Good news for the Second Amendment: support for gun rights is higher than it’s been in decades, according to a new survey from the respected Pew Research Center.
The Washington Times describes the findings as “a stunning turnaround in how Americans feel about the issue just two years after the  Newtown school shooting.”
The Pew survey found that fully 52% of Americans say protecting gun rights is more important than gun control — the highest support found by Pew in two decades, the first time they’ve found a majority championing gun rights over gun control, and a rise of seven points in just two years.
Further, nearly six-in-ten Americans (57%) say gun ownership does more to protect people from crime that put them at risk.
The numbers are helped by a huge increase in support for gun rights among black Americans. Fifty-four percent of blacks now say firearms protect people from crimes, nearly double the percentage saying this just two years ago. Thirty-four percent of blacks support gun rights over gun control, a rise of 50% from 2012’s 24%.
Some statist limitations on gun rights still have significant support, such as universal background checks (favored by 90%) and limits on various rifles and ammunition magazines (around 50%).
But overall this is a rousing show of growing support for one of the most basic and fundamental rights.