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BREAKING: Horrible News After Vegas Shooting
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In the fallout of the Las Vegas massacre that left 58 victims dead and hundreds more wounded, there has been much talk in Washington of implementing stricter gun control, talk that has widely been resisted by conservatives. But a recent survey shows that gun advocates may find themselves in the minority.
According to a new survey from Politico and Morning Consult, the majority of Americans are in support of passing heightened gun control measures to prevent future mass shootings.
Less than a third were opposed to tougher gun legislation.
Poll: Americans want gun control
Politico and Morning Consult released the results of a new survey on Wednesday that discovered there has been an increase in support for gun regulations in the last four months.
The study found that 64 percent of voters were in favor of increased gun control, while 29 percent were opposed to tougher gun legislation. This is a 3 percent increase since June of this year.
As expected, most Democrats (83 percent) support new gun laws, and 58 percent of independents agreed that stricter gun control is needed. Surprisingly, Republican voters were split on gun control laws: 49 percent were in support to 45 percent who were opposed.
In addition, more than half (55 percent) of gun owners favored new restrictions, and 41 percent were against.
Here’s how they want it
Some prospective measures that have garnered widespread support include requiring a safe storage unit for firearms; establishing a national database for every gun sale; banning firearms at school, college, and work; and mandating a three-day waiting period for gun purchases.
But most survey respondents conceded that they don’t think Congress will pass any gun laws over the next 12 months. Just 26 percent of voters said there was an “excellent or good chance” of Congress passing tougher gun control measures within the next year.
Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult’s co-founder and chief research officer, said in a statement:
The results of this survey demonstrate there is support for at least some new gun control measures, even if support for whole-scale reform is murkier.
The Politico/Morning Consult study was conducted between Oct. 5 and 9 with 1,996 registered voters. It contained a margin of error of +/- two percentage points.
For gun rights advocates, it’s not good news.
Tragedies like the Las Vegas shooting are generally followed by increased gun control activism, but in recent years Congress did little to change the current laws. This results of this survey, however, could indicate a bigger attitude shift among Americans in general toward stricter gun control measures.
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