Forty-nine percent of those polled said it’s more important to control gun ownership, compared to 42 percent who say it’s more important to protect Americans’ rights to own guns, according to a Pew Research Center Poll.
The Pew poll showed a slight shift toward gun control that wasn’t apparent following a July shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. Following that shooting, 47 percent thought it was more important to control gun ownership and 46 percent said it was more important to protect gun rights, according to Pew, within the poll’s margin of error.
But there was even more support for gun control before President Obama took office.
In April 2008, 58 percent prioritized controlling gun ownership compared to 37 percent who wanted to protect gun rights. (The remaining percentage of people in the above mentioned Pew polls either said they did not know which to prioritize or did not respond.)