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WP: Most Americans Support Gun Control (D+9)

From a giddy Washington Post:

Poll: Most Americans support new gun-control measures after Newtown massacre

By David Nakamura and Jon Cohen | January 14, 2013

Most Americans support tough new measures to counter gun violence, including banning assault weapons and posting armed guards at every school, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

"Most Americans" are also against abortion. But we seldom hear about that.

And bear in mind that this Washington Post-ABC News poll oversampled Democrats by 9%. (Dem/Rep/Ind = 33/24/37.) Which is more than twice the advantage the Democrats had in the November elections. (4%.)

More than half of Americans — 52 percent in the poll — say the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., has made them more supportive of gun control; just 5 percent say they are now less apt to back tighter restrictions. Most also are at least somewhat worried about a mass shooting in their own community, with concern jumping to 65 percent among those with school-age children at home.

The findings, which also show broad bipartisan support for mandatory background checks to purchase firearms at gun shows, came as President Obama said Monday that he will lay out specific White House proposals on gun-control legislation and executive actions this week.

Obama has pledged to champion broad new reforms in the wake of the mass shooting that killed 26, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown one month ago. He is scheduled to receive a list of proposals Tuesday from Vice President Biden, who is leading a task force on gun violence.

But most congressional Republicans and some Democrats oppose restrictive new measures, such as an assault-weapons ban…

Lest we forget, Connecticut already had an assault weapons ban. In fact, none of the measures that are being publically discussed would have prevented the Newtown shootings. But that doesn’t seem to matter anymore.

For most potential policies, support is far stronger among Democrats than among Republicans; the exception is placing armed guards in schools, an idea favored by more Republicans.

And that is a proposal backed by the NRA, as well.

The poll shows broad support among Americans for establishing a database to track all gun sales (71 percent) and for a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines (65 percent).

And by "high-capacity" they mean 10 rounds or more.

Fifty-one percent support a ban on semiautomatic handguns

Notice how this last finding is buried here near the bottom of this article. And never mind that "semiautomatic handguns" are the overwhelming weapon of Americans when it comes to defending their homes and families.

A Glock 9mm, for instance, is a semiautomatic handgun. It also has a mag with a 10 round capacity.

So this would seem to be a ‘low information’ poll of low information Americans.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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