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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:21 PM

Poll: Majority of Americans support gun control, assault weapons ban

A majority of Americans support strong, new gun control measures—including the assault weapons bans and broader background checks, according to a new ABC/Washington Post poll released Tuesday. The findings found broader support for gun control in the wake of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., with 52% of people saying they supported further gun restrictions since the shooting.
Since the shooting that claimed the lives of 26 in Sandy Hook Elementary School, there have been cracks in the NRA’s strength, with voices like Sen. Joe Manchin and Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough calling for gun control. Many have skewered the National Rifle Association for supporting assault weapons and limited background checks—something Scarborough says is a move to protect gun manufacturers, not Americans.

The NRA has responded by slamming the White House, claiming the administration is prejudiced against “honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans” and blaming them “for the acts of criminals and madmen.” And many have questioned whether further gun control could pass in Congress.

The broadest support in the poll, however, came for mandatory background checks to purchase firearms at gun shows—88% of Americans polled said they supported that measure. Of those surveyed, 58% said they supported the expired assault weapons ban, while 39% opposed it.

http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/01/15/poll-majority-of-americans-support-gun-control-assault-weapons-ban/

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Playinghardball Feb 2013 OP
russspeakeasy Feb 2013 #1
libtodeath Feb 2013 #2
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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:27 PM

1. The majority of Americans also want the CEO's of the

largest financial institutions investigated. But the political will is not there and will probably not be there for serious gun control either..

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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:30 PM

2. Single payer is hugely supported too

see where that went.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:51 PM

3. According to the poll, support for a new gun ban is much softer than it was back in 1994

Looks like more people are beginning to see the wisdom in leaving the Second Amendment alone, but we still have work to do.

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