As for the mass killings that take place, nobdy seems to care . . .

    October 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  93. Peter

    Why is support for gun control declining? Simply put, because the American people don't like liars. Gun control proponents label themselves as "gun safety" advocates yet I have yet to see one of them support actual gun safety classes. Their idea of gun safety - don't own a gun! Sorry Brady Center, the American people aren't interested in what you are peddling.
    Peter, Teaneck NJ

    October 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  94. Josh

    Maybe because Americans realize that bad guys will always get their hands on guns and we're tired of watching innocent people cower while they're being robbed/assaulted. 911 isn't going to help you when a thug confronts you in a dark parking lot or starts trying to bust through your window. Criminals love it when victims are defenseless...what they don't love is the sound of a shotgun pump.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  95. George

    I think support for gun control is at record lows because people are figuring out that it doesn't work. Criminals do not care if guns are illegal – they'll just get them illegally. Banning guns would have an affect not unlike prohibition in that it would create a huge black market for guns and put money and power in the hands of organized crime. I'm sure that organized crime, which has been severely weakened, would live a ban on guns, or cigarettes for that matter. Outlaw cigarettes or make them to expensive and you just put more money in the hands of criminals. Look at the level of cigarette smuggling in New York and New Jersey if you need evidence of that.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  96. Mike

    Maybe people are realizing that they are responsible for their own personal safety. With violence becoming more random, and the boundaries of "those" parts of town are not so clear anymore. Sounds like people are fed up with being prayed upon. Plenty will cry foul and say guns are dangerous, and serve no useful purpose. Truth is, Guns are used every day by average citizens to prevent a crime from ever happening. Law enforcement can't be everywhere all the time. We are truly responsible for our own personal safety. if you don't believe me, Google Warren vs. DC and Hertzler vs. City of San Jose just to name a few examples.

    Mike from Richmond, Va, proud father, and concealed handgun carrier.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  97. Fritz from Long Island

    Gun control is at an all time low because people realize we may need them in real life. The foreign situation gets more turbid and unclear every day, the domestic situation is no better. Those with power wish to consolidate that power, those without it wish to seize it. Power never concedes, it shoots first.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  98. Rick

    For the record, I'm an easterner with a permit to carry a concealed weapon. I completely support strict gun controls – waiting periods, training classes, a reason to have a gun, background checks, only buy from a licensed & reputable dealer, etc. I do believe guns are considered part of the American culture, from day one in our history. 35,000 people are killed in cars each year but we aren't moving to ban them. And people believe that is you take away guns, only bad people will have them. I'd like more journalists to experience a gun range to tell the story accurately. They are fun to shoot but come with great responsibility.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  99. Josh

    Maybe people are beginning to understand that stricter controls on firearms may not necessarily reduce crime. You cannot legislate morality. If someone wants to harm somebody, they will. Lets lock up criminals and repeat offenders for good and not the guns from people who are law abiding.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  100. bob

    Simple: Handgun bans do not affect criminals.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  101. Jason

    Because the country is gradually becoming more insane. Look at what people support in politics. You could put Charles Manson in the Republican debates and nobody would blink. I won't be surprised if people soon don't support the right for individuals to own nuclear weapons.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  102. NocommentCNN

    because the only person I trust with a gun is me. Certainly do not want my government to have all the guns and the people none. Have you seen the trust level of government lately?

    October 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  103. Tony

    I believe the fact that crime rates in major cities has dropped as gun control laws were relaxed may be a factor. I feel people now realize that criminal by definition do not obey laws and stricter gun control only leads to more victims unable to defend themselves.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  104. Rich

    I would like to see the NRA lobby for a national "open carry" law. That way, the "Occupy Wall Street" protestesters will be allowed to openly carry AR-15s, AK-47s, Uzis, etc. just like the gun control advocates did in Arizona when Obama was there.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  105. Greg

    Simple really. People have seen that 20+ years of gun control in the East have not cut the crime problem. People have seen pro-gun states (41) are safer, People are beginning to realize that they alone are responsible for their safety and most of all, people are realizing that criminals will break the law regardless of what the law says.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  106. Patti

    Because of an appalling lack of common sense.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  107. Don Settle Salisbury Nc

    No one sees the world as being safer now. Many cities are cutting police forces and people feel the need for security.It is the idea of self-reliance for personal security that matters now.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  108. Phil

    I'm a democrat who is opposed to gun control. Everyone needs at least one. You can't group all the democrats into one pile and say they all favor strict gun laws.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  109. m burk

    I think people are against gun control because it does not work. Only the law abiding person would follow the law and the criminal will break it , thats why they are criminals. To have only criminals armed is crazy and people have figured that fact out for themselfs. There needs to be long sentences for people that use guns to commit crime but just owning one for self defense or sport should not be criminal.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  110. Jason

    I would say that maybe it is because citizens are finally understanding the old NRA mantra of "Guns dont kill people, people kill people." The counter to that is that it seems like citizens are increasingly wanting to blame society or others for their personal failures.

    Kennesaw, GA ["Gun Town, USA"]

    October 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  111. Ryan

    People are going to need their weapons. They realize the government doesn't back them up on anything and a LARGE portion of the population is desperate with nothing to lose. Our government and the people that have bought them have sold us out. This congress is the worst set of leaders this country has ever seen and it doesn't look like anything besides violence is going to change that. We 've been taken advantage of for far too long. The only thing left is to protect ourselves and we need our guns for that.

    Ryan
    Madison, WI

    October 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  112. U.S.Army-OverLord

    This is a simple one. Anyone who lives out in these streets knows that gun laws only affect law abiding citizens. How many gangsters have permits for their weapons?!? I have been around weapons all of my life. I’m from Long Beach California and I’ve come closer to being killed on the streets out there, than 18 years in the Army with four deployments. Go Figure. I own an AK-47, shotgun, and a handgun. Why would I ever need to give up my weapons if I have not committed any crime with them?!? I’m La Monte by the way and I’m stationed in Indianapolis, IN.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  113. John from Pikeville, TN

    Jack, Because more and more americans are learning that guns don't kill people. Bad people kill people. Gun control only hurts the law abiding citizens and prohibits us from protecting ourself. Criminals don't get guns the legal way anyways. Saying guns kill people is like saying forks and spoons makes us fat!

    October 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  114. Matt Pino

    Gun Control support is low because now that the US has been flooded with so many guns that people feel there will be no real impact on crime in the US if bans are passed. It seems more like a battle that not only can't be won but is pointless to pursue. Also there are more important issues that must be dealt with in our society at the moment.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  115. Paul P.

    I believe that at least part of the reason is that we as a society are further away from the personal horrors and violence of war. During the Vietnam era many more of us personally experienced violence up close; we saw it and lived it. It was on the nightly news every night; right along with the body counts. “250 dead this week” etc. Our friends and families were near to it. The majority of Americans knew someone who was part of it. The fact is that today such violence, although seemingly “all around us”, actually isn’t up close and personal. We have romanticized it and along with that the instruments so often responsible for the blood shed.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  116. Skydiver

    ITs simple, with budgets straining and police being dropped from the force is it any wonder?
    Finally people are realizing that the cops can't be there to protect you so its up to you to be proactive and protect yourself.
    Crime is going up, cops are going down and unemployment is going up. Is it really a wonder why gun control is down.
    Truth told gun control has no effect on criminals on law abiding citizens. Stop restricting us law abiding citizens!!!

