Poll-itics: Broad support for new gun restrictions; majority for bans on assault weapons, high-capacity magazines

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Despite the NRA's shooting game app for your kiddies – as young as four! – with targets in the shape of coffins, and despite a freshman GOP lawmaker threatening impeachment over gun rights, and despite some dufus who screamed “I just f**king shot myself!” and despite other wisdom from gun “enthusiasts”, most of us are still relatively sane.

According to the following poll results, it seems Americans in general are wiser and more reasonable than the gun zealots that we see on the Tee Vee Machine and read about in articles like the ones mentioned above.

Via two reports on LiveWire, since the Newtown massacre, a broad majority of Americans favor new gun regulations. Apparently, they're not fretting about Big Bad Obama coming to take anyone's guns away.

The Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 58 percent of respondents supported a ban, 39 percent were opposed.

88 percent were fine with requiring background checks at gun shows, with only 11 percent opposing them. 76 percent favored background checks for buying ammo, 22 percent didn't. 52 percent said the Newtown shootings made them more supportive of gun laws.

Meantime, a Pew Research Center poll showed 55 percent supporting an assault weapons ban, and 54 percent were for a prohibition on high-capacity magazines. 85 percent support background checks for private and gun show sales, 7 percent support a federal database to track gun sales, and 58 percent favor a ban on semi-automatic weapons.

More at the links.

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  • chris kraska

    Universal background checks. 
    Mandatory education and training.
    Make people jump through hoops to own weapons.
    Add weapons to the NFA.

    Problem solved.

    Will it happen?

    No.

    Chris