A majority of Americans believe that an increased number of concealed carriers would make the nation safer, according to findings by Gallup.
The survey found that 56 percent of voters feel that if more Americans were allowed to carry concealed weapons after passing background checks, then the US would be more protected.
By contrast, 41 percent disagree and believe they would be less safe with more concealed carriers, while 3 percent have no opinion.
The survey also noted that younger Americans are more likely to believe that they would be safer with more concealed carriers than those aged 30 and above.
While the poll found 86 percent support universal background checks, an important caveat was outlined in that almost half have doubts that the checks would in any way reduce the frequency of mass shootings.
Gallup also found that the majority of Americans do not favor a ban on handguns.
Indeed, a near record low, just 27 percent say there should be a handgun ban. “This trend has been generally declining since Gallup began asking this question in 1959, when 60% said such a law should exist.” the pollster notes.
The survey also found that only Democrats, non-gun owners, plus a slight majority of independents, are fueling the call for stricter gun laws.
As the Washington Times points out, the numbers also show that Second Amendment supporters are more passionate than gun control advocates, given that of the 26 percent of voters who see guns as a make-or-break issue, most are significantly more likely to favor gun rights.
“Americans are inclined to believe that carrying properly permitted guns could make the country safer.” Gallup concludes, while also noting that “Previous Gallup research has shown that Americans believe a failure of the mental health system to identify individuals who are a danger to others and easy access to guns are more to blame for mass shootings.”
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.