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(CNN) — Following the mass shootings in a Colorado movie theater and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, the debate over gun control has been reignited: How should the country balance its constitutional right to bear arms with access to deadly firepower?

Here’s a look by the numbers on guns in the United States and Americans’ attitudes toward them.

  • 26 — Percentage of Americans who favor a handgun ban, a record low, according to a 2011 Gallup Poll.
  • 60 — Percentage who supported a ban in 1959, the first year Gallup asked this question.
  • 47 — Percentage of Americans who told Gallup in 2011 that they had at least one gun at home.
  • At least 41 — Percentage increase in background checks for new gun owners in Aurora, Colorado, on the weekend after shootings there.
  • 56 — Number of votes in the Senate that the assault weapons ban received in 1994.
  • 19 — Types of military-style weapons affected by the ban.
  • 10 — Years the assault weapons ban was in effect until it expired.
  • 40 — Percentage of guns sold through unlicensed, private sellers.
  • 5,400 — Licensed firearms manufacturers in the United States in 2011.
  • 310 million — Total number of nonmilitary firearms in the United States as of 2009.
  • $75 or less — Retail price of a low-caliber handgun.
  • At least $1,500 — Retail price of a “higher-end” shotgun or rifle.
  • 49 — Percentage of Americans who said in 2011 that protecting gun-ownership rights was important.
  • 46 — Percentage who thought gun control was more important.
  • 58 — Percentage polled in 2011 after the shootings in Tucson, Arizona, that felt mass shootings were mainly isolated events carried out by “troubled individuals.”
  • 16,799 — Homicides in the United States in 2009.
  • 11,493 — Homicides by firearm in 2009.
  • 150,000 — Brady Act background checks in 2009 that led to the rejection of a potential gun buyer’s application.
  • 39 — Percentage of applications denied by states because of a felony conviction or indictment.

By Amy Roberts – CNN

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