    October 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  117. ChuckB

    More than ever before in recent times the individual is on his or her own for protection. Funds for policing are drying up; it is becoming more common for the police to only show up after a crime is committed. Protection is left up to each person. In general I have no use for Rick Perry, but I am with him in regard to being armed when I go out at night; however, I think he shows poor judgment in only carrying a .380 ACP. The smallest cartridge for self protection should be a 9mm. As with him, my area has roving bands of coyotes, and they can be aggressive. Fortunately we don’t have too many two legged vermin, but one never knows. Liberal, but armed and dangerous.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  118. Paul

    Repeat lies often enough, and they come to be accepted as truth. There's a wave of paranoia about "government regulation" including gun control coming from the right wing. In the meantime pretty much every nutcase that wants a gun can get one with tragic results, as we've seen all too often.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  119. Brian Katy, TX

    Support for gun control laws is low because more laws are unnecesary. Good people do not need laws to prevent bad bahavior, and bad people will ignore the laws altogether that prevent bad behavior.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  120. Dave

    I think it's because people have finally figured out that the more restrictions you put on guns, the more advantage the crimials have over the general population. IOW, people have figured out that gun control is counterproductve – it simply doesn't work.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  121. Mike from Vancouver

    What was support against freedom of speech polling at? What was support against the 10th amendment polling at? Probably not very high either. The 2nd amendment, is a Constitutional right. A right cannot be taken away; the right to bear arms, is protected by law. People are finally starting to recognize (or at least remember) that this is a nation of laws and a nation of rights. And regardless of how we feel about them, or however controversial, Americans have those rights regardless of the opinion of anyone. Besides, America is facing more important issues right now than taking away the rights of other citizens who choose to have a handgun or a rifle as their property. Frankly, I don't see how this is a bad thing anyways; it tells me that support against the Constitution's provisions is dropping and that the respect for rule of Constitutional law is increasing.

    Mike from Vancouver

    October 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  122. Sean Stallings

    Support for any type of government control over citizens is usually during times of emergencies. As the populace becomes better educated on what government control actually means, they're usually against it - guns, or any other topic.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  123. BIll in VA

    It could be a lot of things. It might be that people are finally coming to the realization that if outlawed or restricted, such laws will only impact law abiding citizens. It might be that in all walks of life people realize many of their neighbors have weapons for hunting or nothing more than a hobby like target practice or merely collecting. Or it might be that they watch the news every night and fear where this country is headed and want to hedge their bets in case they decide they may need a gun.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  124. DemFL

    These days even those of us wanting gun control know it isn't possible. When you have government allowing the sale of arms to Mexico. It's appearent we need them too just to protect ourselves from our neighbors.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  125. AngelaVan

    Citizens are starting to realize that passing stricter gun laws does not protect them; it removes their right to defend themselves. A ban on semiautomtic handguns is not going to take those guns out of the hands of the people that are committing crimes. It places law-abiding citizens at an unsafe disadvantage.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  126. Tom in Desoto, TX

    The education system is working, people believe guns have zero involvement when a bullet kills someone, the bullet went off on it's own. I had my fill of weapons of death when I was in Vietnam. I haven't had a weapon in my hands since I left there in November 1970.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  127. Jeff in San Diego

    Please no gun controls. When the 99 percent are tired of their peaceful protest going nowhere, the 1 percent shouldn't be the only ones with guns.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  128. Bert

    Because the Republican ran GOP is a "Do Nothing GOP". Nothing is getting passed so why try.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  129. Sybaris

    What's funny are the nuts that believe an armed citizenry keeps the government fearful of the people. That may have been true 200+ years ago when the citizens weapons were on par with that of Federal forces but what's 12 guage totin' Bubba gonna do against an F-18?

    October 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  130. Peter

    As a gun owner/hunter for over 35 years, I support the people's right to own guns... Just not any gun. The far right fringes have captured the 2nd amendment narrative, and most people are turned off by their message.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  131. Jane

    Maybe support for gun control is waning because our federal government has largely ignored border security. It's possible that people feel if they have a gun at home at least they can defend their own life and property.
    Minnesota

    October 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  132. Robert

    Atlanta
    Besides being more aware of the rights enumerated in our Constitution, I believe that people today are better informed generally. TV in 1959 led us to believe that the law always got their man and that the police had an obligation to protect us. Now we know that law enforcement success rate is relatively low, the police have no obligation to protect us, that the police usually get there after you or your loved ones have been the victim of a crime not before, and you are probably not going to get your stuff back after a robbery. Also, urban people used to think that their neighbors would come to their aid if a violent crime occurred. Now most people worry about lawsuits or the time they would have to spend in court or have been conditioned by law enforcement to call 911 and let the professionals handle it. Then there is demographics. As a young man, I thought I could hold my own but as an old man have come to realize that my grandson could probably lick me in a fight. Your size or your age makes little difference when it comes to efficiency with a gun.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  133. Brian Downes

    Why shouldn't support for gun control be at record lows?

    If you compare the number of guns in private hands in America to the number of guns used in unjust shootings plus the number of firearms accidents, you see that only a very small minority of guns are misused. It is against liberty and the Constitution to suggest that all Americans and all future generations of Americans should be stripped of the right to keep and bear arms because of the misdeeds of a very few.

    People die in swimming pool accidents, but we don't suggest banning swimming pools. People are killed by dogs every year in America, but no one says we should ban dogs. Thousands of Americans die every year in violence or accidents related to alcohol, but no one says we should ban alcohol. We should view gun rights the same way we view any number of other things.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  134. ivan

    It's the extention of open season on Clowns!

    October 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  135. gary

    USA is sick with guns, sick with obsession with violence. Real men don't need guns.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  136. Dennis north carolina

    Americans do not feel safe. our society is more violent than in pass history. the world is more violent and American hate is at a all time high. gun control is the least of our worries.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  137. Tim

    It's obvious, isn't it? Very little faith in government.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  138. Sam

    I do believe that most people understand that guns are not the problem. The problems we as a civilized society must endure ultimately transcend who has access to guns and whether or not they are obtained legally. Guns are a lot like drugs when it comes to obtaining them. They will always in one way or another be obtainable. I am hardly a card carrying member of the NRA and I would not protest against stricter gun legislation but when someone uses a gun with malicious and criminal intent, it is naive to think that the ability to obtain the gun by a potential perpetrator of gun violence is the sole cause.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  139. Dwayne

    The bad guys will always have their guns. The fact that a law abiding citizen might have guns of his own is the only deterent for the criminal looking for the soft target. Common criminals aren't afraid of jail anymore. I am against any measure of gun control that reduces my ability to defend myself. If you want to control something, try controlling the multi-billion dollar gun making industry. Maybe if so many guns weren't made, there would fewer in the hands of criminals. Until then, I'll stand ready to defend myself against all who would try to harm me or take what I've worked for.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  140. Joseph Chimienti

    The people are waking up to the nightmare that is government. The 2nd Amendment was the founders way of providing teeth to the independence of the people. The liberals tried like crazy to remove it, but those days are gone. Very soon, you will see a Federal Concealed Carry permit, allowing you to carry anywhere in the US with this permit. The 2nd Amendment right is the only one that is usurped by the states and the localities, essentially giving counties the ability to supress your Constitutional right. Apply that to the 1st Amendment, and you see how ridiculous that is.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  141. BarD2010

    Seems like it could be tied to a steep increase in the distrust, disgust and fear of government. History has been a good teacher as to what governments can do to its unarmed masses. England seized guns and weapons from the colonist in order to press unwanted and punitive taxes. This is one of the key reasons the founding fathers made sure to make gun ownership a clearly stated right in the Bill of Rights.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  142. Tim C.

    First, because Americans now realize that gun laws DONT WORK. Only law abiding citizens adhear to them leaving them vulnerable to those criminals with guns. Moreover, criminals who use guns, represent such a small minority that it makes no sense for their actions to impact the 99.99999% of Americans that are law abiding citizens.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  143. Dave, Edmonds, Wash

    Maybe It's not gun control support per se that's at record lows; maybe it's simply a lack of enthusiasm for any non jobs related issue. When you've lost your job and the medical benefits that went with it, and you can't cover your mortgage payments, it's pretty hard to work up much of a dither about anything else. What's that old bromide about not having the time to drain the swamp when you're up to your neck in aligators?

