Even in the aftermath of the Charleston, South Carolina murders and the President's eloquent eulogy of a fallen pastor, likely voters in the United States are still all tied up on the role of guns and gun control in our country. This is according to a new poll 1,341 likely voters nationwide by Zogby Analytics (June 23-24, online).

We asked the following question:

Which of the following statements is closer to your view - A or B?

Statement A: One side says there are too many guns in circulation in the US and without universal background checks, which close the 'gun-show loopholes' and federal registration for all firearms purchases, not to mention outright banning high capacity magazine weapons like semi-automatics, there will continue to be more opportunities for violent and mentally ill people to get guns and kill innocent people.

Statement B: Others say that the Second amendment is designed to allow all Americans to protect themselves from potential harm, to ensure that law enforcement agencies and the government do not have a monopoly on gun possession, and that there are already laws to protect people against criminal behavior. Supporters of the Second amendment and pro-gun groups also point to areas of the country where concealed carry laws have been passed and crime rates have decreased.

Overall, 40% of likely voters nationwide support the more gun control issue position of Statement A and 43% favor the more pro-gun stance in Statement B, while 17% are not sure. But the cross-tabulation analytics reveal a nation deeply and widely split on the granular level as well. No surprise that Democrats identify with A by three to one (60% to 22%) and Republicans are the exact reverse with only 22% siding with A while 65% favor B. Independents lean toward the guns position by nine points (45% B to 36% A). The same with liberals (70%-17% A over B) and conservatives (65% B and 22% A) - while moderates are pretty much tied (39%A-40%B). The youngest voters are evenly split (40%-41%), as are 30-49 year olds (39%-42%) and the oldest voters (44%-42%). It is only the Boomers who lean toward B - (46% to 39%).

Whites tilt toward guns - 47% for B and 38% for A, but Hispanics (61%-24% A over B) and African Americans (41% to 30%) are leading the gun control crowd. Catholics are tied (44%-43%) but Born Again/evangelists are not - (58% support guns over control 27%). Interestingly, married voters and voters with children under 17 at home both strongly favor the pro-guns position.

As I have stated, I am from New York State - a very blue state. And I grew up in a family that eschewed firearms. We did not hunt nor go to gun shows. I came of age at the time of the horrible political assassinations of the Kennedy brothers and Dr. Martin Luther King. But I have been polling a long time and I have come to see how important guns are to many people - and even understand the rationale behind this. But I have some very sincere questions and I would really like readers help me come to grips with these answers.

Does my right to carry, possess and defend my family and property include semi-automatic weapons? If I fear an attack from the air do I have an equal right to possess a surface to air missile? Perhaps a nuclear weapon? After all, it would only be for personal protection.

If I must pass a test to drive and register my vehicle with the state, so I have the right to buy a gun from a mobile gun show and not have a background check? Or even to have my new weapon registered?

What right of mine is violated when ammunition I use is marked with an identification number? Maybe it is hard to go back up and postmark already-circulating ammunition, but is it so difficult for newly manufactured ones to be labeled, especially if it helps law enforcement capture the non-law-abiding members of our society? Does my right avoid any community responsibility jeopardize my right to exercise my Second Amendment rights?

Regardless of how narrow or loose we define the Second Amendment, can't we still have a well-regulated militia, but have killer weapons stored under lock and key until an emergency hits? Sort of like missiles. If we are afraid of law enforcement going overboard and conspiring to deny us our rights, do law-abiding demonstrators in Ferguson and Baltimore have just as much right to pack concealed weapons as I do?

If guns are ultimately for the protection of law-abiding people, what are the community responsibilities that go along with these rights? Please help me out here.