Gallup: Majority believe America would be safer if more Americans carried concealed weapons

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Two women embrace outside of a family assistance center Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Las Vegas. The makeshift center was set up to help families and others reconnect after the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Public opinion on gun control is complex.

Like many other issues, gun control has become increasingly partisan in recent years.  There used to be more agreement than there is now between Republicans and Democrats.

On the other hand, we know that Americans are not that convinced that new gun laws will be that effective in stopping mass violence, and that Americans generally do not favor bans on hand guns, or on assault weapons.

We know that Americans tilt towards favoring stricter gun laws, and that will probably go up in the aftermath of Las Vegas. Americans also favor universal background checks and not selling guns to those with violent backgrounds.

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We also know that the majority of Americans think that America would be safer, not less safe, if more Americans carried concealed weapons.

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