Americans have a complex relationship with guns because plenty of americans have different opinions about them. Many think that gun control takes away their freedom when others also think they are necessary because of the rise in gun violence and mass shootings. People against more gun control laws usually think it violates their 2nd Amendment right.
Guns are not anything foreign to Americans, in a survey 3 out of 10 people claim they personally own a firearm and an additional 11% of Americans claim they live with someone that owns a gun. In a PEW research center survey it says “Americans have broad exposure to firearms: Nearly half of U.S. adults (48%) grew up in a household with guns”. Two thirds of gun owners say the number one reason they own guns is for protection and security. In this same survey 60% of Americans say that gun laws should be stricter “these views differ sharply by party: 86% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say gun laws should be stricter, while 31% of Republicans and GOP leaners say the same” . Most Americans agree that new laws need to be created but there is lots of argument what that law should be and how restricting it can be and if this law is a violation of our second amendment right.
Americans are often split on if the restricting of legal gun ownership would lead to fewer mass shootings and gun violence. 47% of adults say that restricting access to guns would fewer mass shootings and 46% say that it would make no difference and a few 6% saying that it would increase. This shows the different views on gun control and how complex this relationship between Americans and guns are.