Poll: Most have broad ex­po­sure to guns

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Jennifer Harper

A wide-rang­ing new poll from the Pew Re­search Cen­ter, re­leased last week, re­veals that 74 per­cent of all U.S. gun own­ers say own­ing a gun is “es­sen­tial to their free­dom.”

An­other 73 per­cent of the own­ers say they could never see them­selves “not own­ing a gun.” Half say that “all or most of their friends” also own guns.

It also re­vealed that Amer­i­cans have broad ex­po­sure to guns, whether they per­son­ally own one or not. At least two-thirds have lived in a house­hold with a gun at some point in their lives. And roughly 7-in-10 — in­clud­ing 55 per­cent of those who have never per­son­ally owned a gun — say they have fired a gun at some point.

The Pew Re­search Cen­ter sur­vey of 1,269 U.S. gun own­ers was con­ducted March 13-27 and April 4-18

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