Today NPR and Ipsos released the results of a KnowledgePanel poll of 1,022 adults who own at least one gun. It was conducted from June 15 to 21 in the wake of the mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde. The margin of error is +/- 3.3 percentage points.
There are a number of interesting findings, but here I want to highlight just two of them.
In light of my recent argument that we should retire the NRA slogan, “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” I was interested to see gun owners split pretty evenly on whether they agree with the statement. 51% of all gun owners agree with the statement, but as the survey shows for various beliefs and attitudes, there is a stark partisan divide: fully 69% of Republican gun owners agree, but only 19% of Democrat gun owners, with Independent gun owners leaning more toward the Democrat side than the Republican, with 44% agreeing.
The other finding I took note of doesn’t have to do with “good guys with guns,” but rather earns my FALSE CHOICE AWARD.
The NPR/Ipsos poll asked gun owners, “Do you think it is more important to protect gun rights or control gun violence?” Sooooooo, BOTH is not an option? Don’t tell the Liberal Gun Owners this because they have developed the concept of “simultaneous proponency” that encompasses both.
This is a classic example of what (I believe it was) religion scholar Mircea Eliade said, “the scale creates the phenomenon.” The belief/attitude that you have to choose between protecting gun rights or controlling gun violence would seem to exist largely in the minds of whoever consulted with NPR/Ipsos on this survey instrument.
If you’re thinking of putting together a survey of gun owners, please let me know. I am happy to consult and my rates are competitive.