    October 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  144. Gary Hughes

    One reason may be that the NRA and similar groups have been successful with the enactment of laws in states that strengthen the constitutional rights of individuals while eliminating inequity. Take Iowa, for example, where a year ago the sheriff within each of the State's 99 counties had complete personal discretion concerning how they issued non-professional permits to carry weapons (such as whether they would issue or not, as well as whether they would restrict permits they issued). To equalize the situation, the legislature re-wrote the State's weapons law to standardize rules that govern who may be issued a permit to carry, as well as where / how they may carry. With just a safety course now required, that doesn't even requires a gun to be handled, let alone fired, the result has been an explosion of new permits issued since the first of the year. (Note: with such class, a blind person will be issued a permit to carry, the same as any sighted person.) For many, there was initially a certain degree of expectation for lawlessness . . . such as old west shoot-outs in the street. But, the opposite has resulted. With so many permits issued, it is now a pretty safe bet that no one can go out in public without encountering someone who is carrying a weapon (likely concealed, although not required). Criminals, who often possess a firearm illegally, are now less likely to engage in criminal activity for fear of retaliation by those they endanger, or a by-stander. More than ever before, people are realizing that gun control does NOT deter crime, but engaging citizens with their right to self-defense does. Gary – Marion, Iowa

    October 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  145. Keith, from Oregon

    uh,....because most of us believe in the Constitution.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  146. ChildOfGod

    The reason support for control is so low is because gun control is plain stupid. Guns do NOTHING harmful to the community at all. If all guns were banned, people would still kill each other, and all of the "bad guys" would still have their guns illegally while the good citizens would be defenseless.

    Honestly I wouldn't mind the government issuing out military-grade weapons to every adult male like Sweden does... their crime is at an all time low.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  147. Tim

    How about people finally realize that the gub'mit can't take away our rights and this one guarantee's us that the gub'mit will not try to infringe on the others.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  148. Annie, Atlanta

    Because rightwing media has scared the living daylights out of those who can be scared, and they're stocking up. That's just the way the wind is blowing right now. Hopefully it will calm down. Being able to shoot of 30 or more rounds from a piece of equipment meant solely to kill human beings in seconds is not only absurd but obscene, but what do I know.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  149. Frank M. in SoCal

    Support for Pro-gun ownership is up because people have finally realized that is was the anti-gun liberal media that had been spreading lies, and creating fear over guns and shooting sports for many years. Especially in California, it is now time to VOTE OUT these anti-gun Democrat politicians who have crushed out gun ownership rights for so many years!

    October 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  150. Bill of New Mexico

    A) Increaingly, there are fewer who have not been a victim of crime.

    B) Crime gives the victim an education:

    -1) You learn fear as you never knew fear.

    -2) You will want revenge as you never knew.

    C) Home invasions:

    -1) Up

    -2) quicker, more brutal

    -3) dress as police

    D) Meth epidemic:

    -1) Crazed, the meth will burn his grandparents in the trunk for money and hide his crime

    -2) Parking lots become dangerous in daylight

    -3) A meth will attack a convenience store with a tire tool

    E) There are no witnesses:

    -1) No one will come to your rescue

    -2) Witnesses are then threatened and then killed.

    F) If anyone is going to protect you–it is going to have to be you.

    G) Mistrust of the government that allowed this environment

    H) Do you really want to have gun control? After you have been a victim of a crime.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  151. Charles

    When you got liberals protecting criminals who are in-charge, the only way to protect yourself is with a gun.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  152. Gail, Plano TX.

    Because, Jack, people in America are afraid of their own shadows and think guns will protect them. Sorry to say. It is an embarassment to live here in Dodge. The man who is Givernor of this state packs while jogging, just in case he is attacked by a coyote! And this is who you would choose for your Prwsident?

    October 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  153. Andrew Kellberg

    Support for gun control is at record lows because people finally realize that banning guns won't stop gun crimes. People realize that they are safer if good, law abiding citizens are allowed to carry guns for protection. Criminals will carry guns regardless of whether they are legal or not. So the only people you are preventing access to guns with gun bans are the good guys who you want to have a gun if someone with bad intentions and a gun is threatening your life.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  154. MasterPo

    Gun control and gun banning are two different things. I think a majority support stricter and more pervasive background checks and waiting periods to purchase firearms. But an across the board federal handgun ban would definitely be against the spirit and legal practice of the 2nd amendment.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  155. Kenny Carcaterra

    Because people know what's coming.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  156. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    ever think the way things are going in America, esp state and local govenments cutting police forces, that maybe people just might NEED a GUN in the future. Jack?

    October 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  157. R.H. Weaver

    It would appear that a greater number of Americans believe that they have the right of self protection and are insistent enough that their views are being heard. Ironically, the ban on handguns or any other type of legitimate firearm seems to embolden the lawless by perhaps encouraging more violence. When a criminal knows that his intended victim probably doesn't have a weapon at hand for self defense it seems there is little to deter him from proceeding with his intended crime. I don't think abuse of guns is so egregious as to warrant restricting most law abiding citizens from possessing a handgun or other firearm. After all there have been crimes committed with automobiles and no one is seeking the abolition of motorized vehicles.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  158. John

    maybe because we have a second amendment?

    October 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  159. Linda Reed Waldport, oregon

    Consider several points?
    Many people don't want to give up their basic right to gun ownership and effective self protection.
    Gun owners and shooters like guns and like other hobbies or collections they enjoy the satisfaction of ownership.
    I and many fellow Democrats while moderates politcally, share the fun of guns sports with our conservative friends.
    Many citizens in some areas experience burglaries, home invasions, rape, murder, etc. today and they continue to prevail and police response time is usaully after the fact ?
    Criminals try to avoid those they suspect may have a gun and can use it.
    Self protecion is a basic human instinct and the bad guys have weapons and an un armed person is at a huge disadvantage in an encounter, often ending with violence against the un prepared citizen.
    It is better to have and not need, than to need and not have!
    If guns are outlawed, then only the outlaws will have guns?
    Tyrants love to have un armed populations that they can abuse. Note the middle east, China, Russia, etc.
    Women with a gun and training feel more secure than without if alone.
    Some of my ideas on the topic. Thank God for the 2nd amendment in America.
    The meek shall inherit the crap!
    Have a good safe day folks.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  160. Chuck

    Here’s my question to you: Why is support for gun control at record lows?

    Here's my answer: Because Americans are warry of Government control of their lives.

    Americans realize that while incidents such as the tragic attack on Rep. Giffords make big news exactly for the same reason that cnn.com recently ran a big story on the discovery of a two-headed garden snake: because they are rare. Repealing the second ammendment to the Constitution because of such rare instances would be like using a pile driver to staple papers together. The MAN who attacked the congresswoman - and it was a MAN who did it, not a gun - violated at least one other signficant law when he did that. The lack of laws was not the problem.

    There's an old saying about hammers and nails: when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. When all you have is the power to make new laws, every problem looks like it results from a lack of a law. "There ought to a law against that," becomes the cry and "we'll make a law - and name it after the victim - to prevent that from ever happening again," becomes the only solution.

    But here's the fact: laws don't prevent things from happening. The law against assult with a deadly weapon did not stop the attack on Congresswoman Giffords. Why should we expect adding another law to help more?

    After the last few decades in which the number of laws enacted as ballooned dramatically, Americans are starting to realize that more and more laws do not move us closer to creating for ourselves a heaven on earth.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  161. K

    "Gun-control" is dead. When even CNN and Jack Cafferty report that there is little to no support for it... might be time for U.S. CITIZENS (not "subjects") to recognize and celebrate our unique ability (in the so-called "modern world") to have tools-of-self-defense.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  162. Tony Fargalli

    What will more gun restrictions prevent? Mentally sound, law abiding citizens are the only ones affected by these regulations. If someone wants to commit a heinous act, there are plenty of illegal ways to acquire a firearm which legislation cannot stop. Aren't illegal drugs shipped in here by the ton?

    October 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  163. DanR

    Perhaps people see the wisdom in being able to defend oneself. With the failure of the political system, mortgages, unemployment, healthcare access, need I go on.... people realize they may have need of a wepon at some point for either self-defense or revolt. Gun control is a good way to make sure only criminals have wepons...LOL.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  164. Ron Chaffee

    Maybe the reason gun control is loosing it's hold is because of the two faced, hypocritical, check valve atitude from some of it's suppoters. You have mayors Bloomberg and that other phony ex mayor Daley screaming gun control while they have personnel 24/ 7 protection. You have well publicized incidents of ordinary citizens defending themselves and loved ones with firearms. And finally no matter what law you pass the only ones to obey would be the honest citizens. Any law passed woould be ignored by criminals, in fact they would wlecome more gun control, less chance of getting shot while commiting a crime. Ron Chaffee, Phoenix, AZ

    October 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  165. Mr. D

    This is probably a reflection of citizens being fed up with the government telling us what we can or cannot do.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  166. roger

    A gun is a great equalizer for women, the weak, and the elderly. Even if an attacker is also armed he has no advantage.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  167. Barry

    I obviously can't speak for everyone but I feel like more and more people I talk to are buying guns because they have less and less faith that our government can 1) Take care of them and 2) Act in their best interest. These people aren't paranoid either. I'd rather live in a community that could support itself if needed than one that relied only on the government for support during a crisis.

