• 13. Absolute right to gun ownership
    Take your position.
    • Oppose
    • Support
    Importance
    • Very
    • Somewhat
Background

Gun ownership figures are generally estimated via polling, by such organizations as the General Social Survey (GSS), Harris Interactive, and Gallup. There are significant disparities in the results across polls by different organizations, calling into question their reliability.

More than half (53%) of Republicans owned guns, compared with 36% of political independents and 31% of Democrats. One criticism of the GSS survey and other proxy measures of gun ownership, is that they do not provide adequate macro-level detail to allow conclusions on the relationship between overall firearm ownership and gun violence. Kleck compared various survey and proxy measures and found no correlation between overall firearm ownership and gun violence.

(Source: Wikipedia)
Official Democratic Position

We recognize that the individual right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we will preserve Americans' Second Amendment right to own and use firearms. We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation. We understand the terrible consequences of gun violence; it serves as a reminder that life is fragile, and our time here is limited and precious. We believe in an honest, open national conversation about firearms. We can focus on effective enforcement of existing laws, especially strengthening our background check system, and we can work together to enact commonsense improvements--like reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole--so that guns do not fall into the hands of those irresponsible, law-breaking few.

Source: 2012 Democratic Party Platform Sep 4, 2012
Official Republican Position

We uphold the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, a right which antedated the Constitution and was solemnly confirmed by the Second Amendment. We acknowledge, support, and defend the law-abiding citizen's God-given right of self-defense. We call for the protection of such fundamental individual rights recognized in the Supreme Court's decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago affirming that right, and we recognize the individual responsibility to safely use and store firearms. This also includes the right to obtain and store ammunition without registration. We support the fundamental right to self-defense wherever a law-abiding citizen has a legal right to be, and we support federal legislation that would expand the exercise of that right by allowing those with state-issued carry permits to carry firearms in any state that issues such permits to its own residents.

Source: 2012 Republican Party Platform Aug 27, 2012
Candidates' Choice
454 Answered
  •  Strongly Oppose
  •  Oppose
  •  No Opinion
  •  Strongly Support
  •  Support
 Strongly Oppose
CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM
O'MALLEY, MARTIN JOSEPH
 Oppose
CHRISTIE, CHRISTOPHER J
PATAKI, GEORGE E
 No Opinion
SANDERS, BERNARD
 Support
BUSH, JEB
CARSON, BENJAMIN S SR MD
GILMORE, JAMES S III
GILMORE, JAMES STUART III
SANTORUM, RICHARD J.
 Strongly Support
CRUZ, RAFAEL EDWARD "TED"
FIORINA, CARLY
GRAHAM, LINDSEY O
HUCKABEE, MIKE
JINDAL, BOBBY
JOHNSON, GARY EARL
KASICH, JOHN R
PAUL, RAND
RUBIO, MARCO
RYAN, PAUL D.
TRUMP, DONALD J
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