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Shootings, Guns and Public Opinion

Gun violence has become an all-too-common part of the news, and after each incident, a debate erupts over gun control. Public opinion data over more than fifty years reveals a country ever less willing to restrict gun ownership, even as mass shootings and other high-profile shooting incidents continue to make news.

Reasons for Skepticism

Public Perspective, September/October 1993. Reasons for Skepticism on Results from a New Poll on the Incidence of Gun Violence among ...

Related Data

1989 and 1995 Gun Owner Polls

What do gun owners think about gun control laws and gun related violence?

2001 NORC Guns Survey

This 2001 NORC Guns Survey, sponsored by Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy Research and the Joyce Foundation, features questions about gun control and ownership.

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Guns: Protect or endanger?

Guns: Protect or endanger?