Ninety-two percent (92%) of Registered Voters nationwide believe there should be modest restrictions on the ability to purchase guns such as waiting periods and background checks. However, just 38% of voters believe such modest restrictions would significantly reduce the number of gun related deaths in America.
Twenty-eight percent (28%) of all voters believe the United States should ban private ownership of guns so that only the military, police, and other government officials are allowed to carry guns.
However, only 11% of voters recognize that reality. Forty-one percent (41%) mistakenly believe gang violence results in more gun deaths than anything else. While gang violence takes a significant toll, it accounts for approximately one-out-of-five gun related deaths. That’s one-third the number of gun deaths by suicide.
Twenty-seven percent (27%) mistakenly think mass shootings are the primary cause of gun deaths. While these shootings are horrific and receive a tremendous amount of coverage, they account for less than 1% of gun deaths each year.