More Americans See Guns as a Solution, Not as a Problem

As we edge closer to fall elections, it seems the gun debate fire is being stoked hotter than ever. According to this story by the Washington Post, the pro-gun side is winning.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a 2016 presidential candidate, recently echoed a sentiment often voiced by NRA head Wayne LaPierre and many other shooters and gun rights activists: Americans should be allowed to bring guns into movie theaters—and everywhere else—to prevent such a crime.

And most Americans agree, the story says.

A 2014 Pew Research Poll shows that, since the 2012 Newton, Connecticut school shooting, there has been a nine-point rise in the number of Americans who think gun ownership could "protect people from becoming victims of crime." That's 57 percent in 2014 versus 48 percent in 2012.

Support among Republicans grew sharply, rising from 63 percent to 80 percent. The poll also marked the first time in two decades of surveys by Pew that American supported gun rights rather than gun control.

As the story points out, Americans increasingly see guns not at a problem, but as the solution to mass shootings.