2016 Presidential Election

Polarization over guns leads to surge in legislation

– The 2016 presidential election was one of the most polarizing in recent memory, as people on both sides of the aisle expressed distaste for the opposing party's candidate and hot-button issues rose to the front of the United States' collective political mind.

With tragedies like the Sandy Hook, Pulse nightclub and San Bernardino shootings filling the news cycles over the past several years, firearms generated particularly strong emotions.

According to the Pew Research Center, gun policy was among the five most important issues to Americans during last year's election – more important to voters than even immigration, Social Security and education.

However, while guns...