Six in 10 Americans believe having a gun in the house makes it a safer place to be, a percentage that has nearly doubled since 2000, according to a new Gallup poll.
Forty-two percent of Americans report having a gun in their home this year, according to the Gallup poll, mostly in the South (51 percent) and the Midwest (44 percent).
In May 2013, National Riffle Association Vice President Wayne LaPierre revealed membership was more than 5 million. The NRA is a national nonprofit with the outward goal of protecting, defending and advancing the Second Amendment, or the right to bear arms.
Violent crime rates have fallen significantly from 1993 to 2012, and while it may be a rough assertion to make, many believe this to be because of increased gun sales and gun ownership, according to Gallup.