WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Despite recent shootings, there is surprisingly less support for gun control. From Ferguson, Missouri, to Roseburg, Oregon, to Springfield Massachusetts… shootings over the last year have opened the conversation for gun control.
But PEW research spanning 20 years finds declining support for gun control, and increased support for gun rights. The Pew research data attributes the lack of support for gun control to a drop in violent crime over the last 20 years, and more Americans getting involved in the debate, saying they don’t want their gun rights limited.
Fewer people are demanding stricter gun laws, even with more shootings highlighted in the media.
In 2013, more than 33,000 people were killed by a gun. That’s 3,000 more people than those who died in a car accident. The numbers are high compared to other developed countries, but low compared to where our country was 20 years ago.
Western Massachusetts residents blame the continuing violence on a lack of action. “If they’re not going to go hard with the laws, then there are still going to be problems,” says Reggie Jarvis of Springfield. “You never know the purpose of them using a gun out here in the streets nowadays, you know. They can try and kill you or maybe are showing off. The young kids out here have got guns now and it’s just chaos.”
“Some people should be armed,” says Candace Robbins of West Springfield, “but I also think that there are people on these streets that get shot every single day because they’re kids and they have nothing better to do than to just shoot people.”
President Obama called for new gun control laws within hours of the Oregon community college murders.
NBC reports, on average, 323 people are shot each day in America.