Gallup has a new poll out that they're able to compare against years of data and the news is not good, but it's encouraging. The link goes to further info and some really detailed data on who wants gun control. Neat. --- http://www.galluppoll.com/content/?ci=28978 October 11, 2007 Shrunken Majority Now Favors Stricter Gun Laws Percentage favoring stricter gun laws has declined in recent years, while most still oppose handgun ban by Lydia Saad GALLUP NEWS SERVICE PRINCETON, NJ -- The gap between the proportion of Americans advocating stricter gun laws and those in favor of maintaining or weakening existing gun laws -- once nearly 60 points in favor of stronger gun control, and registering 14 points a year ago -- is just four points in Gallup's latest poll. According to the Oct. 4-7, 2007, survey, 51% of Americans believe the laws governing the sale of firearms should be more strict. When combined, the percentages saying the laws should either be kept as they are or made less strict is nearly as high (47%). In numerous measures of this question between 1990 and 2000, no fewer than 60% of Americans favored the "more strict" option, producing a consistently sizeable gap in favor of the more gun-control oriented position. There was a significant change in October 2001, one month after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In that survey, the percentage favoring stricter gun laws fell to 53%, narrowing the gap between this view and those favoring the status quo or weaker laws to only 7 points. This gap remained low in 2002, but then subsequently swelled to double digits for most of the period from 2003 to 2006, only shrinking again to this year's 4 points. Given that the country is entering a national election year, a time when gun control issues would normally be expected to be debated, the latest results are a notable reversal.