A majority of Americans believe owning a gun makes people safer by protecting them from being a victim of crime, according to a new Associated Press (AP) poll released on Saturday. In answering the questions, “Do you think that owning a gun does more to protect a person from being a victim of a crime or more to put their safety at risk?” Sixty-two percent of respondents chose “protect them from becoming a victim.”
Other interesting results of the survey indicate 59 percent of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of gun laws. And more than half of Americans—53 percent—support national Right-to-Carry reciprocity, which would make carry permits issued in one state valid in every other state in the nation.
A strong majority of respondents also said a “high priority” for law enforcement should be “cracking down on people who own guns illegally” (73 percent) and “cracking down on people who sell guns illegally” (81 percent).