Wait—isn’t 60 percent a solid number showing support for stricter gun laws? Yes, but support is dropping and my guess, like what happened after Sandy Hook, is that support will continue to drop until it returns to pre-Newtown levels: 47 percent. And that was with a Democratic president at the helm.
Sandy Hook was a tragic shooting that shook the nation, as did the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, which launched a renewed wave of anti-gun activism. Former students David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, and Emma Gonzalez formed the face of their new movement. Support for gun control reached 25-year highs, but Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon noted that support is dropping:
The Gallup poll of 1,019 adults, conducted between Oct. 1 and 10, found 61 percent of respondents support making gun laws stricter. That’s down 6 points from when Gallup asked the same question between March 1 and 8. At the same time support for the idea that gun laws should be kept the same increased from 28 percent to 30 percent and support for the idea they should be made less strict doubled from 4 percent to 8 percent.
Overall, opposition to stricter gun-control laws moved from 32 percent to 38 percent. Two percent of respondents said they had no opinion. (It’s unclear why Gallup’s raw numbers add up to more than 100 percent but the discrepancy is likely the result of rounding.)
Support for stricter gun control has wavered significantly over the last few decades. When Gallup first asked about it in 1990, support for stricter laws came in at an all-time-high of 78 percent. In 2012, support hit an all-time-low of 43 percent. Support for stricter laws has trended back up since 2012, but this month’s numbers may indicate it is receding once again.
(Read more from “Sorry, Anti-Gunners, Your Base of Support for Gun Control Is Being Chipped Away Again” HERE)