Guns Owners vs. Gun Owners in the NRA

by John Sides on December 24, 2012 · 7 comments

in Interest Groups,Public opinion,Violence

Here is my latest post at Wonkbog.  I am delayed posting it here because of holiday travels.  It features the graph above and concludes:

This is not a world with gun owners on one side and those who do not own guns on the other.  Two of the policies most discussed in the wake of the Newtown shootings—a ban on assault weapons and a limit on the size of magazines—will attract support not only from those who don’t have a gun in their house but from those who do, especially if the gun isn’t theirs and also if the gun is theirs but they are not NRA members.

Gun owners do not speak with one voice about gun control, and, for many gun owners, Wayne LaPierre does not appear to speak for them.

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