    From Wellsboro, PA

    October 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  168. Kathleen, Helena MT

    Because the Tea Party has us scared of what they might do.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  169. Keith

    The cause bunnies who used to hop to it, screaming for gun control every time there is a high-profile shooting, are now all busy with the Occupy Wall Street thing. That proves that the true level of public support for strict gun control laws was always much, much smaller than the hard-core anti-gun types wanted us to believe. Just like with the "public outcry" that led to the Volstead Act and Prohibition, the anti-gun lobby was always rather small, they just made so much noise they fooled a lot of people into thinking they were fairly large. Probably, like the people who got Prohibition rammed through, they also used a lot of fake names to try to make their group appear larger than it was. Now that they have discovered the true extent of their student loan debts they are too busy screaming about the evil of banks, and there are very few people still screaming about the evil of guns.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  170. bonnie from NJ

    Almost everyday there is some nut job with a gun shooting up a school, workplace etc. etc. Why people would not support gun control is beyond me. The incident in Arizona in my mind makes a case for more gun control, not less. In these situations do you really think having everyone around armed is going to help, it is going to get more innocent people shot. Most of these people who demand second amendment rights are extremely hypocritical when it comes to my privacy of controlling my own body, my choice of partner, what religion I follow. This is not the Wild West. Recently Jack you questions sound like Fox questions, as in you are trying to guide the person's answer to your opinion.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  171. jason

    This is because its our constitutional right as Americans to protect ourselves...... " like the Arizona shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others." I think everybody would like to protect themselve and everybody has the right too, espically when a criminal illegals obtains an illegal weapon.... Lets not live in fear... This is a good step in the right direction because America has become too soft.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  172. 5765ydhhddd

    The nation with the highest percentage of gun ownership, has one of the lowest percentage of crime.

    A lot less people are wiling to rob someone when they know there is a high percentage chance that they are armed.

    Im all for banning certain weapons. For instance rpgs, automatic assault rifles, etc. But the rest, as long as you aren't a convicted criminal i think everyone should be armed. (i don't personally own a gun, but absolutely believe in the right to)

    October 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  173. jeff6187

    Whether "right or wrong", "good or bad", guns afford a sense of protection to their holder. So the question really is: why do people feel a stronger need to feel safe or protected? Look around! It's not just crime. It's the economy. It's an all time low in the trust afforded our political leaders. And suppose that you actually become the victim of a crime. The police in many areas are stretched so thin that it's customary to have no investigation beyond filing a report, with the understanding that more than likely, your crime will not be solved. More than ever, people feel that "it's up to me, I'm on my own".

    I use to be totally anti-gun. Then I lived through the Rodney King riots. Violence, injury, looting ... it was a free-for-all. And in at least one section of LA, it was discovered that the stores that were not ransacked were the very ones where the owners demonstrated enough "deterrent power" to convince looters to move on.

    I do take issue with those who claim "the 2nd amendment says I should have as many guns of whatever type I want. It says right there: 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms'! " That's incorrect. It's people using half truths (or half amendments) to support their claim. The 2nd amendment actually says "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." It's that "well-regulated militia" thing that should remind us that right is NOT free and absolute. Indeed note the emphasis ... not just regulated but WELL regulated. So yes, we must be absolute in the obvious bans: violent felons, mentally ill, etc. But shouldn't having enough fire power to instantly kill a group of police officers on the street fall equally under that "well regulated"? How many assault weapons does each of us need to feel safe? How many guns can we really fire at an intruder at a time? Both sides of this issue are represented in the amendment, suggesting that there is no absolute right or wrong on either side, but that we need to strive for intelligent, relevant and meaningful balance.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  174. Gameover

    Obama has really helped to make America much more pro-gun. By his total inability to create jobs, or improve our economy, people are now more nervous than ever. And historically, when Americans get nervous, they get guns. Well done Mr. President! If it gets much worse, Americans will want bazookas and rocket launchers!

    October 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  175. Jeffrey H

    This is no support for Gun control because people are realizing it doesn't work. The Criminals always find ways to get weapons, and then you have defenseless law abiding people. We have had record gun sales for several years now and crime is falling. More guns really is less crime. Additionally concealed carry is expanding across the nation with Wisconsin being the 49th state to adopt it and the number of law abiding people carrying arms also has a preventative effect against crime.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  176. Norbert Leute

    Automatic rifles and guns were made for only one purpose; for war and to kill many enemies at one time. It seems the nation is waking up to the facts certain type of weapons don't need to be on the street or in any one's hands (civilians). The NRA keeps saying that it is the person holding the gun responsible for thier actions-not the gun. It seems to me , the nation is saying, maybe we need to keep those guns away from those individual who will use it. Maybe the Iraq and Afgan Conflict, killings in drug wars in Mexico, an uncertainity where we are as a country has helped with this low support for guns. People seem to forget that the Constitution protects are right to have a gun(s) but not what type of gun(s) we can own.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  177. H @ Idaho

    Because more and more people are realizing that it is the right thingy to do.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  178. Charlton Heston's ghost

    Because gun control is STUPID.
    Firsty!

    October 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  179. george siordian

    because gun control never worked. crime rates have fallen steadly in the last 20 years and at the same time firearms ownership has gone up.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  180. Randy

    Because the 99% see the rich and corporations in control of our government. If all else fails, the people have an obligation to take back control from the oligarchs. I know you wanted a democrat vs. Republican argument to distract from the real villains in this country...the rich, but you and I know that's just theater.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  181. Gun owner from NY

    Q: Why is support for gun control at record lows?
    A: Maybe because the remaining 74% realize that you can't stop criminals, who by definition don't obey laws, by trying to control inanimate objects. Maybe people are cautious knowing that harsh economic times make others desperate, and with nationwide budget cuts to the police force, they have to rely on themselves for protection. Maybe people are finally looking at the statistics that more guns in the hands of law-abiding people lowers violent crime. Maybe the average, good, responsible, law-abiding people are tired of being treated like second class citizens, mainly on the east coast, where only the privileged have the "right to keep and bear arms". Maybe people like Bloomberg, Clinton, McCarthy, and other gun-grabbers should focus on criminal-control instead of gun-control.

    Signed by someone who moved out of NYC to avoid its idiotic gun laws (one of the reasons at least)

    October 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  182. Brian

    Because most Americans can see where we are headed. An unarmed population is easier to be controlled.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  183. Randy Wilson

    The answer is very simple, when people feel threatened they look for protection. Everyone in this country now feels the imminent collapse of our government as we know it today. Will we have civil war, succession, or riots? It is all uncertain and unnerving.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  184. Minesh Baxi

    Jack, gun control does not work. If it did, cities like Detroit and Chicago would be the most peaceful cities in the country. People are becoming wiser that you must protect yourself – police cannot come to aid in time. Criminals can always find guns.- Minesh Baxi, Troy, MI

    October 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  185. Sean

    For me, my growing acceptance of gun ownership rights and conceal and carry rights stem largely from the seemingly impossible task of controlling gun possession and trade. I live in Chicago which has had among the strictest gun control laws in the country, but they have been completely ineffective in keeping guns off the streets. I feel the cat is already out of the bag and you are never going to get all the existing guns out of private hands. Better then to ensure everyone has the right to own a gun should they ever need one to defend themselves against the millions that are already out there.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  186. bob christine

    Jack, maybe it's because we 99% or 53% are no longer afraid of being shot, as much as we fear being homeless or jobless or leaderless. Oh wait, we were leaderless, now we are going to start thinking and doing for ourselves, that's what you do to survive a depression isn't it?

