The latest Pew poll on gun ownership in America has a ton of important data and more than a few surprising conclusions contained within it. (Surprising for the left, not-so-surprising for the rest of us.)
The Pew poll finds that gun owners are more likely to be politically active than their non-gun owning counterparts.
The majority of Americans favor stricter gun controls, but gun owners are much more likely to be politically active and to contact public officials about their beliefs, according to a new survey that goes a long way toward explaining the political power of Second Amendment advocates.
Twenty-one percent of gun owners said they have contacted public officials about their feelings on the issue, including 9 percent who had done so in the last year, according to the Pew Research Center. Just 12 percent of nonowners said they have ever contacted a public official on the subject.Twenty-eight percent of gun owners also reported giving money to groups that take positions on gun policy, including 12 percent in the last year, compared to 10 percent of nonowners who say they’ve ever given money on the issue.
While the majority of Americans may believe that stricter gun control would be a good thing, those numbers change when actually put to the test and placed on the ballot. The truth is that what most politicians think of as “more gun control” is not at all what most Americans want, and that gets exposed every time gun control measures are placed on the ballot.
Conservative warrior Stacy Washington also uncovers the most important news from the poll – most American believe that gun ownership is ESSENTIAL to their own personal liberty!
An overwhelming majority of Americans view gun ownership as essential to their freedom. This is what a recent Pew Research poll discovered in a deep dive into the complex relationship Americans have with guns.
According to the poll, “The nationally representative survey of 3,930 U.S. adults, including 1,269 gun owners, was conducted March 13 to 27 and April 4 to 18, 2017, using the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.” In other words, the survey is pretty comprehensive. And its findings reflect the understanding of many clear-thinking Americans on the 2nd Amendment: for those who do own and use firearms, it is integral to who they are.
Washington also uncovers a couple of other very important points from the poll:
One, the vast majority of gun owners don’t believe it’s right to force others to own guns. Meanwhile many of those who don’t own guns believe it’s okay to force others not to own them.
Secondly, urban environments have the smallest percentage of legal gun ownership, but they have the highest percentage of violent crime (including gun crime).
The poll also debunked many common myths on the left, like the myth about the careless, and uncaring gun owner. The poll found that most gun owning Americans are very careful with their firearms and they consider gun safety to be of the utmost importance, particularly when it comes to their kids.
Liberals are spinning the poll to show that most Americans want more gun control without taking into account the reality of what happens when gun control comes up for a vote. However, the NRA argues that the Pew Poll is flawed in other ways as well, particularly in their supposed polling of NRA members.
Pew’s recent survey on firearm-related attitudes and experiences of U.S. adults found – based on the percentage saying “yes” to the question about whether they are NRA members – that more than 14 million Americans consider themselves NRA members. The real NRA membership of about 5 million falls well short of this measure, even accounting for any statistical error the survey produced.
What this means in terms of polling, and one thing that Pew and others simply do not make clear to the public when reporting on the survey results, is that Pew did not actually survey NRA members. Any views, beliefs, or opinions they ascribe to “NRA members” is a simple guess on their part. Pew does not know what percentage of NRA members support one law or another, how many guns they own, or anything else for that matter. At best, they can claim to have the responses of Americans who SAY they are NRA members, but they certainly cannot say much beyond that.
Instead, Pew surveyed a population which over-reported their membership status based on their positive affect for the NRA and our mission. In simpler terms, they didn’t measure what NRA members actually think.