“Focus more on gun safety than restrictions”
RAPID CITY, SD (KOTA) – In 2020, gun deaths reached their highest level in at least 40 years, according to the Gifford Legal Center to Prevent Gun Violenceand with this recent increase in gun violence, Americans have a nuanced look at the hotly debated topic.
South Dakota is currently ranked the 9th highest rate of gun ownership in the nation according to the Pew Research Center, and yet, with a lot of vocal gun control backlash, some people would support tougher gun laws. Most support when it comes to talking about gun laws would be gun safety.
“These rights have obligations, and those obligations are to be responsible with your gun. Which I believe most gun owners are,” said South Dakota resident Jeff Holbrook. “If you apply the laws that are already on the books, you would solve a lot of problems.”
This comes after a poll conducted between July 28 and August 1 of 1,373 adults by the Harris School of Public Policy and the University of Chicago. Associated Press-NORC Public Affairs Research Center. This poll found that 71% of Americans polled wanted tougher gun laws. He also found that about half of Republicans and a majority of Democrats, including a large majority of gun-owning households, wanted some sort of tough gun law.
Some think that making new laws is not the solution. They say they would prefer to see the laws already in place enforced to help reduce gun violence.
“I think we already have a lot of laws and I think we have to enforce the laws we have. I don’t think criminals are going to obey any new laws anyway,” said Mark Blote, owner of a gun shop in Rapid City.
According to the poll, 60% of people said gun violence is very important in ensuring people can own firearms for personal protection and worldpopulationreview.com shows that 55% of South Dakotans are likely to own a firearm.
Copyright 2022 KOTA. All rights reserved.