Most Americans support tough new measures to counter gun violence, including banning assault weapons and posting armed guards at every school, says a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Fifty-two percent of Americans say the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Ct., has made them more supportive of gun control; just 5 percent say they are now less apt to back tighter restrictions. Most also are at least somewhat worried about a mass shooting in their own community, with concern jumping to 65 percent among those with school-age children at home.
The findings also show broad bipartisan support for mandatory background checks to purchase firearms at gun shows. While the poll showed cross-party support for some potential policies, there was a sharp divide on others, and particularly over how much emphasis the administration and Congress should place on addressing gun issues. Majorities in households with firearms support background checks at gun shows (86 percent); background checks for ammunition purchases (76 percent), a new federal gun database (62 percent); and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines (55 percent). Fifty-five percent favor the NRA proposal to place armed police or trained security guards at the nation's 100,000 schools.