Americans support gun control: Poll
WASHINGTON – Agence France-Presse
Americans support stricter gun laws by a more-than two-to-one margin, one of the highest levels on record, a polling agency reported Feb. 20 one week after the latest U.S. school shooting left 17 people dead.
The tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has shocked many Americans, inspired students to launch campaigns to reduce gun violence, and put Congress and President Donald Trump’s administration in the spotlight as they consider what changes, if any, should be made to the country’s gun laws.
Voters support tightening gun laws by 66 to 31 percent, according to Quinnipiac University’s national poll, which described the margin as “the highest level of support” since it began surveys on the question in 2008.
The poll also found that a majority of gun owners, 50 percent to 44 percent, backed stricter gun laws, and that their support specifically for universal background checks rose to an overwhelming 97 percent, against just three percent who opposed such checks or expressed no opinion.
“If you think Americans are largely unmoved by the mass shootings, you should think again,” Quinnipiac poll assistant director Tim Malloy said in a statement.