PRICE OF LIBERTY OR NEVER AGAIN: A NATIONAL STUDY OF AMERICANS’ VIEWS ON PREVENTING MASS MURDER

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“Nearly 6 in 10 Americans (59.4%) believe politicians do not pass laws on gun safety because they will face repercussions from the gun lobby and “they lack character and only are protecting their jobs”

SARASOTA, FLORIDA – 12-20-2017 (Press Release Jet) — An independent national survey, developed by a research team led by Murat Haner of the University of South Florida-Sarasota Manatee and Cheryl Jonson of Xavier University, attempts to understand what Americans think should be done to prevent future mass murders.The findings from a national probability sample of 1,000 Americans conducted by YouGov America in early December add further substance to this important social issue. 

The recent mass murders in Las Vegas, San Bernardino, Orlando and Sutherland Springs underscore key policy issues elected officials need to weigh carefully.A pivotal consideration is what the American public thinks should be done. 

Should the U.S. Congress pass laws to restrict the sale of rapid-fire guns that can kill many people in a matter of minutes?Should people with a criminal record, have mental health problems or are on a terrorist watch list be banned from buying firearms? 

Conversely, are gun safety laws ineffective?Would the laws restrict the right of Americans under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to own whatever firearms they want?

Data from the survey, conducted by YouGov America between December 6 and 12 have been weighted to reflect a nationally representative population sample.

According to the four-member academic research team, the five key results of the survey are:

  • Two-thirds of Americans (66.8%) believe that “we need to pass laws to try to stop” mass murder incidents from ever occurring again.Only one-third (33.2%) feel mass murders “are just the price America has to pay for protecting everyone’s Second Amendment right to bear arms.”
  • A large proportion of Americans support gun safety reforms that would limit the Second Amendment such as requiring background checks (71.9%), registering and reporting any stolen or sold guns (67.5%) and banning the use of devices to convert semi-automatic guns into nearly fully automatic guns (59.3%).
  • The majority of Americans (54.3%) believe the National Rifle Association shares a lot of the blame because it operates as a powerful lobby, funded by the gun manufacturers, and opposes even the most common-sense gun safety measures that could save American lives.
  • Nearly 6 in 10 Americans (59.4%) believe politicians do not pass laws on gun safety because they will face repercussions from the gun lobby and “they lack character and only are protecting their jobs.” 
  • More than 6 in 10 Americans (63.4%) believe “the more people who are carrying guns, the more likely it is that innocent people will get shot by a stray bullet when someone tries to shoot an assailant.”

The research team for the YouGov America survey were Murat Haner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida-Sarasota Manatee; Cheryl Lero Jonson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminology at Xavier University; Francis T. Cullen, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati; and Teresa C. Kulig, Ph.D. candidate, University of Cincinnati.

FULL REPORT OF FINDINGS

 

PRICE OF LIBERTY OR NEVER AGAIN:

A NATIONAL STUDY OF AMERICANS’ VIEWS ON PREVENTING MASS MURDER

 

Researchers: 

 

Murat Haner

Assistant Professor of Criminology

University of South Florida-Sarasota Manatee

 

Cheryl Lero Jonson

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Xavier University

 

Francis T. Cullen

Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice

University of Cincinnati

 

Teresa C. Kulig

Ph.D. Candidate, School of Criminal Justice

University of Cincinnati

 

 

Survey conducted by:

 

YouGov America, Inc.

