Here's a quick guide to Gallup's key data on gun violence and gun policy.
- Americans support stricter gun laws in Gallup's most recent updates on gun trends, but the majority don't embrace bans on handguns and assault rifles.
- Gallup finds widespread support for background checks and other restrictions on gun purchases.
- The importance of gun control as a voting issue has increased in the past two decades.
- Americans supported six of seven ways to deter mass school shootings a month after the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, with Republicans and Democrats agreeing on five.
- At the same time, Americans thought prevention efforts (mental health screenings, school security) would be more effective than stricter gun laws.
- After the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Gallup found nearly half of Americans blaming mass shootings on the mental health system for failing to identify potential shooters.
- Americans' focus on guns as the nation's top problem has historically spiked, and then quickly dissipated, after mass shootings.
- Four in 10 Americans in 2017 feared being a victim of a mass shooting, with women, Democrats and young adults worried most.
- Approximately four in 10 Americans (43%) report they have a gun in their home, although this has varied by subgroup over the years.
- A slim majority of U.S. adults viewed the National Rifle Association (NRA) more favorably than unfavorably in 2018.
For full trends on gun ownership and all major Gallup trends on guns and gun control, visit Gallup's trend page for guns: