Gun ownership is up in America. So why
isn't the media telling you about it?

By John R. Lott. September 8th, 2016

Two weeks ago, the PEW Research Center released a survey showing that gun ownership by households is up to 44% -- a 7-percentage point increase in the past two years. Another 5% of households won't reveal whether they own a gun. Yet, not a single mainstream American media headline has announced the increase.

In fact, the media goes out of its way to find polls claiming that Americans are turning away from guns. In their War on Guns they want to give the impression that gun owners are a small, fringe group. Maybe they are hoping that this will have an impact on policy. As General Social Survey director Tom Smith told me, a large drop in gun ownership would "make it easier for politicians to do the right thing on guns."

In June, the Washington Post and Time magazine trumpeted a CBS News poll with this headline: "American gun ownership drops to lowest in nearly 40 years" and "The Weird Reason Why Gun Ownership in America Is at Its Lowest Point Since the 1970s." Last year, an Associated Press headline announced: "Gun ownership in U.S. drops to record low." Recent headlines in the New York Times and CNN declared: "Share of Homes With Guns Shows 4-Decade Decline" and "Fewer US gun owners own more guns."

The Washington Post falsely assured readers, "The downward trend in gun ownership remains consistent across the national polls." .......

This subject is nothing new, but John Lott makes some very relevant observations. Much of the mainstream media chooses to ignore real facts and accurate figures - preferring instead to slam most things to do with guns. All data points to an overall increase in gun sales and ownership over the last seven years, and by that token it is more than safe to assume there are more guns in homes now as well. Gun ownership up - homicides down - there has to be a correlation there!

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