Poll: Americans buy guns for safety

A majority of Americans say they buy guns for personal safety.

A new poll in the US shows that a majority of the American people who already own guns say they have bought firearms for personal protection.

A Gallup poll, released on Monday, indicated that 60 percent of citizens say they own guns for personal safety/protection reasons while 36 percent say they own firearms for hunting.

As many opponents to stricter gun control laws in the US invoke the Second Amendment to the US Constitution to support their argument, only 5 percent of Americans cite “Second Amendment rights” for owning guns.

Gun violence in the US came under spotlight after a shooter killed 20 first-grade school children and six staff members using an assault rifle sold legally to his mother in a rampage at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012.

Since the deadly shooting in Newtown, the US media have reported nearly 10,000 gun deaths in the country, according to an interactive project between slate.com and the anonymous creator of the Twitter feed @GunDeaths.

However, slate.com says the actual number of deaths as of October 29, is roughly 29,000, almost three times more than the numbers reported in the media.

A scientific study published by the American Journal of Medicine in September found that the rate of gun violence is positively correlated with gun ownership rates, supporting arguments put forth by many critics who blame the notoriously liberal gun control laws in the US for the high rate of gun violence in the country.

According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the current background check system in the US only applies to about 60 percent of gun sales, leaving 40 percent of sales, including online sales and purchases at gun shows, without a background check.

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Source: Press TV