Backing for Stricter Gun Laws Highest in 25 Years

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Support for stricter gun laws has spiked in polls after the fatal South Florida school shooting, hitting its highest level in at least a quarter-century, Politico reports. About two-in-three Americans say in various surveys that gun control laws should be made more strict, including a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll that shows support for stricter gun laws among registered voters at 68 percent, compared to just 25 percent who oppose stricter gun laws. It’s common for gun control support to rise after mass shootings. The percentage of Americans who want more restrictive gun laws is greater now than after any recent shooting.

Support for stricter gun laws was at 58 percent after the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting that killed 49 people, 64 percent after the 2017 mass shooting that resulted in 58 deaths at country-music concert in Las Vegas and 60 percent last November, after a shooter killed 26 people inside a church in Sutherland Springs, Tx. Much of the increased support comes from Republicans, says Morning Consult’s Kyle Dropp. Other polls show similar growth in support for additional gun restrictions, mostly from Republicans and independents. A CBS News poll last week found 65 percent of Americans say the laws governing the sale of guns should be stricter, an increase of eight points from last December, and the highest number CBS News has ever recorded for stricter gun laws. A CNN poll this week recorded support for stricter gun control laws at 69 percent, the highest mark since 1993. It’s up from just 52 percent last October, shortly after the Las Vegas shooting. Until recently, support for stricter gun laws had waned over the past 25 years, since then-President Bill Clinton signed into the law the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, and the federal assault weapons ban in 1994.

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