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Poll: Gun control trumps gun rights

by KEVIN CIRILLI,  |  published on December 22, 2012

More Americans prioritize gun control above Second Amendment rights by the widest margin since President Barack Obama took office, according to a new poll released Thursday in wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

Forty-nine percent of those polled said it’s more important to control gun ownership, compared to 42 percent who say it’s more important to protect Americans’ rights to own guns, according to a Pew Research Center Poll.

The Pew poll showed a slight shift toward gun control that wasn’t apparent following a July shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. Following that shooting, 47 percent thought it was more important to control gun ownership and 46 percent said it was more important to protect gun rights, according to Pew, within the poll’s margin of error.

But a Gallup poll released Wednesday found that more Americans think banning assault and semi-automatic guns wouldn’t be as effective at preventing school shootings compared with alternatives — such as increasing the government’s mental health spending and adding police presence at schools.

Pew notes that public opinion for gun control legislation remains significantly lower than before Obama took office. In April 2008, 58 percent prioritized controlling gun ownership compared to 37 percent who wanted to protect gun rights. (The remaining percentage of people in the above mentioned Pew polls either said they did not know which to prioritize or did not respond.)

The NRA is scheduled to give a press conference in Washington tomorrow. And top NRA leaders, including NRA president Wayne LaPierre, are slated to be making the rounds on the Sunday shows.

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