As reported by the folks at Think Progress, both groups strongly support tougher laws, including requiring people to notify police when their firearms are stolen and placing modest regulations on “concealed carry” permit holders. The findings come on top of other broader surveys that show Americans generally support tougher laws even as they support a general right to bear arms.
Of course, all of this is very modest. No one is suggesting or proposing any kind of significant effort to fundamentally alter the American landscape when it comes to firearms. What it does show, however, is that most Americans (gun owners and non-gun owners alike) still harbor a lot of common sense on this issue.
They realize that there must be some limits on weapons ownership. Even the most ardent gun advocate must concede, for example, that the public has a right to place limits on private ownership of artillery guns, bazookas, and bombs if our society is to remain free. And they realize that it is possible to protect gun rights and reduce the carnage on our streets. Let’s hope this simple truth sinks into the heads of our political leaders sooner rather than later.