    October 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  187. John

    High incidents of gun violence? Actual CRIMINAL use of a handgun (not accidents and suicides) only amount to a marginal number. I think in 2009 there were about 6000+ handgun homicides(some of those were suicides).., that ranks nothing in comparision to the over 12,000 or so DUI deaths. Why aren't alcoholic bevs banned, since they kill twice or more many people as handguns do? Why the focus on guns and not DUI's. Doesn't make any sense.... Someone gets shot, headline news. Somene killed by a drunk driver, rarely see it on the news.. Guess it's not as exciting..

    October 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  188. Melissa from Indiana

    I believe that more people are against gun control because America is turning into a Police. Americans are educated on the history of tyranny, and do not want to repeat it. For example, just last night at Occupy Oakland protest, A Marine veteran was hit in the head with a rubber bullet from the police, and it fractured his skull. With the uncertainty of the economy and the chaos that ensues, people feel the need to protect themselves, and their families from thugs as well as people that are suppose to protect us.. Do you blame them?

    October 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  189. Whome

    This come from the vocal minority, not the silent majority.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  190. mike d

    I carry a firearm and have the necessary permit to protect myself and family.Things happen in this age and I want to bring the possible violence to a more eqillibriam.I live in Indianapolis.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  191. Larry L

    A lot of the energy for (and against) gun control was removed by the President's lack of emphasis on the subject. President Obama's election drove gun and ammunition prices sky high in fear of a ban on firearms. These myths were fueled by the NRA's deep pockets, firearms manufacturers, and politicians in search of an issue. The recession captured people's interest and with no actual threat of new gun laws or civil unrest, the enthusiasm faded in both camps. With no real public interest to exploit politicians moved on to other emotional hot-buttons. A good number of gullible folks now own weapons worth much less than what they paid for them. Ammunition is back on the shelves in time for hunting season. Anybody who wants a gun already has one.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  192. Ken - Kingsport, TN

    Jack, we live in the most violent society in the Industrialized world, now have better than 1% of the population behind bars, home invasions are generally increasing throughout the country, we have a growing trend of fear in this country that violent crime is going to rise because of the economic stupidity we have let happen over the past generation, and we have a plutocratic government that absolutely cares nothing for most of the citizens of this country. Why would anyone want to support gun control in this witch's brew of a mess that is only going to get worse? Cry me a river but I will protect my family.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  193. John Rogers

    Because the anti-gun lobby wants to ban hand guns completely (and eventually all guns), like in DC, Chicago, NY, SF etc. Its an issue of whether we have a constitutional right to own a gun (2nd amendment). The Democratic party does not believe in this right (by-and-large) as well as a minority of Republicans. The political smoke and deception is being cleared to reveal the real issue and people DO want the right to own a gun.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  194. Charlotte

    What kind of a moron would oppose controlling semiautomatic weapons? A big moron, that's what. I have no problem with someone owning an ordinary rifle or handgun or shotgun but only a true idiot thinks everyone should have access to military type weaponry. But there are plenty of idiots out there, just look at some of the comments on this article!

    October 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  195. Kelley

    From Frederick, MD – I am completely baffled by the lack of support for gun control laws.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  196. jcc

    I can read the news. No one will look out for your immediate welfare but yourself. By the time 911 is called, its all over.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  197. Ron Marcell from Albany, Georgia

    I think the change is because people are beginning to realize that they are responsible for their own safety; that when seconds count, the police are still minutes away.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  198. Chris

    With the Feds shipping guns to the drug cartels it doesn't make sense to restrict citizens from buying guns to protect themselves.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  199. GuyFawkes2012

    There are several reasons. 1) According to the FBI there is no - no - correlation between increased gun laws and decreased violent crime; 2) there is a strong correlation (no causation provable ...) between increased gun ownership and decreased violent crime; 3) the old adage: "When seconds count, the cops can be there in minutes" is 100% true, and people know this; 4) as budget woes decrease funding and services, see #3; 4) as people become more aware of statistics and facts (as opposed to personal-issue campaign points and "beliefs") they become less interested in political malarky. To many folks all of this isn't "news" - it's pretty old. But people have started to genuinely pay attention to the realities of the issue. When you get right down to it, gun laws only affect law-abiding people; charging them more or making things more difficult for them just makes criminals giggle.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  200. Gary

    Jack, several reasons are at play here but most importantly is a growing respect and understanding of the ORIGINAL intent of the fouding fathers when they bestowed that right to every US citizen. People are realizing that like any human tool ever made, guns can be used for both good and bad, so it's best that you have one or condone a trusted neighbor having one in order to protect ourselves from those that would use them for crime. Cops cannot always protect us from violent crime. With a cop for every 10 to 15 thousand citizend, it's more likely that the cop will arrive on scene after you've been victimized. The abillity to defend yourself from evil is one of the most basic rights of life itself and no government should take that away.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  201. Marianne

    Anti-gun control may be a symptom of Americansfeeling helpless, which is spawning an angry teenage-like defiance. Why would so many people – many of them quite responsible and intelligent – deny the existence of global warming, refute evolution and be pro-gun? Cause they're not gonna take it any more!

    October 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  202. NOT MY CHAIR

    because we are growing more and more angry at our screwed up system to allow the government to have the control over the weapons... unless we change our current course there will most be a civil war again...

    October 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  203. John

    Robbery's appear to be up, and the economy is down, (thanks for that too Obama). I'm not surprised Obama would say that people get 'bitter' and turn to guns. The truth is, people get desperate. So why do guns get the blame? The more criminals we have on the street, the more the average person feels like he needs to be able to defend himself. It always come back to "when the government takes away our guns, only the criminals will have guns". I'm all for the police. But while you're calling 911 as someone breaks in your front door, just how much time do you think you have before you, your wife, or your children are hurt or killed before the police can get there? I remember Obama saying when people in small towns lose their jobs they get bitter and "cling to guns or religion." It made me mad then. And let's not even bring up Operation Gunrunner?

    October 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  204. Scott

    I will always be in support of our second amendment. I would much rather the law biding citizens have more guns than the people who wish to hurt us. Though the incidents like the Arizona shooting are appalling and disgraceful, I want every means to my disposal to protect my family if the need arises. My belief is that the reason the opinion has changed, is that law biding people are tired of the shootings,home invasions, and the occasional lunatic outburst of violence. I'll keep my gun near me at all times, thankyou very much.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  205. RJ, Oregon

    Pretty simple, gun control laws are simply ineffective. Criminals by definition are willing to break the law and commit violent crime. Taking away the means for law abiding citizens to defend themselves makes the problem worse, not better. Despite headline grabbing incidents the body of evidence we have accumulated from the "gun control era" shows that on the whole an armed citizenry is a greater deterrent to crime than stricter gun control laws.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  206. David T Salem OR

    What I'm hoping this shows, once again, that citizens have realized what our "elected" representatives do not: You can pass all of the gun laws you want and there will still be gun violence because . . . criminals do not pay any attention to the laws. Why are there still rapes, bank robberies and assaults even though there are laws against these acts? Even if you banned all guns, there would still be gun violence just like there is still illegal drug use and there was alcohol use during Prohibition. Why are these concepts and empirical data so difficult for those in "authority" to grasp?

    October 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  207. Ken

    Dolores, CO. Many folks realize that there are bad people out there and, although the police do a great job, you have to be prepared to take primary responsibility for the defense of yourself and your loved ones. I grew up in an "Eastern State" where owning a handgun is really difficult and where carrying one is damn near impossible. The bad guys ALL are armed and they act with alacrity because they know the chances of confronting an armed citizen are very remote – the old saying "If guns are outlawed then only the outlaws will have guns!" is really true back there. Since moving to CO, I've gotten my concealed carry permit and, like MANY others out here, I carry. I truly hope that the ONLY time I have to draw my weapon from its holster is to practice at the range! However, if some low-life threatens my life or the lives of my loved ones, I am ready to take the appropriate action! The 2nd Amendment to our Constitution GUARANTEES the RIGHT of citizens of the US to "keep and bear arms" – with more and more citizens EXERCISING this RIGHT, it makes it more and more difficult for the gun-control nuts (such as Bloomberg and Schumer) to deny us that right!

