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WaPo/ABC Poll: Americans Oppose More Gun Control

- December 16, 2015

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

"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 Comes In The Wake Of Clinton, Obama And Democrats In Congress Pushing For More Restrictions On The Second Amendment

Hillary Clinton Supports Reinstating The Assault Rifle Ban. "Military-style assault weapons do not belong on our streets. They are a danger to law enforcement and to our communities. Hillary will work to keep assault weapons off our streets and supports reinstating the assault weapons ban." (Hillary Clinton, "It Is Past Time We Act On Gun Violence," HillaryClinton.com, Accessed 12/16/15)

Obama Seeks To Ban Assault-Style Weapons. "In his weekly radio address Saturday, Mr. Obama called for new restrictions to make it harder for dangerous people to buy guns, pointing out that military-style weapons were used in the San Bernardino attack." (David Sherfinski, "Pro-Gun Groups Slam Obama For Tying Gun Control To Terrorism In Wake Of San Bernardino Attack," The Washington Times, 12/8/15)

House Democrats Seek To Renew Assault Weapons Ban . "Following a string of recent mass shootings, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is looking to renew the assault weapons ban that was originally signed by former President Bill Clinton but expired more than a decade ago." (Tim Devaney, "House Dems Push Assault Weapons Ban," The Hill, 12/15/15)


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