‘Not satisfied’ nation says of our gun laws
More than half of the people responding to a recent Gallup poll indicated they were “not satisfied” with the nation’s gun laws.
According to the poll, which surveyed 1,019 adults across all 50 states, 55 percent of participants said they were not satisfied with current firearms laws, a slight drop from the 57 percent reported in a similar 2007 poll.
According to the Washington, D.C.-based National Journal, the number of Americans who are not happy with gun laws increased 4 percent from 2013 and was up 13 percent from 2012.
Although those expressing dissatisfaction came from both sides of the gun-law argument, the National Journal said the majority of the change came from participants saying gun laws are too strict.
According to the National Journal, this group has more than tripled in size since last year.
“Those who are dissatisfied have historically leaned heavily in the direction of wanting stricter rather than less strict laws,” Gallup’s Rebecca Riffkin wrote. “But this year, the gap between those wanting stricter gun laws and those wanting less strict laws narrowed as a result of a sharp increase in the percentage of Americans who want less strict laws, now at 16 percent, up from 5 percent a year ago.”
For comparison, the number of people polled who wanted stricter gun-control laws fell from 38 percent in 2013 to 31 percent this year.
Additionally, Gallup notes more people have reported being “very” dissatisfied as opposed to “somewhat” dissatisfied with firearm regulations.
One consideration in the responses may be the timing of the polls.
Last year Gallup conducted the telephone survey shortly after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., where 20 students and eight adults, including the gunman, were killed.
Americans’ satisfaction with gun laws is one of 19 issues measured by Gallup in its Mood of the Nation survey.
Of those topics, satisfaction with gun laws placed near the middle, and public opinion the military and America’s efforts to combat terrorism ranked highly.