    October 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  208. david-seattle wa

    Because its not safe in our nieghborhoods.The liberal govt of u.s. is forcing courts and police to look other way on drug pushing..The demise of our chidrens brains are in the sights of the evil drug gangs that keep getting a come up in our nieghbohoods.In downtown seattle there is 20 pushers in each block conducting warfare on family and friends..We are living 3rd world lives...Need silencors to stop all the evil pimps and pushers.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  209. MB

    Isn't that a loaded question? "What was it ... Obama said:..." as if to imply that he was right. We're losing jobs so now we cling to guns. Sheesh Cafferty, you're a fair one. How about the fact that government has increased it's stranglehold on everybody so people react by taking positions which give them a sense of freedom to do what they wish without Big Brother telling them what to do: like owning a gun.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  210. belladonna

    The purpose of the Second Amendment was to insure that the people had a defense against the government. Crimes like those committed in Arizona, while horrifying, do not justify denying the people the right to defend themselves against a tyrannical government.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  211. phil short

    gun laws have not worked so why have more gun laws that will not work. Just like laws on drugs have not worked. Laws aginst boose did not work. When we outlaw a product that people are still going to buy, we just make the bad guys more money. I'm quite sure they smile everytime the goverment outlaws a product we want, that makes them the supplyer.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  212. Gene

    Among other things it is the only way we have a chance to fend off those that the DEA's Fast and furious gun sales went too.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  213. Tim

    Simple answer, Jack: FEAR. We are a fearful lot, aren't we?

    October 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  214. John in Olympia WA

    Jack, It more about picking the right battle at the right time. For Democrats, if we were to make gun control a big issue now, the GOP would then use that as a wedge issue to win the election rather than fight the fair fight on what matters most right now – jobs and the economy.

    Unfortunately, the right time to fight this gun control battle will be in the aftermath of some terrible tradgedy involving dozens of innocents, like another Columbine.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  215. DEADINSIDE

    Because one good clean head shot with a large enough caliber WILL take out a Zombie.......or rapist, or murderer, or thief, or etc. etc. etc.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  216. bob, Pennsburg, PA

    People are against gun control for the same reason they love Wall Street. It's a simple answer to a complex problem. Americans LOVE simple answers. Crime? Death penalty. Drugs? War on drugs. Abortion? Outlaw it. Wall Street greed? Bust unions and tax cuts for milliionaires. It's the American Dream. Very simple. Very wrong. Very dangerous.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  217. DT

    People feel more insecure and less safe than they did 20 years ago. You see a lot more martial arts classes / gyms out there now and if you go to the range, you see entire families there. The increased concern in safety is likely due to the media and internet washing us in news of the random shooting or burglary down the street. Ironically, it is more likely that the fast food meal you ate today will be your undoing.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  218. David H

    Why is support for gun control at record lows?

    Because it's harder these days for a single media source to manipulate the will of the people. With the explosion of the Internet, people are better informed, and they recognize their civil rights disappearing, so they naturally cling to those civil rights before they lose them.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  219. William

    Seems to me that there are various factors. Here are just a few:

    1. Experience. We have had decades to watch the effects of gun control now, and the people have come to the conclusion that many criminals obtain guns illegally no matter what. A stricter gun contol measure gets passed, and the criminal or gang member stills buys his guns on the street corner.

    2. Fear of economic collapse. People are sensing the need to have food, medical and water supplies at home, and they fear anarchy will reign if the economy falls. They intend to protect their homes.

    3. Mass shootings in public places. While Cafferty suggests this is a reason to enforce gun control, it's likely that it has the opposite psychological effect on the masses. If a man in a crowd starts mowing down innocents, many want to have the ability to fight back.

    4. Statistics. Gun related violent crime is known to be primarily perpetrated by people illegally possessing weapons. These people get guns regardless of legislation. The few cases where law abiding citizens lose their minds or temper and use legally acquired guns to kill people are very uncommon. See #1.

    5. Statistics. Armed home invasions are less likely where it is known that people are well positioned to defend themselves.

    6. Media coverage of more crimes. Due to the internet and media availability, people are exposed to more of the brazen home robberies that result in murder and/or rape. The numbers may be the same, but people hear about it more. People are coming to the conclusion that calling the police and waiting 5 minutes for them to arrive may not save their lives.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  220. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, we have 24 hour a day news coverage, which in reality is the same story plastered all over the air waves 24 hours a day. Violence, threats of violence and fear-mongering are right there whenever we turn on the television. People are scared.

    October 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  221. Chris Fort

    Criminals (whether gangs, robbers, or malevolent governments) are going to have guns no matter what. Why should we void our right to carry our own as protection. It makes no sense what so ever to give up our right to bear arms.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  222. Duane - St. Pete FL

    because that FACT that crime drops when the populous is armed.......

    October 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  223. Karl in Flint

    I agree with gun rights, but I find it amusing that any paranoid individual thinks they can fend off the bad "government" with a gun in each hand, or even two. They better just stick to hunting in the wild or shooting at a burglar in their house. When 3 or 4 tanks come rolling up in their front lawn, the standoff is pretty much over.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  224. Al

    Jack, ask yourself how we have benefited from gun control as implemented. The effort you need to answer explains the decreasing support.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  225. Barry from Iowa

    For the simple reason that it doesn't work. It only disarms the law abidding. And frankly the internet. For its faults the internet allows like minded individuals to communicate faster, easier and better than ever before.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  226. Neil Barnett, Newark OH

    Gun control, religion and politics, everyone has an opinion. None of the opinions are wrong. But when others opinions are forced on me I object. If you don't want guns don't get one. But don't keep me from getting or carrying one.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  227. jim daneke

    Well, there's law, and there's Admiralty. I choose law.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  228. R.D.

    Support is low for a number of reasons, but mostly because gun control measures don't work. It causes a situation where the criminals are armed and the law abiding citizens are unarmed. Guns are not going away no matter what the laws are. Most states now have concealed carry laws which have had positive results. Placing one's security needs in the hands of others is generally not a good idea. Police are not guards and do not provide guard duty. In times of civil disorder, it becomes especially important. Private gun ownership is the last defense against tyranny. It is part of the heritage and rights of all Americans and this is reflected in our Constitution. It's really one of the core values that defines an American. I think that more Americans have realized the futility of seeking safety through gun laws and are generally more familiar with the issues involved than they were years ago. There are two classes of people that seemed to be likely to support gun control measures: those who have no experience with guns and those who have others employed to protect them.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  229. Tim Cauthen

    Mr.Cafferty, well lets start off with "Gun Gate" when the Federal gov has gotten into the business of letting guns be sold to criminals, it is not hard to see why nobody cares about law abiding citizens getting them. And when you have the same group of people screaming the same stuff over and over it is easy to get kind of tone deaf to them, Gun control people have been saying for years the sky is falling. Well we are still here. Right now people are worried about more important things, like putting food on the table and finding a job, that is why no one is concerned about "new laws" for gun control, besides why do we need new laws on the books when the Federal Gov wont enforce the laws that we already have?

    October 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  230. Ron in Arizona

    You have heard it before, Jack-guns don't kill, people do. And that is a fact. Americans are slowly losing all of our rights, and most of all, our 2nd amendment rights. Illegal (and legal) immigrants to this country have more rights than we do. If we don't get rid of the present Administration, this whole country is doomed, and our Bill of Rights will disappear completely. I am looking at your numbers.Throw the Bums out!

    October 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  231. MikeD

    More people are coming to the understanding that the 2nd Amendment protections have nothing to do with hunting.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  232. Chris Goldfinger

    W are awash in all types of violence from TV, movies, and the news, more than ever before. It both desensitizes us to it, makes it seem commonplace, and makes it seem like a normal solution to many problems. So more people want guns, and think they need guns. It's also a macho thing. As education standards decline, macho violence is on the rise, look at all the cage fighting, jeez, talk about neaderthal.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  233. Reasonable

    It's because gun control doesn't work. Criminals don't care about laws, that's why they are criminals. If it can be made or has been made a criminal will find a way to get it if they want it, no matter what the law says.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  234. Jim Ledbetter

    Ban guns for everyone (except me). I am the only sane person left.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  235. Steve in ND

    The greater acceptance of firearm ownership perhaps correlates to the majority of States having passed, in roughly the last 15-20 years, right to carry laws. It allows greater utility of a firearm, while at the same time mandating much needed basic safety training. It also changes the perception of the 'permissibility' of gun ownership.

