HAVING GUNS AT HOME: SAFER OR MORE DANGEROUS?

Gun control supporters continuously believe that guns should not be owned by and must be kept away from children so that they won’t develop a liking to it when they grow up. But there are more people who believe that guns can help defend them from bad people and that children at a young age should learn that guns are used only by adults for good purposes. And if they happen to find one, they should not touch it and inform immediately an adult about it.

Sadly, the good side of guns are not seen by others. Do guns make homes safer or dangerous? What existing data would prove such?

Gallup Analytics Research, a reliable and well-known independent source for data and metrics for the United States and more than 160 countries for different topics including, employment and unemployment, consumer spending, leadership ratings for politicians, food, environment, religion, and gun ownership, released their report from October 2014 about the people’s opinions of whether guns make the home safer or more dangerous.

The poll was done through telephone interviews on October 12 to 15, 2014. There were 1,017 adults, 18 years old and above, who were randomly chosen to participate in the study. The participants are from the 50 U.S. States and the District of Columbia. The sampling error ±4 percentage points with the confidence level of 95%.

Based on the results, 63% of the participants in 2014 believe that having a gun makes a home safer. Let us check the chart below and compare the different results from the previous polls.

Date of Survey Percentage for Safer Percentage for More Dangerous Depends
October 12 – 14, 2014 63 30 6
October 9 – 12, 2006 47 43 7
October 11 – 14, 2004 42 46 10
August 29 – September 5, 2000 35 51 11

Reference: Gallup Research Surveys

Since the information above is not specific, Gallup decided to include the difference on the opinions of males and females, whites and non-whites and political parties when they conducted the survey in 2014. Let us take a look at the results of the survey.

Demographical Results for the Support For Guns At Home

Survey 2014 Question: Do you have a gun in your home

Demographic Groups % Yes % No
Men 47 48
Women 38 39
Whites 49 46
Non-whites 28 70
East 31 66
Mid-West 44 49
South 51 45
West 39 57
Republicans 55 38
Independents 43 53
Democrats 27 72

Reference: Gallup Research Survey (October 12 – 15, 2014)

Based on the data shown above, we can say that “more men than women support having guns at home” and that “more whites than non-whites support having guns at home.” It is also shown that “people living in the South and Mid-West US Regions supported having guns at home more than the others.”

It was also shown that 28% of non-whites have their guns at home, while 70% non-whites said they do not have guns at home. This data is a bit surprising because 90% of whites actually have guns at home.

Conclusions

The results of the 2014 survey done by Gallup which revealed that most Americans believe that it would be safer to have guns at home should be seen by gun control supporters especially the politicians so that they would rethink their ideas and beliefs. This is based on a reliable research, so people must ignore such results. In 2008, the survey conducted by Gallup even revealed that “almost 75% of the Americans believe that the Second Amendment to our U.S Constitution definitely protects and individual’s right to keep and bear arms.”

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