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Sat Dec 22, 2012, 07:57 AM

 

To Stop Shootings, Americans Focus on Police, Mental Health

I think gun control will face an uphill battle if this Gallup poll is accurate... I guess it depends on how the "somewhats" fall...


http://www.gallup.com/poll/159422/stop-shootings-americans-focus-police-mental-health.aspx
To Stop Shootings, Americans Focus on Police, Mental Health
Democrats substantially more likely to see assault gun ban as effective
by Frank Newport

PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans are most likely to say that an increased police presence at schools, increased government spending on mental health screening and treatment, and decreased depiction of gun violence in entertainment venues would be effective in preventing mass shootings at schools. Americans rate the potential effectiveness of a ban on assault and semi-automatic guns as fourth on a list of six actions Gallup asked about.

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onehandle Dec 2012 #1
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Sat Dec 22, 2012, 08:13 AM

1. Next year there will be massive anti-assault weapon activity. Mothers will make the difference. nt

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Sat Dec 22, 2012, 08:32 AM

2. 26% of GOPs favor assault weapon ban--shows the proportion of cordite-aroused Americans

Gallups writers extrapolated b/s conclusions into that headline and editorial. However, it is useful to show what the other side is thinking.
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Gallup is updating its long-term trends on gun control and will report the results next week. It is likely that support for stricter gun laws will go up. Whether or not this public support stays higher will not be evident until months have passed. The horrific nature* of this latest mass shooting, however, and the fact that it involved young children, could mean that the Newtown shootings will serve as a tipping point in Americans' attitudes on preventing gun violence not seen after previous incidents.


*The children were shot in the face and mutilated. Their parents were "not allowed" to see their bodies after the shootings.

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