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Polls: Americans Support Obama Gun Reforms

President Obama’s gun control reforms have the support of most of the American people, several recent polls suggest. Motivated by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last month, citizens support increased regulations more than they have in years. While Congress remains divided, Obama’s initiatives appear to represent the American majority.

An online Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 74 percent of respondents favored a ban on semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. Newtown, Conn., shooter Adam Lanza used an assault rifle and two other semi-automatic weapons during his attack on the elementary school. James Holmes was also armed with a semi-automatic rifle when he shot 70 people in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. Holmes’ weapon was equipped with a 100-round drum magazine.

According to a CBS News/New York Times poll, 90 percent of those surveyed supported mandatory background checks for potential gun owners, including those purchasing weapons privately or at gun shows. The National Rifle Association has opened up to an increase in background checks, though the group and other gun lobbyists oppose other reforms.

“There are some who say the most powerful voice in the debate belongs to the gun lobbies and those who demand a stop to these common-sense approaches to save lives. I think they’re wrong,” Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday. “This time, this time will not be like the times that have come before. Newtown has shocked the nation.”


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11 thoughts on “Polls: Americans Support Obama Gun Reforms

  1. Milo Bendech says:

    We don't care what most Americans think or what the Supreme court says.
    Owning any gun we want is our right and anyone who tries to stop us is looking for trouble.

  2. Anonymous says:

    All these articles about american support are phony after reading about how 0bammy and crew are using their voters to affirm his gun laws. Half his voters can't be found….

  3. What I really want is for gun owners to be as responsible as anyone else. And, for that, we need a mandatory national gun registry.

    Why should gun owners be less responsible than car owners? Everyone needs to be held to account for their actions.

    If a car is used in a crime, it's registration will be traced to the owner. If the owner reported the car stolen and had an alibi when the crime was committed then they are off the hook.

    Right now, any convicted felon or known terrorist or paranoid schizophrenic can go buy whatever weapons they want at a gun show–because no background checks are required there. They can then kill several people with that gun.

    And what responsibility does the previous owner have? None!

    Right now, someone can kill someone with a gun and then wipe the prints from the gun and dispose if it somewhere. If the gun is found, that person can merely claim they sold the gun to a stranger.

    This situation is insane and completely unacceptable. America is waking up to the gun sickness we've become.

    I've got no problems with people owning 'some type' of guns for home defense. But I don't think it's too much to demand that gun owners be held responsible for the actions.

  4. Stanley Plopper says:

    Yeah, like an Uzi? Laws are already in place, genius, and you follow them. Stop jerking to Guns and Ammo and rejoin civilized society.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Dear Michael,
    Responsible as anyone else? Can I take your (or your family and friends) cell away so your attention is placed 100% on driving and not putting my life in danger? I take it you, your family and friends are part of the 1% that never uses your phone while driving. Forget how many you know text while driving. I don't have to go there. That would be too easy.

  6. The 2nd Amendment isn't about just home defense. It's about protection against tyranny. You people bitch about murder but when they want to sentence a known killer to the death penalty, you're the same group that comes out and whines about that. Laws unenforced do nothing for violence. Areas where armed citizens are curb crime. That is a proven statistic. Registration will lead to confiscation sooner or later.

    Bad people will get guns no matter what. Don't disarm law abiding citizens because of your emotional whims. Learn the facts and be proactive to protect yourself and those you love.

  7. They don't make law abiding drivers give up their cars because drunk drivers kill others with them…

  8. Joe Kelsall says:

    Grow up, you ignorant fool

  9. Joe Kelsall says:

    An inappropriate analogy!

  10. well lets just say that drunk drivers can get off without even a crime if they get the right lawyer. plus ones that r convicted r still allowed to drive usually within 6 months if not sooner.

  11. As a gun owner I refused to be demonized by a biased media and corrupt political hacks.

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