38% Believe Background Checks Would Significantly Reduce Number of Gun Deaths

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.

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of all gun-related deaths in the United States are the result of suicide.

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.

 

Posted in Deeper Currents

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