A new study conducted by Washington Post-ABC News has brought to the forefront a dramatic shift in America’s political consciousness. In the wake of the horrific Orlando shooting that left 49 people dead and 53 injured, Americans feel more motivated to carry a gun as a matter of self-defense.
In an assumed fear-motivated response, 54 percent of those surveyed supported the notion that individuals legally arm themselves while 42 percent opposed it. The survey randomly sampled 1,001 adults across the United States, with those in favor of the idea overwhelmingly being white, Republican men without a college degree.
A whopping 86 percent of responders fear “lone wolf” attacks and 67 percent have less confidence in the government’s ability to prevent these terrorist attacks in the future.
Yet with the growing alarm prompting a more vigilante approach from American citizens, a hopeful note remains as more Americans (51 percent) backed a nationwide ban on assault weapons. The response is, unfortunately, tighter than the other results (with 48 percent opposing the policy) but signals America’s growing frustration with disturbingly common gun violence.
This sense of desperation seems to be met with casual indifference as Republican senators struck down four proposed gun control amendments and GOP politicians turned their heads to Democrats’ gun reform sit-in. With this kind of careless attitude, it is no wonder U.S. citizens feel the need to protect themselves rather than relying on the government to do so.
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