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GUN OWNERSHIP IN AMERICA ARMED TO THE TEETH

Since its conception, the Second Amendment - guaranteeing the “right to bear arms� - has been one of the most controversial clauses in history. Gun supporters have ivoked it to make the case for owning firearms while others have cited it to encorage more stringent anti-gun laws. Regardless gun ownership in the United States remains strong compared to the rest of the world and the debate over gun rights protection versus gun control has grown more divisive than ever before.

United States: Packing Serious Heat SO WHAT KIND OF GUNS DO AMERICAN GUN OWNERS HAVE?

Rifle or Shotgun

Handgun

74%

68%

Semi-automatic weapon

17%

Other

8%

Gun Ownership: A Right or a Privilage? The support for gun control over gun rights protection was clear throughout recent history. But in the last few years,

In Our Defense

trends have been showing a very evenly divided public, with slightly more Americans now favoring the right to own firearms. Control gun ownership

80

WHAT DO AMERICANS SAY THEY USE GUNS FOR?

Protect the right of Americans to own guns

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Protection againts crime: 67%

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Target shooting: 66%

Hunting: 58%

Nicole Lorenzo  

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