Stone on Changing Attitudes Toward Guns in the US
In 1990, 78 percent of Americans thought we needed stricter gun laws. Today, only 44 percent of Americans think so. What has caused this dramatic shift in public opinion?
It is not because more people now own guns. In 1990, 48 percent of Americans had guns in their homes. Today, 45 percent of Americans do.
It is not because gun deaths are no longer a problem. Since 1990, a quarter of a million Americans have been killed by guns.
Why, then, has there been so precipitous a decline in the percentage of Americans who support stricter guns laws?