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Gun control

Public support for gun rights is growing

More Americans support gun rights than gun control. It's the first time that's been true, according to more than two decades' worth of Pew Research Center surveys.

Over the last couple of years, there was more support for gun control, a stance Pew attributes to the December 2012 Newtown school shooting. But ever since, it's edged back up: 52 percent of the 1,507 adults surveyed favor protecting gun rights, according to Pew's latest report. Compare that to 46 percent favoring tighter control.

Pew also found 57 percent of Americans argue gun ownership is more protective of crime victims than it is dangerous.

Read the full report here.