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Poll: Gun Owners Say Firearms Make America Free, Safe and Strong

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By    |   Thursday, 14 December 2017 08:39 AM

On the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 61 percent of gun owners in the United States say firearms are part of what makes America free, a new CBS/YouGov poll reveals.

Here are the highlights from the poll released on Thursday:

  • 59 percent of gun owners say firearms help make America "safe;" 55 percent say it makes America "strong" and 53 percent say gun ownership helps make America "great."
  • 55 percent of non-gun owners say firearms make America "dangerous;" 38 percent say it makes America "scary" and 30 percent say firearms make America "free."
  • 55 percent of those who own firearms and have kids are concerned about gun violence at their children's school; while 53 percent of non-gun owners concur.
  • 46 percent of gun owners say they have firearms for "protection from crime: 17 percent for hunting and 12 percent for target or sport shooting.
  • 33 percent of gun owners have one firearm; 23 percent have two; 24 percent have three to five; 10 percent have six to nine and 9 percent have 10 or more.
  • 63 percent of all those polled say mass shootings can be prevented.
  • 64 percent of those polled say political candidates must agree with them on gun policy to win their support, while 36 percent disagree.
  • 55 percent of all those polled disapprove of how the National Rifle Association handles the debate over guns, while 45 percent approve.

The poll, conducted Dec. 5-11, surveyed 2,073 adults. The margin of error on the entire sample is 2.7 percent.

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On the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 61 percent of gun owners in the United States say firearms are part of what makes America free, a new CBS/YouGov poll reveals.
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