Most voters in Colorado, Virginia, and Wisconsin are not clamoring for stricter state laws covering the sale of guns, with majorities in each state saying more restrictions would not prevent violent attacks like last month’s killings at the Aurora, Co., theater, reports the New York Times. Still, roughly 4 in 10 likely voters say gun laws in their individual states should be made more strict, a new Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News polls find. most interviews in Wisconsin were conducted before Sunday’s shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wi.) The polls found that 6 percent in Wisconsin, 8 percent in Colorado and 9 percent in Virginia want their gun laws made less strict.
Many voters seem to lack confidence in the effectiveness of more stringent laws. About 6 in 10 voters in Virginia and Wisconsin and two-thirds in Colorado say stricter laws would not deter gunmen intent on mass shootings. “I honestly believe that criminals can get guns no matter where or when or how,” Phyllis Everitt, 65, of Aurora, said. “I realize this man purchased them legally, but if he hadn’t and he was determined to do this, he probably would have gotten them illegally,” she said, referring to James Holmes, who has been charged with killing 12 people and wounding 58 in Aurora. Few voters in the polls are satisfied with how much time the presidential candidates have spent on gun laws. More than 4 in 10 in Virginia and Wisconsin say too little time has been spent on the issue, while nearly 3 in 10 say it has been the right amount; About 2 in 10 in each state say they have spent too much time discussing the issue.