he tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut last Friday morning has reinvigorated the national debate on gun control, prompting pollsters, policymakers, and advocates on both sides of the subject to revisit the long-dormant issue. As America adjusts to a post-Newtown landscape that could permanently change the discussion about guns in this country, here are some crucial numbers to keep in mind:
Privately owned firearms in the United States
Guns for every 10 people in America
Percentage of Republicans who had a gun in their house in 1975
Percentage of Republicans who had a gun in their house in 2010
Percentage of Democrats who had a gun in their house in 1975
Percentage of Democrats who had a gun in their house in 2010
Percentage of independents who had a gun in their house in 1975
Percentage of independents who had a gun in their house in 2010
Percentage of Americans who believe gun laws should be stricter
Percentage of Americans who believe gun laws should be less strict
More than 180,000
Americans who have signed a White House petition in the last few days asking for immediate gun control legislation
Amount the NRA donated to political candidates in 2012
NRA donations received by Republicans in 2012
The NRA's total annual spending in 2010
The total 2010 spending for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence — the nation's largest pro-gun-control group
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