When it comes to guns, Americans want the best of both worlds: they want more access, but they also want more control over what type of firearm is available and to whom. The opinions over gun control, Derek Thompson writes in the Atlantic, aren't what you think.
Strangely, public support for gun control usually trends down after a mass shooting, according to a graph by Quartz. Virtually identical numbers of people support gun control and gun rights, currently around 47% for both sides of the issue.
Over half of Americans support background checks, bans on semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity ammunition clips, and limitations on gun ownership for felons and the mentally ill, Thompson writes, quoting Ezra Klein of the Washington Post.
Support for gun control also breaks along measurable demographic lines. Democrats, Northeast residents, women, and African Americans typically support gun control. Conversely, Republicans and Independents, people living in the Midwest, the South, and the West, along with Caucasians and men, support gun rights.Via the Atlantic