Record High Number Of Americans Say Guns Make Homes Safer

A new Gallup poll indicates that almost two thirds of Americans believe that having a gun at home makes them safer.

The poll finds that 63% of respondents, more than six in ten, say that owning a firearm makes their house a safer place to be.

The figure is double what it was in 2000, when just three in ten said owning a gun made them safer. Interestingly, the same number in the new poll, three in ten, now say they believe having a gun in the house makes it a more dangerous place.

The percentage of those who feel safer has increased steadily and significantly since 2000, and is now a significant majority.

The number is still a majority when measured according to the demographics of gender, race and location. The only majority grouping of Americans who feel less safe with a gun at home are Democrats (53%).

Having a Gun in the House -- Safer or More Dangerous?

In addition, Americans of all political persuasions have become more disposed over time to the idea that gun ownership makes their home more secure.

Since 2000, 37% more Republicans, 29% more independents, and 13% more Democrats feel this way.