December 6-12, 2017

1,000 Respondents

Q1

N =950

Which of   the following statements best captures your view following the mass murders in Las Vegas and in Sutherland Springs:

A. Mass murders, like the ones in Las Vegas and in Sutherland Springs, are just the price America has to pay for protecting everyone’s Second Amendment right to bear arms. No matter how many of these mass murders occur, no laws should be passed that stop good Americans from owning whatever firearm they want
B. In the aftermath of Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, we need to pass laws that try to stop this kind of mass murder incident from ever occurring again—like banning any high-capacity firearm (e.g., automatic weapon)   that can be used to rapidly kill tens of human beings

33.2

66.8

 

Q2

N =978

Which of the following statements best describes your view of the National Rifle Association—also known as the   NRA—and its role in mass murders like Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs that   occur in the United States:

A. The NRA is   not to blame because it is only doing what it takes to protect the  Constitutional right of all law-abiding Americans to own whatever firearm   they want
B. The NRA   shares a lot of the blame because it operates as a powerful lobby, funded by   the gun manufacturers, and opposes even the most common-sense gun safety   measures that would save Americans’ lives

45.7

54.3

 

Q3

N =981

Why do   you think that the U.S. Congress has not passed sweeping gun safety laws in the aftermath of the mass murder at Las Vegas—or after the mass murders that   occurred in other places like Sandy Hook Elementary School, Virginia Tech,   Columbine High School, Orlando, Aurora, San Bernardino, and Sutherland   Springs:

A. Our politicians respect the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that gives Americans the right to bear arms—they are being principled and protecting our liberty
B. Our politicians won’t pass laws they know are needed because they are afraid of losing the next election when attacked by the rich gun lobby—they lack character and only are protecting their jobs
 

40.6

59.4

 

Q4

N =983

 

Some   people say that the only way to prevent a mass murder from occurring is for everyone to be carrying a gun. Other people say that the more people carrying   around guns, especially when a tense situation arises, the more dangerous it   is. In this regard, which of the following statements best captures your   view:

A. If everyone was carrying a gun at all times, then mass murders could be stopped by having a “good person” shoot  the “bad person” who was trying to do harm to others
B. The more people who are carrying guns, the more likely it is that innocent people will get shot by a stray bullet when someone tries to shoot an assailant. Plus, if everyone is carrying guns at all times every day, a lot of arguments will turn deadly when people  who get angry seek to settle disputes by pulling out a gun

36.6

63.4

Q5

N =978

Which of  the following statements best captures your view about the need to own a gun  to protect your liberty:

A. Some day, the federal government is going to try to  take over the country and take away our liberty. Everyone needs to own a gun to prevent this from happening
B. The idea that the federal government is going to try to take over the country is crazy. We protect our liberty not by owning  guns but by supporting the values of freedom and tolerance that have always made America great
33.5

66.5

Q6

The   Second Amendment gives Americans the right to keep and bear arms. However, Constitutional rights often have limitations, just as the First Amendment   right to free speech is limited by libel and slander laws. After the incident   in Las Vegas (where 58 people were killed and more than 500 were wounded) and   at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs (where 26 people were   killed), how much would you support or oppose each of the following   limitations to the Second Amendment in order to prevent future mass murders?

Q6a

N=991

No limitations; Americans should be allowed to own any type of firearm they choose

 

Support

Support a little

Oppose a little

Oppose

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

 

 

17.9

16.4

18.1

47.6

 

34.3

65.7

 

Q6b

N=990

Ban the sale of high-capacity magazines that allow the rapid fire of many bullets

 

Support

Support a little

Oppose a little

Oppose

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

 

53.1

18.5

10.4

18.0

71.6

28.4

Q6c

N=989

Ban the sale of automatic weapons that allow the rapid fire of many bullets

 

Support

Support a little

Oppose a little

Oppose

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

55.2

16.3

11.4

17.1

 

71.5

28.5

Q6d

N=992

Ban the sale of devices (e.g., “Bump Stocks,” “Binary Triggers”) that convert a semi-automatic gun into a nearly fully automatic gun that allow the rapid fire of many bullets

 

Support

Support a little

Oppose a little

Oppose

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

 

59.3

15.4

9.7

15.6

 

74.7

25.3

 

Q6e

N=992

Requiring backgrounds checks (e.g., to make sure potential buyers do not have a criminal record) for private sales of firearms, just as   is now the law for all licensed gun sellers

