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Gun Control Support Sliding

It seems Americans have "evolved" since 1959.

Nov. 25, 2013

Professor Bryan Caplan sheds light on an interesting survey that’s been conducted by Gallup since 1959. When first presented, respondents were asked, “What about the possession of pistols and revolvers – do you think there should be a law which would forbid possession of this type of gun except by the police or other authorized person?” That question was revised slightly in 1980: “Do you think there should or should not be a law that would ban the possession of handguns, except by the police or other authorized persons?” The results are fascinating: In 1959, 60% approved a ban, and 36% opposed. Today, a mere 25% support any such measure, while 74% are opposed. It seems a growing number of individuals are clinging to their guns much to the dismay of progressive gun-grabbers.

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