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Clinton On Wrong Side Of Gun Control Debate

- December 18, 2015

Americans' Opposition To Gun Control Measures Is Growing In The Wake Of The San Bernardino Terrorist Attack

Clinton Invoked Gun Control In The Wake Of The San Bernardino Attack. “Clinton has quickly joined with one of President Barack Obama's top talking points and called for a ban on guns for anyone placed on the ‘No Fly List.’ ‘I've gotta tell you if you are too dangerous to fly in America you are too dangerous to buy a gun in America,’ Clinton said during a stop in Sioux City, Iowa, Friday.” (Tom LoBianco and Dan Merica, “Gun Control Remains A Wedge Issue Hurting Bernie Sanders,” CNN, 12/4/15)

ABC/Washington Post Poll: “When Asked Which Is The Better Reaction To Terrorism, 47 Percent Say Encouraging More People To Carry Guns Legally While 42 Percent Prefer Enacting Stricter Gun Control Laws.” “The San Bernardino shooting reignited the debate over whether the nation’s gun laws are too loose or if the greater civilian firearm ownership could prevent violence. When asked which is the better reaction to terrorism, 47 percent say encouraging more people to carry guns legally while 42 percent prefer enacting stricter gun control laws.” (Scott Clement, “Americans Doubt U.S. Can Stop ‘Lone Wolf’ Attacks, Poll Finds,” The Washington Post, 12/16/15)

“53 Percent Of Americans Now Oppose A National Ban On Assault Weapons,” An 11 Point Rise Since 2013, And A Record High Since 1994. “On a specific policy, 53 percent of Americans now oppose a national ban on assault weapons, with opposition rising 11 percentage points from 2013 to its highest level in Post-ABC polling since 1994.” (Scott Clement, “Americans Doubt U.S. Can Stop ‘Lone Wolf’ Attacks, Poll Finds,” The Washington Post, 12/16/15)

The Poll Shows A Shift Away From The Positions Favored By Those Touting Gun Control In The Wake Of The San Bernardino Attack. The results of this survey, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, point to a shift away from the position favored by Barack Obama and others who responded to the recent attack in San Bernadino, California, by calling for stricter gun control measures. Notably, in a statistical analysis, Obama’s overall job approval rating is the single strongest factor in views on an assault weapons ban. (Gary Langer, “Most Now Oppose An Assault Weapons Ban; Doubts About Stopping A Lone Wolf Run High [POLL],” ABC News, 12/16/15)


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