The number of Americans who have a gun in their home is at an all-time high.
After several years of lower firearm ownership rates – there were more guns, but in the hands of fewer Americans – a new poll shows that almost half of all Americans (48 percent) say there is a gun in their home.
The number is three percent higher than at the same time last year, and nine percent higher than in 2011.
The poll was commissioned by The Wall Street Journal and NBC News. They surveyed 1,200 adults and asked them if they or someone they live with owns a gun. In 2011, only 39 percent of Americans reported having a gun in their home – a low point for the survey.
Since there are about 250 million adult Americans in the country, The Washington Free Beacon surmises, that means that almost 120 million Americans live with a gun in their home. Of course, gun ownership is notoriously difficult to measure. Many people would deny owning a gun – especially if a stranger claiming to be taking a survey called them on the phone.
But the poll does undermine the leftist narrative that gun ownership is slowly fading away in America.
“Throughout their many failures, gun control advocates have comforted themselves with their belief that gun ownership is falling and that they will be able to achieve their policy goals once the number of gun owners sufficiently dwindles,” the NRA wrote on its website. “Polling data on gun ownership rates is inherently suspect. Gun ownership is a personal decision, and given the politically charged nature of the topic and government efforts to restrict gun rights, some gun owners are reluctant to share this personal information with strangers. This could result in polling that under reports gun ownership. Other research further suggests that female spouses living in gun-owning households tend to under report firearm ownership.
“Despite the difficulty in obtaining an accurate measurement of gun ownership, gun control advocates have been quick to boast of any new poll that shows a decline in gun-owning households. It’s unlikely they’ll exhibit the same response to the WSJ/NBC poll’s findings.”
Americans were asked a variety of questions in the poll. One of them asked, other than the economy, national defense, and foreign policy, which issues were most important to them. Gun rights or gun control topped the list at 35 percent, followed by environmental issues, immigration, and abortion.
When asked if “attempts to place limits on gun rights” bother Americans, 59 percent said yes, ranging from “some” to “a great deal.”
When asked how they feel about the following sentences, 55 percent agreed with this statement: “I feel comfortable with these changes because what makes the country special is taking the very best from people of different experiences and backgrounds and creating a country that thrives in its diversity.”
While 24 percent agreed with this statement: “I feel uneasy with these changes because what makes the country special is our uniquely American experience, speaking English, and a shared background that brings us all together.”
Some other interesting findings in the poll: 40 percent of Americans “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of the job that President Trump is doing, while 55 percent “strongly” or “somewhat” disapprove.