Fewer Americans prioritizing new gun laws compared to peak after Parkland shooting: poll

Fewer Americans prioritizing new gun laws compared to peak after Parkland shooting: poll

Fewer Americans support prioritizing new gun control laws compared to a peak in 2018 after the shooting in Parkland, Fla., according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Wednesday. Fifty percent of Americans say passing new gun control legislation should be a priority, a drop from 57 percent in 2018, which represented a high-water mark for the issue after the fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Meanwhile, 43 percent of Americans said protecting the right to own guns should be a bigger priority, a jump from 34 percent three years ago. The survey comes as the nation reels from a string of mass shootings. After a lull in gun violence in 2020 during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, high-profile shootings in Atlanta, Boulder, Indianapolis and elsewhere have thrust the issue of gun control back into the national spotlight. While those shootings have thus far not produced as much enthusiasm for gun control as the Parkland shooting, many of the Americans surveyed still said they felt strongly about the issue either way. Of the 50 percent who support prioritizing gun control, 42 percent said they feel strongly. Of the 43 percent who said protecting gun rights should be a priority, 38 percent felt strongly. President Biden has come out in support of a slate of measures on the issue, including an assault weapons ban and a limit on magazine capacity. The House, where Democrats have a narrow majority, recently passed legislation boosting the window for background […]

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