According to a Pew Research Poll, 74% of Gun-Owners owning a firearm is “essential to their personal sense of freedom”.

Pew:

bout four-in-ten Americans say they live in a gun-owning household, while three-in-ten say they personally own a gun:

Protection tops the list of reasons for owning a gun. And most gun owners (74%) say the right to own a firearm is essential to their personal sense of freedom. About three-quarters (73%) say they can’t see themselves ever not owning a gun. Gun ownership is more common among men, whites and those who live in rural areas.

Gun owners and non-owners have starkly different views on gun violence in America. While a majority of those who do not own guns (59%) see gun violence as a major problem in the country today, just one-third of adults who own guns say this is a very big problem.

This poll represents exactly why gun control is such a hostile issue. Gun Owners tie gun ownership with freedom and their ability to protect themselves. Not only has history shown us that they are right to feel the way they do but it also shows that the right to bear arms means a lot more to Americans than just hunting.

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