A new CNN/ORC poll shows that registered voters continue to be in revolt against more gun control, with majorities saying “current laws are about right or even too harsh.”
Following public attacks like the one against WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward–where the gunman passed a background check for his firearm–majorities also doubt the efficacy of expanding background checks.
According to CNN, the poll shows a stark decrease in support for gun control between the time that Adam Lanza stole guns and attacked Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012 and now. For example, a poll taken in January 2013 showed 56 percent of poll respondents believed it was “too easy for people to buy guns,” but by September 2015 that figure had fallen to 41 percent.
In fact, 49 percent of respondents told CNN that current laws “are about right” and “10 percent [said] that they make it too difficult to buy a gun.”
While the typical Republican/Democrat divide exists–65 percent of Republicans think current laws “are about right;” only 28 percent of Democrats agree–the real demographic highlight is the fact that voters under the age of 50 side with Republicans on this issue. For example, “51 percent [of seniors] say it’s too easy to get a gun, while only 37 percent of those under age 50 think the same.”
The loss of faith in gun control was evidenced by the fact that 56 percent of registered voters doubted more gun control “would be able to prevent those with mental health problems from buying guns” and 58 percent doubted more laws “would keep guns out of the hands of convicted criminals.”
The bottom line–the revolt against gun control that gave Republicans lopsided victories in the 2014 mid-term elections not only continues but is deepening. Pro-gun and pro-Second Amendment stances are winners for the GOP now to an even greater degree than they were in 2014.
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