A new Gallup poll indicates that almost two thirds of Americans believe that having a gun at home makes them safer.
The poll finds that 63% of respondents, more than six in ten, say that owning a firearm makes their house a safer place to be.
The figure is double what it was in 2000, when just three in ten said owning a gun made them safer. Interestingly, the same number in the new poll, three in ten, now say they believe having a gun in the house makes it a more dangerous place.
The percentage of those who feel safer has increased steadily and significantly since 2000, and is now a significant majority.
The number is still a majority when measured according to the demographics of gender, race and location. The only majority grouping of Americans who feel less safe with a gun at home are Democrats (53%).
In addition, Americans of all political persuasions have become more disposed over time to the idea that gun ownership makes their home more secure.
Since 2000, 37% more Republicans, 29% more independents, and 13% more Democrats feel this way.
The poll also found that 42% of Americans keep at least one gun in their home.
“The percentage of Americans who say that having a gun in the home makes that household safer has drastically climbed over the past eight years.” Gallup notes, adding that “Americans have become more likely to view guns as a means of self-protection.”
“The increase in the perceived safety value of owning them suggests that guns are taking on more of a protective role than they have in the past.” Gallup concludes, noting that violent crime rates have also fallen in line with the increase in those views.
The latest poll comes in the wake of findings that that support for stricter gun laws has fallen below 50%, close to a historical low.
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.