    Even so, it's not a panacea, and in fact many who do carry or own firearms probably have no business doing so. Present company excepted, of course. :-)

    October 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  236. James on Long Island

    Many people who favor disarming everyone but law enforcement and military live in gated communities where they are well protected by hired guns (law enforcement, private security, etc.). Those who favor global disarmament who are not so protected would dial-a-gun (911) in a heartbeat if they believed the could be in grave danger. (Ironically, some of the very people who would be quick to call the armed police in an emergency believe that "all cops are racist," etc.) Those of us who believe that mature, responsible civilians – who are not in law enforcement or the military – should have the right to keep and bear arms, realize that just as the government cannot protect us against an increasingly shaky economy (and so much more), the government (local, state, and federal) cannot protect us against violent criminals. If one doesn't live in a gated community or a high tax suburb that is heavily patrolled by armed police, and there is a home invasion (perhaps by a person or persons who feel that they have been driven to crime by the failing economy), dialing 911 doesn't cut it, anymore then calling the fire department when a fire breaks out is a substitute for having fire extinguishers on hand. Having a fire extinguisher or gun in the home in no way guarantees that these will be useful in an emergency, but just as we buy insurance even if we never use it (haven't used my homeowner's insurance in over 2 decades but I still buy it), it makes sense to have the means to protect oneself against fire and violent criminals.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  237. frontgate

    Simple, there are more fruitcakes now than 20 years ago.
    And don't forget the commies. Oh yeah, the commies are comming.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  238. myke

    After you have had to call the police to come help while your house is being broken into (while you're in your bed sleeping), you'll understand why people need their own guns. The police get there too late, and many are so overweight (or a tiny female) that they cannot defend you. True story: I had a 210 lb female (no muscle) cop arrive while our house was being burglarized...she actually got back into her car and waited for backup while we were upstairs with the burglar downstairs. I now have my own gun.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  239. Sport Shooter

    The freedom to own a firearm is as basic as freedom of speech and freedom of religion for law abiding citizens. I believe people are realizing they would rather have a choice to own a firearm, rather than government telling them they are not allowed to own one. Let's focus on keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, not people who have respect for the law and for our country.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  240. Stpn2me

    You act like a gun ban is a foregone conclusion. IT'S OUR RIGHT TO CARRY A GUN. Get over it liberals...

    October 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  241. MC in TX

    Simple: Americans today are way more scared of each other than they used to be. In the 19th century most Americans had to rely on themselves to protect their families. So the right to have a weapon seemed important. So gun control was seen as evil. By the 1950s the U.S. was heavily urbanized and the average person was not fending off "Injuns" or marauding bands of thieves. People were much more concerned with nuclear war or being mugged by some punk with a gun. So gun control was seen as the civilized thing to do. As the 24-hour news cycle ratcheted up during the 80s and 90s people began to hear daily about murders, kidnappings, rapes, and other horrible crimes they began to be afraid of their neighbors and became more and more convinced that the police couldn't keep them safe. Then as terrorism became a fear in the 90s and 2000s, people became convinced that their were foreign monsters living right next to them. So now gun control is seen as evil again.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  242. John

    Because we are a nation of fearful idiots. This nation has no hope. I can't wait to retire and leave the country. Just a few more years and y'all can have it!!

    October 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  243. Larry in Houston

    Jack – After reading most of these posts on your blog – I agree with the majority of them – so I guess I won't repeat the same things. I agree with Daniel / John B. / Mark / and last but not least, Evinia Bruce said it best.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  244. Brian - San Angelo, TX

    I feel support for gun control is at a new low because most people have finally realized that a gun, in and of itself, is no more dangerous than any other tool unless it is intentionally used to harm. The Constitution guarantees us a right to security. As citizens, we are expected to provide some of that security for ourselves. We should lock our doors, illuminate our porches, and yes, be responsible owners of firearms.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  245. Ken

    Our Founding Fathers gave us the right to bear arms, unfortunately they did not have the foresight to see the creation of automatic and repeating concealed weapons. Single shot rifles and large single shot hand guns were the personal arms of the day, with most folks opting for muskets before hand guns due to the innacuracy of hand guns which were not used for harvesting game for the table.

    Today, hunters generally do not choose automatic weapons and hand guns for hunting game, yet one hears the claim that they are necessary for individual protection which is nonsense, my 12 guage over-under protects both my family and home. Automatic weapons have no place in the hands of private citizens, they are the weapons of choice for the killing of humans, jeez haven't we had enough? I don't have the right to carry a grenade for protection, why in Gods name should I have a right to carry an automatic or repeating weapon?

    October 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  246. Kirk (Apple Valley)

    Probably because there hasn't been a mass shooting recently and people have a very short term memory about things like that. The last one was in January in Arizona I believe. Besides, when was the last time you really needed to be carrying a gun to protect yourself or your family?

    October 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  247. Lorenzo Angeles

    The support for more gun control is at a record low because there are no controls left that will serve a rightful purpose. All are already in the books. Anything else will be a self serving political agenda. Gun rights are here and now. Its time to move on.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  248. American

    The gun laws in some states are already to strict. We need to fight these laws. If we need to take over the government, I need to be able to buy the newest stuff out there! We need some preditor drones with hellfire missles on the Walmart shelves! My 12 Guage just aint gonna cut it...

    October 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  249. Jeff In Minnesota

    I'm all for people having guns. The problem I have is where do you draw the line? In today's world, you can own just about whatever type of gun you want. And to add insult to injury, the owner doesn't have to prove they are worthy to have a gun, they just have to wait out the manditory waiting period, if there is one. But the thing that really drives me nuts is that assault is at least a misdomeaner in all states, if not a felony in some, yet people can buy assault rifles which are explicitly designed for commiting assaults. Time to go out and buy that used howitzer so I'm not out gunned! LOL

    October 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  250. Jeff in Seattle

    We've always been a country of people that stand up and take care of your own, your family, friends and neighbors. That comes to light as to what is most important in a bad economy and an ever dangerous world of today. People make up a country, not a government, and the second amendment stands in the number 2 slot for that very reason. Do you think Gadhfi would have been overthrown with pointy sticks and rocks? Same goes for our bloated government. Thomas Jefferson understood that and so did the rest of the founding fathers. It takes 5-10 minutes for police to get to a call. Most voilent crimes happen in under one minute. Freedom in its truest from is being able to defend yourself. Spend some time in Cuba if you want to see the other side.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  251. jimg9x21

    I don’t think there is just one reason for this dramatic turnaround. Millions of guns are in homes, millions of gun owners now have conceal carry weapons permits as more and more states allow them and still the violent crime rate drops. The calamity that was forecast by the Brady Campaign and other gun control groups just never happened and people are beginning to realize that such prognostications were completely devoid of fact. Scary tactics may work in the short run, but as information becomes available such tactics become worn and discredit the source.
    There is also a new found energy in the 2nd Amendment and as such more and more people are taking it seriously as part of recognition that you have a right to defend yourself and your family. I think a lot of folks previously thought someone else (like the police) would be able to protect them but as the media has constantly reminded us the police can’t be everywhere, all at once. The media’s constant bombardment of violent crime coupled with their almost universal antipathy towards self defense has left many folks bewildered by the inconsistency.
    On a more esoteric note, this might be a signal that people are beginning to view the government with more than a little uneasiness. Revelations of government misconduct, in the name of political agendas, may be playing a role in this poll. Given the information coming out about the Justice Department and ATF program, Fast and Furious, lowers people’s trust in the government and how it does business.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  252. Frank

    Because guns aren't the problem...criminals are. Let's try criminal control.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  253. Harold, Phoenix,AZ.

    Your question cannot be answered, how many people have died since the Representative was shot in Tucson. Had she not been a member of congress , she would be listed among the thousand at least who have died before the guns since then.
    If it were possible to assassinate God, we would not change. One day we may see a way out of the NRA control of the politicians.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  254. Jon K.

