Despite urgings in some Democratic corners for an Australian-style gun buy back, the public is just fine with people keeping their weapons, though they favor some limits, according to a major survey following the Las Vegas shootings.
An Ipsos poll found that 73 percent "have no problem with people owning guns."
And by a slim margin the public sees gun-owning as a good thing. Said Ipsos, "Americans are relatively split on whether owning a gun makes them feel safer -- 52 percent agree -- and whether the benefits of gun ownership outweigh the risks, 53 percent agree."
The survey, done for NPR, found that the general public is somewhat ignorant about guns in America.
"Only 15 percent are able to answer seven or more knowledge questions correctly, out of a total of 10. Americans' misperceptions lie in the estimated number of guns per capita (21 percent correct), the decline in gun deaths (20 percent correct), and whether or not the U.S. regularly conducts research on gun deaths (29 percent correct)," said the poll.
- 45 percent believe gun laws should be a lot more strict than they are today.
- 23 percent believing they should be somewhat more strict.
- 79 percent support a ban on assault-style weapons.
- 78 percent support a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
- 82 percent back a ban on bump stocks.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org