Why the NRA is so powerful, in 1 chart

by Aaron Blake  |  published on November 10, 2014

After the shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., two years ago, the National Rifle Association stood resolute against new federal gun-control measures. And its head, Wayne LaPierre, often repeated the same 18 words.

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

As it turns out, a strong majority of Americans agree with this statement — at least when it comes to their own homes. And while most social movements are slow-changing, Americans have moved toward embracing guns in the home rather rapidly.

Gallup has long asked Americans whether they thought having a gun in their home would make their home “safer” or “more dangerous.” In 2000, 35 percent of Americans thought it would make them safer. Today, that number is at 63 percent.

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