According to an article by Shooting Sports Retailer, the majority of Americans believe concealed carry works.
“In a new national poll on crime and gun rights, a large majority of American say they feel safer when more people are carrying concealed handguns.” The poll showed that women, Republicans and Independents are in favor of concealed carry. On the other hand, the majority of Democrats said they “Felt less safe with more concealed carriers.”
Taken by Gallup, the poll adds that many Americans do not believe stricter background checks would help stop mass shootings. The most recent poll was taken right after the recent shooting at a school in Oregon. This poll followed another Gallup poll that showed an increase in Americans who want stricter gun laws. That poll captured a record low percentage of Americans who said they would want handguns banned, however.
“The seemingly continuous incidence of mass shootings in the U.S. in recent years underscores the need for a focus on what can be done to prevent such tragic events in the future,” Gallup said. “Previous … research has shown that Americans believe a failure of the mental health system to identify individuals who are a danger to others and easy access to guns are more to blame for mass shootings than other causes tested.”