When Presiden Obama made a push for gun control the first major policy initiative of his second term, he repeatedly cited polling showing wide support for expanded background checks for gun purchases. Despite the December 2012 Newtown, Ct., massacre, there was never a true national outcry for new federal gun restrictions, just like little was accomplished after previous mass shootings that briefly drew national outrage, reports the Wall Street Journal.
That is reflected in a new survey from the centrist think tank Third Way of self-described moderates. The vast majority of all Americans, 93 percent of liberals, 84 percent of moderates and 72 percent of conservatives, favor expanding background checks, which now are required for guns purchased from licensed dealers but not in private sales or at most gun shows. But 58 percent of self-described moderates still say existing gun laws are sufficient to keep their community safe. When asked if there should be more government regulation of gun purchases, just 53 percent of moderates agree. For liberals, the figure is 78 percent.