Key facts about Americans and guns

Gun ownership is a deeply ingrained aspect of American culture, with the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protecting the right to bear arms.
Approximately three-in-ten American adults own a gun, and gun ownership is more common in rural areas, among conservatives and Republicans, and among those without a college degree.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is one of the largest and most influential organizations advocating for gun rights. It has significant political power and a large membership base, and it regularly engages in lobbying efforts to influence gun-related legislation.
The exact extent of the right to bear arms protected by the Second Amendment has been the subject of legal and political debate for decades, with the Supreme Court issuing several landmark rulings on the issue.
Mass shootings, which have become a frequent occurrence in the United States, have sparked intense public discourse and calls for stricter gun control measures.
Gun violence is a significant public health issue in the United States, with an average of over 36,000 deaths per year due to firearms. This includes homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings.
Studies have shown that access to firearms is a risk factor for suicide, and gun suicides account for the majority of gun-related deaths in the United States.
The issue of gun control remains highly controversial and divisive, with strong opinions and arguments on both sides. Proponents of stricter regulations argue that it would reduce the number of mass shootings and other gun-related deaths, while opponents argue that it would infringe upon their Second Amendment rights.
Despite ongoing debates and differences of opinion, reducing gun violence and improving public safety is a priority for many Americans, and efforts to achieve this goal through a combination of enforcement, background checks, and targeted interventions are ongoing.