A new poll indicates that more and more people now have guns in their homes, and that America’s attitude towards gun-control may be shifting.
According to a new Gallup poll, 47 percent of Americans report having a gun on their property, up from 41 percent a year ago.
It’s the highest number Gallup has recorded since 1993.
The poll also found that 53 percent of Americans oppose a ban on assault rifles and semiautomatic guns – the first time more have opposed than supported a ban.
It’s difficult to monitor gun ownership in this country, and the latest increase in self-reported gun ownership could reflect more of a change in Americans’ comfort with stating publicly that they have a gun, than in a real increase in gun ownership.
Even after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was seriously wounded earlier this year in an Tucson shooting rampage, the cries for tougher gun laws have quieted on Capitol Hill.