    Quite simply, because gun control does not work as a means of crime control.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  255. Jason

    Crimes are not committed in any significant number by legally purchased guns, crimes are committed by stolen and smuggled guns. Gun control could in theory, over time, affect the availability of guns to be stolen but unless all of the countries in the world stop making guns (which isn't going to happen), once the domestically produced supply of guns started going down, the smuggling would just go up. Criminals will find a way to get guns. Gun control laws only affect law abiding citizens' right to purchase and have guns for sport or protection.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  256. Peter

    The reason Gun Control support is so low is that more people want to defend themselves... More and more criminals are obtaining guns to commit crimes. When more law abiding citizens have gun's criminals have more to worry about when committing violent crimes. Police Officers rely on their training to go home to there families at night. Law abiding citizens should have the same benefit. The Police can't be everywhere every time. (Law abiding citizens can get the same fire arm's training as Police Officer's... For all you Nay Sayers)

    What really needs support is H.R. 822. National Conceal Carry Law. Its a no brainer!

    October 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  257. Gigi Oregon

    I wonder why we have more people in prison than any other country. If you live by the sword you will die by the sword. Nothing scares me more than a right winger with a gun. Even if he's bird hunting.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  258. Allie

    Perhaps because it's been a couple decades since people were on the news walking into McDonalds, mowing throngs of people down with automatic assault rifles. Will we be doomed to repeat it?

    October 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  259. Sandstone.

    "Immigration I think says most of this! Maybe the second civil war is just round the corner?"

    October 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  260. George in NY

    People have finally come to realize that gun control is wrong, immoral, and a failure.
    Examples of lawlessness from the LA riots to the aftermath of Katrina have shown that "hope" will not save you. The .Gov will NOT save you. YOU must save you. Examples of hideous massacres have people asking themselvs. What if I was there?
    They have imagined themselves sitting there totally helpless and defenseless waiting to die, and have decided NO. That's not for me. Finally the supreme court acknowledged that the 2nd amendment IS an indidual right.
    That ruling demolished the notion of a collective right for "states" to form militias.
    Find and read A NATION OF COWARDS by Jeffry Snyder.
    As more and more americans discover the self reliance we used to be known for, support for gun controll will only continue to go down.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  261. James Wheeler, Jr.

    Gun ownership is a civil liberty guaranteed in the same manner as freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of torture.
    Gun control is just as unethical as prior restraint.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  262. pat h

    everyone now wants a gun because they're afraid the crap is going to hit the fan and when it happens they want to be armed

    October 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  263. Brian OCallahan

    It never ceases to amaze me how some members of the press seem to fully understand and staunchly defend the meaning of "freedom of the press" but fail to comprehend the meaning of, "the right of the people to keep and bear arms."
    Both freedoms are clearly part of the Bill Of Rights, so, what is the problem?
    If I choose not to watch your "news" or listen to your opinion, I don't have to.
    Conversly, If you choose not to own a firearm, YOU don't have to.
    Don't over-think it. It'll just get more confusing for you.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  264. Adam Bentley

    People realize now that if one constitutional right can be done away with what is stopping others. Now people understand that it's not about gun control, it about control. Free countries need guidance not control.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  265. LJ

    One word....Revolution.

    LJ from Lincoln, NE

    October 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  266. Joyce Griffin, NY

    On a recent trip to Australia an Australian commented that she would not travel to the US. She was under the impression that everyone here walked around with a gun. (Soon to be true?). This is not how I want my country to be known.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  267. Niner

    What part of "shall not be infringed" is confusing you?

    October 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  268. Richard from Denver

    Jack:

    It's simple. People are scared. They're scared of losing their homes, their jobs, and their liberties. They're scared that the country they love is being eroded by the special interests and ideologues on both sides of the political spectrum. They see the gap between "have" and "have not" widening every day and the prestige of the United States declining around the globe. It only follows that they're holding on to one thing within their control–their right and ability to protect themselves and their families.

    Oh...and don't forget about the zombie apocalypse.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  269. Anthony from Western Maryland

    There is a large majority of people who do not have jobs. If the economy was better people would have more assurance that they can be safe at home. Since there is not an abundance of jobs people will start reverting to "Animalistic" behavior by trying to attack those who they perceived as making it. No, my last name is not "Biden" either!

    October 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  270. Diane in Sweet Home, oregon

    The NRA has been one of the most consistently influential political lobbies in American politics for the past 30 years, since it first endorsed Ronald Reagan as a presidential candidate. More recently, it spent an $7.2 million during the 2010 elections on so-called private expenditures, messages that advocated or opposed certain political candidates. They even got Chuck Norris to star in an ad for their “Trigger The Vote” campaign, imploring potential voters to register.

    Much of the NRA’s power, however, seems to lie less in its spending and more in its ability to mobilize its members, who are 4 million strong and well-versed in grassroots campaigning. Gun rights are a polarizing issue in America, and can make or break politicians and legislation. Al Gore, for example, lost the 2000 election in his own home state of Tennessee, primarily because of his pro gun-control stance. Even now, fear of reprisals from the NRA is holding up a bill from the Bureau on Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that would stem gun-trafficking to Mexico, in the hopes of alleviating the current drug war.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  271. Jamie White, Tacoma WA

    Thanks to GOP slashing of police and fire budgets, you can dial 911 all you want and get a busy signal or recording. Heaven only knows when help might arrive. At least if you have a gun, you might stand a chance against the bad guys since there are so few good guys still getting paid.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  272. Juvon

    Folks are running scared from a government lost. People believe that revolution is coming! Maybe they're right....Look at all the occupying and demonstrations on Wall Street! I keep my hand gun next to my pillow at all time!

    October 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  273. Chris

    Because people finally realize the intent of the 2nd Amendment.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  274. George

    Maybe we (The People) are finally beginning to understand what the founding Fathers meant by the 2nd Amendment.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  275. Sarah Freeze

    I am a far left leaning liberal and have always taken somewhat of a Quaker-like stance on guns. However, in light of the Occupy Wall Street protests, I've become a firm 2nd amendment supporter. The government may not listen to thousands of peaceful protesters with signs, but I bet they'd listen to hundreds of thousands of raging citizens with guns.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  276. CSnord

    So, the guy who shot Giffords and the rest of the people did it because he had access to a gun, and had he not had that access, then he would have stayed home, gotten an education and become a contributing member of society. Right.

    The guns are not the problem; people are the problem. Banning guns simply ensures that people who own guns responsibly will no longer own them. Anyone who is willing to use a gun on another person will find a way to get one - or they'll us a knife, or a baseball bat, or a galvanized pipe, or a rock, or their fists.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  277. Mark in Saint Louis

    Guns are becoming more and more socially accepted. The cry for more gun control is subsiding due to many people realizing that gun control laws will only benefit criminals as they will still find ways to get whatever gun they want, while us law abiding citizens pay additional taxes for every gun we own and have to wait for all the T's to be crossed and I's to be dotted. All the gun control we need as law abiding citizens is confirming our target and keeping our finger off the trigger until necessary.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  278. Craig Tyson

    I am socially liberal on most issues. However, I have been a silent, Armed Liberal for most of my life. I now know more and more "progressives" that are purchasing and learning to use guns. I think it is an excellent trend.

    I will continue to lawfully conceal carry. Violent crime is skyrocketing, and I realize that the criminals will always be armed. There is no doubt that they will get weapons, legally or illegally. I will remain a careful, prudent gun owner, and help spread the word to my friends that are still unsure of firearms.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  279. Don

    A lot of it comes back to the propaganda thrown around after Obama was elected, scaring people that he would start a police state and take away their guns. Despite the police state no-show, people believed some of the lies and are also taken in by the general government-is-the-devil claims by many politicians and talk radio hosts. Violence is not increasing and the most common victims of gun violence are their suicidal owners, so once again the beliefs do not match up with the facts.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  280. Lloyd

    The horse is already out of the barn on gun control – forget it. There are so many weapons on the street that gun control has become a joke. All I've owned in my 62 years is a .22 rifle, but the idea of getting trained to own and use a handgun gets more appealing with every drive-by shooting, burglary and shoot-em-up massacre.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm |