Is exercising your constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear arms an act of patriotism?
In an attempt to answer that question, Fox News put that question to 1,018 randomly-selected, registered voters across the nation from June 21-23, 2014.
According to the poll, 50 percent of respondents said that owning a firearm was indeed an act of patriotism.
When examined across party lines the poll results show that Tea Party affiliates and Republicans are more inclined to believe that owning a firearm is patriotic, 79 percent and 69 percent respectively, versus 35 percent of Democrats and 40 percent of Independents who also agree that gun ownership is an act of patriotism.
Meanwhile, 60 percent of men and 41 percent of women believe that owning a gun shows patriotism.
In the geographic breakdown, 65 percent of rural Americans, 46 percent of suburban Americans and 36 percent of urban Americans see patriotism in gun ownership.
Lastly and perhaps somewhat surprisingly, only 70 percent of those who acknowledged to having a gun in the household said that owning a gun is patriotic.