Pew poll shows more Americans support gun rights over gun control

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WASHINGTON, DC – America’s love affair with guns appears to be shooting up.

A poll by the Pew Research Center found that for the first time in more than twenty years, more Americans support gun rights over gun control.

Fifty-two percent of Americans now believe it’s important to protect the right to own guns, while 46 percent say gun control is the way to go.

Those numbers have flipped since January 2013 when 45 percent supported gun rights and 51 percent favored more gun control.

The poll in 2013 came just a few weeks after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 school kids and 6 faculty and staff members dead.

The Pew poll also found that nearly twice as many African-Americans today believe guns prevent people from being victims of crime, going from 29 percent in December 2012 to 54 percent today.

Texas lawmakers will look at some proposed legislation when they get back to Austin next year.

Surprisingly, Texas is one of just six states in the Union that do not allow folks to walk around with a gun on their hip in some form or fashion.

State rep James White, a Republican from Woodville, wants to let people with concealed carry permits to carry their guns in the open.

Another Republican representative, Dan Flynn of Canton, introduced his own bill that also allows open carry.

And Bedford Republican representative Jonathan Strickland, who carries a gun on his hip, wants Texas to have what’s known as “constitutional carry” where qualified, law abiding citizens can conceal carry without a permit.

There may be some new folks running the show in Austin next year, but they’ll be dealing with the same old issues concerning guns and the right to own them.