Two years after the Newton, Connecticut, school massacre, Americans are coming to appreciate their gun rights more than ever. And despite the billions of dollars spent to convince people otherwise, the idea of more gun control is anathema to most Americans.
Even women and black Americans are less likely to see guns as a
safety risk and more likely to view them as protection against crime,
according to a Pew Research Center poll.
And for the first time in 25 years, more Americans say that
protecting gun rights is more important than controlling gun ownership,
52 percent to 46 percent.
Americans now believe having a gun is the best way to protect against
crime, 63 percent to 30 percent, a dramatic shift from 10 years ago.
Blacks more likely to see benefits of gun ownership
One of the more striking aspects of the Pew poll was the change in
thinking among black Americans. As recently as 2012, 53 percent of
blacks surveyed said guns put people’s safety at risk, whereas just 29
percent said guns protect people from becoming victims of crime. By
December 2014, those ratios had flipped, with 41 percent saying guns are
a safety hazard and 54 percent saying guns protect people from crime.
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a pastor and founder of the BOND network, a
group that mentors young black males in the Los Angeles area, said gun
control makes about as much sense for black families living in
inner-city ghettos as it did for Jews living in Nazi ghettos during
World War II.
“Gun control is one of the worst things that could happen to innocent
black people who are living in inner cities around the country because
they are under siege, and the criminals have guns,” Peterson told WND.