 

Support

Support a little

Oppose a little

Oppose

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

 

71.9

16.8

3.9

7.3

 

88.7

11.2

 

Q6f

N=991

Ban the sale of firearms to anyone who has been identified by the court system as having a severe mental illness

 

Support

Support a little

Oppose a little

Oppose

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

 

73.1

16.1

4.7

6.1

 

89.2

10.8

Q6g

N=946

Ban the sale of guns to anyone who is on the government’s terrorist watch list until they are investigated and cleared by the FBI

 

Support

Support a little

Oppose a little

Oppose

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

 

75.9

15.8

3.4

4.9

 

91.7

8.3

Q6h

N=951

Just like automobiles, require that anyone who owns a gun register it and report when/if it is stolen or given/sold to someone else

 

Support

Support a little

Oppose a little

Oppose

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

 

67.5

14.3

6.9

11.3

 

81.8

18.2

 

Q6i

N=952

Ban the sale of bullets that can pierce body armor and likely will kill any human being they hit

 

Support

Support a little

Oppose a little

Oppose

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

 

59.7

17.7

10.3

12.3

 

77.4

22.6

 

Q6j

N=953

Ban carrying firearms from all public facilities, such as courthouses, churches, museums, schools, and college campuses

 

Support

Support a little

Oppose a little

Oppose

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

 

44.4

19.9

14.2

21.5

 

64.3

35.7

Q6k

 

N=954

Force those convicted of domestic violence to surrender any firearm they may own prior to their conviction

 

Support

Support a little

Oppose a little

Oppose

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

 

58.9

22.0

10.9

8.2

 

80.9

19.1

 

Q6l

N=956

Except for handguns used for self-protection and rifles  used for hunting, ban the manufacture and sale of all other guns

 

Support

Support a little

Oppose a little

Oppose

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

 

31.5

21.9

14.6

32.0

 

53.4

46.6

 

Q6m

N=961

Ban the sale of guns online because it is impossible to  know who is buying the gun and if they are dangerous

 

Support

Support a little

Oppose a little

Oppose

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

 

 

 

59.9

18.0

8.0

14.1

 

77.9

22.1

 

Q6n

N=963

Just like an automobile, make anyone who owns a gun have  to obtain a license

 

Support

Support a little

Oppose a little

Oppose

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

 

 

60.2

15.8

7.3

16.7

 

76.0

24.0

 

Q6o

N=964

Just like an automobile, make anyone who owns a gun go  through mandatory firearm education and training

Support

Support a little

Oppose a little

Oppose

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

60.7

19.5

8.1

11.7

 

80.2

19.8

 

Q6p

N=970

Just like an automobile, make anyone who owns a gun have   an insurance policy in case their gun is used to unjustly injure or kill   someone

Support

Support a little

Oppose a little

Oppose

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

 

 

42.3

20.0

12.9

24.8

 

62.3

37.7

 

Q6q

N=972

Limit the number of firearms that one individual can own

 

Support

Support a little

Oppose a little

Oppose

 

Total Support

Total Oppose

 

37.3

17.9

13.0

31.8

 

55.2

44.8

Q7

N=1000

Gun   ownership in the United States varies vastly by household. Do you or does anyone   in your household own a gun?

  1. Yes
  2. No

29.1

70.9

Q8

N =291

[Note:   Question only asked to respondents who indicated that they owned a gun.Respondents can check more than one  category so percentages will not equal to 100]

Please check   any of the following statements that represent your household’s reason(s) for   gun ownership.

  1. Own gun(s) for protection
  2. Own gun(s) for hunting
  3. Own gun(s) for sport shooting
  4. Own gun(s) as part of a gun collection
  5. Own gun(s) as part of your or someone in the household’s job
  6. Other

77.0

52.7

37.7

25.1

5.6

7.5                     

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