OMAHA, Ne. – The results of a recent Gallup poll conducted in June indicate that just over 4 in 10 Americans would rather lose a member of their immediate family to gun violence than be subjected to stricter gun laws, including universal background checks and magazine restrictions.
In addition, the same poll found that just 2 out of 10 Americans actively support measures to ban certain types of firearms such as assault weapons, or to restrict the sale of firearms to individuals with a history of mental illness. The remaining 38% remain indifferent to the issue, with the majority saying gun violence hasn’t directly affected them.
When asked, Earl Hayes, a self-described firearms enthusiast from Roanoke, Virginia, said he would be devastated if any member of his family were to fall victim to gun violence but added, “The Bill of Rights specifically states ‘the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.'”
Shauna Weatherford, a mother of two from Madison, North Carolina, said she’s not worried about gun violence. “It’s never happened here and, frankly, there are far more pressing issues we need to worry about like ISIS.”
In the wake of a mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee that left five service members dead and, most recently, a shooting Thursday night at a theater in Louisiana in which three people were killed, Gallup projects the number of Americans against gun control legislation will continue to climb.