A recent NBC News national poll has revealed that there has been a significant increase in gun ownership in households across America. The poll showed that 52% of respondents said there is a gun in their household, which is an increase from previous years and a record high since the poll began in 1999. In 2013, only 42% of Americans said that someone in their household owned a gun, and this number has gradually increased to 46% in 2019.
According to Micah Roberts, from a Republican polling firm, this increase in gun ownership is a stunning and dramatic change. He added that it is rare for something as fundamental as gun ownership to change so significantly in a short amount of time. The poll was conducted in collaboration with Hart Research, a Democratic polling firm.
In addition to the NBC poll, a new Harvard poll also showed that six in ten voters believe owning a gun is necessary for protecting themselves from criminals. This poll demonstrates that despite the strong anti-gun rights message from the White House and the media, the public seems to be moving in the opposite direction.
The Harvard poll shows that six in ten voters believe owning a gun is to protect themselves. Despite the strong anti-gun rights message from the White House and the media, the public seems to be moving significantly in the opposite direction… https://t.co/WuEuEFCGZe
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) November 22, 2023
Attorney Jonathan Turley, who highlighted both polls, believes that the increasing number of households with guns could present an interesting dynamic in the 2024 election. He also pointed out that for many people, owning a gun is more than just a right, but a tangible investment that they have a real interest in protecting.
President Joe Biden has been vocal about his desire to implement stricter gun control measures, including a ban on assault weapons, and high-capacity magazines, and universal background checks for all gun sales. Since the recent mass shooting at a Christian elementary school in Nashville, Biden has been using these tragic events to push for more gun control and criticize Republicans.
Biden: “I’m a Second Amendment guy…everybody thinks somehow the Second Amendment is absolute! You’re not allowed to go out and own an automatic weapon. You’re not allowed to own a machine gun. You’re not allowed to own a flamethrower!” pic.twitter.com/6HQoQtv9R7
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) March 28, 2023
In March, he issued an executive order aimed at cracking down on the gun industry and moving the nation closer to universal background checks. However, these polls show that despite the president’s efforts, the American people seem to be leaning toward protecting their right to bear arms.