Table 1

Firearm researcher survey results

NQuestionDisagree* (%)Neither agree nor disagree (%)Agree† (%)I don't know (%)Evidence strong‡ (%)
1150‘In the United States a gun in the home increases the risk of suicide’8884%63
2122‘In the United States, guns are used in self-defense far more often than they are used in crime’73118%932
3140‘The change in state-level concealed carry laws in the United States over the past few decades from more restrictive to more permissive has reduced crime rates’62119%1824
4102‘In the United States, having a gun in the home increases the risk that a woman living in the home will be a victim of homicide’11672%1147
5119‘Safe storage (e.g., unloaded, locked up) of firearms in the home reduces the likelihood of suicide’17965%925
6 96‘The Eddie Eagle gun safety educational program for children effectively reduces gun accidents’2699%5612
7 85‘Periodically the Gallup poll asks this exact question of the general public. Please give your own opinion. “Do you think having a gun in the house makes it safer or a more dangerous place to be?”’Safer

It depends

More dangerous
885‘Strong gun laws help reduce homicide’121271%649
9108‘Internationally, and in the United States, evidence indicates that background checks can help keep guns out of the hands of a significant number of violent people’161060%1331
10114‘Carrying a gun on your person outside the home generally reduces the risk of being killed’76812%432
11106‘In states/nations with strong gun laws, gun used in crime often come from states/nations with weak gun laws’13858%2034
12101‘If more citizens are armed with guns, that will reduce the rates of robbery and burglary’8099341
13 99‘In the United States, the proliferation of guns and permissive gun policies have created a serious public health problem’13384%070
14 97‘The carrying of firearms by regular citizens enhances public safety’9045%150
15108‘Less than 10% of interpersonal violent acts with a gun are committed by individuals with serious mental illness’13467%1742
  • *Disagree=disagree or strongly disagree.

  • †Agree=agree or strongly agree.

  • ‡Evidence Strong=evidence strong or very strong.