Erskine, Hazel
September 1972
Public Opinion Quarterly;Fall72, Vol. 36 Issue 3, p455
Academic Journal
The article relates the results of a public opinion poll regarding the implementation of gun control in the U.S. in 1972. The vast majority of U.S. residents have favored some kind of action for the control of civilian firearms at least as long as modern polling has been in existence. According to statistics, never have fewer than two-thirds of the U.S. electorate wanted access to guns to come under some kind of official supervision. It is especially difficult to understand how the rifle lobby has been able to inhibit legislation when a majority of gunowners themselves have for years been telling public opinion interviewers that they believe guns should be registered (61% in 1972). Regardless of the degree of shift of opinion, the fact remains that the great majority of people would still like to see some regulatory legislation. There is also public agreement that U.S. Congress has not gone far enough toward controlling civilian weapons. In 1969, when the electorate was asked to rate the job Congress has done in not passing gun control legislation, six out of ten considered the performance of their representatives to be unacceptable. Since 1959, survey firms Gallup and Harris, have found 48 to 51 percent of U.S. households possessing a weapon of some kind. Late in May 1972 Gallup reported only 43 percent admitting they had a weapon in the house.


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