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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 06:54 PM

Poll: Majority of Americans back stricter gun laws

Source: CBS News/New York Times

January 17, 2013, 6:30 PM
Poll: Majority of Americans back stricter gun laws
By Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Anthony Salvanto, Fred Backus and Leigh Ann Caldwell

As the president outlined sweeping new proposals aimed to reduce gun violence, a new CBS News/New York Times poll found that Americans back the central components of the president's proposals, including background checks, a national gun sale database, limits on high capacity magazines and a ban on semi-automatic weapons.

Asked if they generally back stricter gun laws, more than half of respondents - 54 percent - support stricter gun laws; 53 percent say it would deter gun violence. That is a jump from April - before the Newtown and Aurora shootings - when only 39 percent backed stricter gun laws but about the same as ten years ago.

Not all respondents, however, back stricter gun laws. The idea is more popular among Democrats and a slight majority of independents while only 31 percent of Republicans back stricter limits on guns. The ideological split is similar to the split among gun ownership. While 74 percent of people who don't keep guns in the house back stricter gun laws, 36 percent of gun owning households do and 26 percent of gun owners.

When asked about specific proposals, however, people were more inclined to back stricter gun laws. For instance, nine out of 10 respondents support background checks on all potential gun buyers, and nearly four-fifths of respondents are in favor of a national database to track gun sales. As for limiting access, 63 percent support a ban on high-capacity magazines and 53 percent back a ban on semi-automatic weapons.

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http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57564597/poll-majority-of-americans-back-stricter-gun-laws/

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Judi Lynn Jan 2013 OP
SunSeeker Jan 2013 #1
upaloopa Jan 2013 #2
AtheistCrusader Jan 2013 #4
bloomington-lib Jan 2013 #5
another_liberal Jan 2013 #6
upaloopa Jan 2013 #8
upaloopa Jan 2013 #7
calimary Jan 2013 #3
SoapBox Jan 2013 #9

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 06:56 PM

1. K&R

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 06:58 PM

2. No we are reading those results all wrong. Just

a minute and some gunners will tell us what's wrong with this poll. I don't know what is wrong with it but I can't see the world through a gunner's paradigm.

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Response to upaloopa (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:02 PM

4. I'm a gunner.

I support stricter gun laws, like registration, which is a twofer: nuke private transfers, and straw purchases in one, PLUS then we can proactively strip someone's guns when they have a court order mental health evaluation, or a domestic violence charge, or a restraining order.

Win win win.

Is it ok with you if I am a 'gunner' AND support stronger gun laws?

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:12 PM

5. sounds good to me

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:13 PM

6. I've owned guns since I was a teenager . . .

I've owned guns since I was a teenager, and currently own a rifle and a hand gun. I support all that the President is trying to do. I wish we as a nation had moved much sooner on this much-needed effort to end the senseless slaughter caused by easy access to military classes of weapons, magazines and ammo.

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:17 PM

8. Me too, I still own a gun. Maybe we scared off the

other kinds of gunners which is what I was trying to do.

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:16 PM

7. Well obviously your not looking through the right gunner

paradigm. Your in the minority

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 06:58 PM

3. And don't you forget it!!!!!

And going even further - let's all make sure ALL our reps, Senate, House, states, WHEREVER, can't forget it, either!

TOLL FREE numbers for calling Capitol Hill here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022203784

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:39 PM

9. "Poll: Majority of Americans back stricter gun laws"

Uhhhh...but....

that's not what the Kill-with-a-Gun Industry and their hand-up-the-ass-puppet NRA group want.

Isn't that all that really matters?

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