Support for gun rights has surged in the two years since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
Pew said that for the first time in more than 20 years of its surveys, support for gun rights outweighs support for gun control among Americans.
Fifty-two percent of American adults surveyed agreed that “it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns,” while 46 percent said “it is more important to control gun ownership,” according to Pew.
After a gunman murdered 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012, President Barack Obama and other lawmakers made a strong push for more gun control. Shortly after the shooting, 51 percent of Americans backed stricter gun control, while 45 percent said gun rights were paramount. However, a bill to beef up background checks for gun purchasers failed to even pass the Democrat-controlled Senate in 2013.
The Pew survey also found that 57 percent of American adults said that gun ownership does more to protect people from becoming victims of crime, while 38 percent said gun ownership does more to endanger people. Soon after the Newtown massacre, 48 percent said guns did more to protect people and 37 percent said they put people at greater risk.
The Pew survey of 1,507 adults was conducted between Dec. 3 and Dec. 7 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
(H/T: Washington Post)