Poll: Vast Majority in U.S. Support Concealed Carry, Self Defense

By:  Alex Newman
04/18/2012
       
Poll: Vast Majority in U.S. Support Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Despite anti-gun zealots’ exploitation of Trayvon Martin’s now-infamous killing in late February, a new survey revealed that the vast majority of Americans continue to support the use of deadly force if needed in self-defense — even outside of the home. Laws permitting the carrying of concealed weapons have overwhelming public support as well, according to the Ipsos/Reuters poll released last week.

 
 

Despite anti-gun zealots’ exploitation of Trayvon Martin’s now-infamous killing in late February, a new survey revealed that the vast majority of Americans continue to support the use of deadly force if needed in self-defense — even outside of the home. Laws permitting the carrying of concealed weapons have overwhelming public support as well, according to the Ipsos/Reuters poll released last week.

 
A whopping 87 percent of respondents — including 85 percent of self-described Democrats — said they support laws allowing citizens to use deadly force to protect themselves from danger in their own homes. Less than 10 percent opposed such laws. In public places, more than two thirds said the law should allow people to protect themselves from danger with deadly force.
 
“People have always thought in this country that they have the right to defend themselves from danger or from harm,” Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson told The New American in a phone interview. “We still see that even in public places … with deadly force if necessary.”
 
When it comes to allowing citizens to bear arms, 75 percent of those surveyed support laws to permit concealed carry of weapons. Even 72 percent of self-identified Democrats expressed support for gun-rights on the issue. One reason for the results might be the realization that police cannot stop all crime: according to the poll, almost everybody knows that.
 
Supporters of the Second Amendment celebrated the survey findings, but the impressive collection of data was barely noticed by the press. Reuters, which commissioned the survey, did produce one article dealing with the results.
 
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