Hardening GOP Opposition to Gun Reforms

Hardening GOP Opposition to Gun Reforms

What To Know Today Republicans are increasingly opposed to gun reform measures. That’s a key takeaway of a Morning Consult/Politico survey looking at Americans’ attitudes on firearms policy in the wake of mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado. Forty-two percent of Republican voters now support tighter gun reform laws, down from 54 percent in 2019 in the aftermath of two high-profile mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio. Meanwhile, Democratic support ticked up two points to 93 percent. While a clear majority of Americans still support stricter gun laws, the number dropped slightly since 2019 (68 percent vs. 73 percent). When the question is phrased as a choice between Second Amendment rights and limits on gun ownership, a plurality (48 percent) of respondents now prioritize the former over the later, a five-point shift toward gun rights since 2019. Reacting to the White House plan to set aside $5.3B for community violence prevention. Yesterday, a coalition of violence prevention activists succeeded in getting the administration to drastically increase its investment target in a new jobs plan. Thomas Abt, a former NYC prosecutor and Justice Department official whose ideas figured prominently into the Biden campaign’s then-smaller pledge to reduce community violence, was astounded. “I’m struggling to get my mind around how transformative an investment of this size could be, particularly if it’s directed to evidence-based strategies that are proven to work. It’s simply historic,” he said in a thread recapping the news. “I estimated that $899 million — properly […]

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