Majority of Americans Feel Comfortable Around Open Carriers - Defend and Carry
Jun 3, 2015 |
YouGov Poll: Majority of Americans Support Open Carry of Guns
More than half of Americans would be OK with seeing someone openly carrying a holstered handgun in public, according to the results of a new poll.
The YouGov survey finds that a combined 52 percent of Americans would either be very comfortable or somewhat comfortable with the practice.
Further, just under half of those surveyed — 48 percent — said the average American can be trusted with a firearm. That breaks down to 69 percent of Republicans; 49 percent of independents; and 32 percent of Democrats.
More than half of Americans feel comfortable with the Second Amendment and our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. I don’t know about you, but that’s how I read the poll’s results.
Our Founding Fathers would probably be disappointed with these numbers, but in today’s society, the results from this pole are a step in the right direction.
With all the slanted and biased media attention nowadays, it’s a relief to see that many Americans still understand the need for open carry. They realize how firearms can and should be integrated into our society. Our Second Amendment wasn’t scribbled into the Constitution just to look pretty; it was enacted to protect the people.
Although there’s an overall improved support for guns, statistics still show a major divider between the American people. This could be due to the media’s uncanny ability of reporting exclusively on the negative gun-related stories, ultimately skewing public perception on a daily basis. “If it bleeds, it leads” should be abandoned altogether; the public deserves to hear both sides of the issue.
We as open and concealed carriers are making baby steps toward educating those who know little about defensive gun use.
Too many stories about carriers preventing burglaries, robberies, and massacres fall upon deaf ears. You can bet that if the media focused more on covering both sides, the percentage of open carry supporters would be even better.