Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Does Concealed Carry Make Society Safer? Americans Have Decided

Suppose more Americans were allowed to carry concealed weapons if they passed a background check and training course. Would the U.S. be safer or less safe?
First, how would you answer this question?
If you said "safer," you'd be in the clear majority, according to a new Gallup survey of 1,015 adults.
Fully 56% said the country would be safer if more trained citizens were armed; 41% disagreed.
As you might expect, men favored the idea more: 62% said safer to 37% less safe. But now even 50% of women agree society would be safer, while 45% disagree.
Location of residence had some effect, but perhaps not as much as you might expect. Small town and rural residents felt more concealed carry would be safer, 63% to 33%. Suburban residents voted safer too, 52% to 47%. Big city residents broke closest, 50% safer to 47% less so.
Majorities of almost every age group also said safer — 66% of young people 18 to 29, 56% ages 30 to 49, 51% of those 50 to 64 and 50% of those older.
Three-out-of-four gun owners (74%) said safer, while 48% of non-gun owners agreed.
Almost every education demographic said safer — 57% to 40% among high school graduates, those with some college education broke 65% to 31% and college graduates said safer, 56% to 43%.
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