U.S. Politics Jan. 19, 2011

No Shift Toward Gun Control After Tucson Shootings

The public remains divided — and deeply so along party lines — on the issue of gun control and gun rights. Most Americans say tragic events like the shooting are just the isolated acts of troubled individuals, and not a reflection of broader problems in American society.

U.S. Politics Jan. 13, 2011

Views of Gun Control — A Detailed Demographic Breakdown

Opinion about gun control has been split since April 2009, but this marked a substantial change in attitudes from previous years in which majorities of Americans consistently prioritized gun control over gun rights. See a breakdown of opinion about gun control across numerous demographic categories.

U.S. Politics Mar. 23, 2010

Gun Control Splits America

The public is divided over whether state and local governments should be able to pass laws banning the sale and possession of handguns as well as whether it is more important to protect gun owners’ rights or control gun ownership.

U.S. Politics Apr. 30, 2009

Public Takes Conservative Turn on Gun Control, Abortion

Public attitudes on two contentious national issues — gun control and abortion — have moved in a more conservative direction over the past year. In both cases, the changes have largely been driven by shifts in attitudes among men.

U.S. Politics May. 14, 2008

Handguns: Public Rejects a Ban — but Supports Controls

Nearly three-quarters of Republicans (73%) oppose a ban on handgun sales, a view shared by 59% of independents and just half of Democrats.

U.S. Politics Apr. 23, 2007

Va. Tech Shootings Produce Little Boost for Gun Control

Six-in-ten Americans say it is more important to control gun ownership, while 32% give priority to protecting Americans’ right to own guns. But a 55% majority opposes a ban on the sale of handguns.

Pew Research Center Apr. 17, 2007

After the Tragedy: Va. Tech Shootings Revive Debate over Gun Control

The rampage at the Blacksburg, Va., campus touched a nerve over gun safety on college campuses, including among Virginia lawmakers who had recently sparred over a firearms ban.

U.S. Politics Apr. 4, 2007

The NRA’s Image Improves as Support for Gun Control Slips

Surveys taken before the Virginia Tech shootings showed that Americans had become less disposed to support gun control measures than they were in the years surrounding the Columbine school shootings in 1999.