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More Americans Than Ever Support Stricter Gun Control Laws, Poll Finds

A gun enthusiast attends the a show three days after a mass shooting less than 50km away at the Marjory Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. AFP  Michele Eve Sandberg More Americans Than Ever Support Stricter Gun Control Laws, Poll Finds
Patty Aguilar | 21 February, 2018, 02:35

Americans support stricter gun laws by a more-than two-to-one margin, one of the highest levels on record, a polling agency reported yesterday one week after the latest U.S. school shooting left 17 people dead.

"We polled several issues looking at everything that has to do with weapons and clearly, it's a reaction to what happened down in Florida", Malloy said.

Tyra Heman holds a sign in front of her Parkland, Florida, high school where 17 people were killed. The pollster, based in CT, says it began focusing on the issue in the wake of the 2012 shooting at nearby Sandy Hook elementary school. This was the highest number ever recorded in the independent poll, although still short of the highs recorded by Gallup in the early 1990s.

Support for stricter gun laws has increased again in the wake of the most recent mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., and there is near-unanimous support for universal background checks, a new Quinnipiac University poll has found. The poll was conducted over four days with 150 staff members calling randomly-generated numbers from all 50 states. Voters want by a two-to-one margin support a ban on sales of assault weapons, and by a five-to-one margin want a mandatory waiting period for all gun purchases.

Those in favor of stricter gun legislation outnumber those opposed by a measure of more than two-to-one, according to the poll.

Ninety-seven percent of voters agree that universal background checks are necessary.

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Just 31 percent of respondents oppose stricter gun laws.

The results indicated that two key demographic groups that supported President Donald Trump are on board with new gun control measures.

That had dropped to a 47 percent/50 percent support/oppose split in December 2015.

The gun control debate reignited after 17 people were gunned down last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The White House on Monday said Trump, who ran on a pro-gun platform during the 2016 election, would support tougher background checks for gun buyers. According to authorities, the suspect in the case, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, legally purchased the AR-15-style weapon used in the shooting.

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