Two-Thirds Of Americans Believe Record Gun Sales Are For Self-Defense, Not Crime

posted on August 5, 2016

A new Rasmussen poll reveals that a whopping 66 percent of respondents believe Americans are buying guns at a record pace for self-defense, and only 5 percent believe they are buying them to commit criminal acts.

“Most Americans remain unconcerned about their safety around those who have legal permits to carry concealed weapons,” the report added. A full 40 percent say the presence of more Americans with concealed weapons will decrease the number of people killed in violent incidents, versus 31 percent who believe it would increase them. 

In addition, only 28 percent of respondents trust the federal government to fairly enforce gun laws. In the long run, it seems lawful Americans want to keep guns out of the hands of criminals … but they have little faith in politicians and bureaucrats who wish to whittle away at the Second Amendment in the name of “public safety.”

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