Americans Back Gun Restrictions, Says New Poll

A new Ipsos/Reuters Poll has found strong support from Americans for restrictions on gun ownership and where they can be carried.

91% of those surveyed agreed on the need for background checks before a firearm can be sold. Only 6% said they thought gun ownership should require no or very few restrictions.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they supported limiting the sale of automatic weapons, and 62% oppose bringing firearms into churches, workplaces or stores. 69% supported laws like those recently repealed in Virginia that limit the number of guns someone can purchase in a given time frame.

However, nearly half of those surveyed felt crime rates were rising where they lived — even though FBI statistics show violent crime is declining. And most of those surveyed said they supported laws that allow Americans to use deadly force to protect themselves from danger in their own home or in a public place.

87% supported the use of deadly force to protect themselves from danger in their home.

Two-thirds said they backed laws permitting the use of deadly force to protect themselves in public.

Said pollster Chris Jackson:

“Americans do hold to this idea that people should be allowed to defend themselves and using deadly force is fine, in those circumstances. In the theoretical … there’s a certain tolerance of vigilantism.”

The survey included 650 Republicans, 752 Democrats and 520 independents. The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online poll is measured using a credibility interval and this poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points for all respondents.

Next week, victims of gun violence will converge on Capitol Hill to challenge Congressional leaders and members to keeps guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

The lobbying effort is linked to the anniversaries of the mass shootings at Virginia Tech and Columbine High School. It is led by Colin Goddard, who survived being shot four times in 2007, and includes Tom Mauser, whose 15-year-old son Daniel was killed in the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999, and Sherialyn Byrdsong, whose husband Ricky was killed on July 2, 1999 by a white supremacist.

Said Goddard:

“Time and again after high-profile shootings, we’ve heard members of Congress say that now is not the ‘appropriate’ time to discuss legislation to prevent these tragedies. Well, 32 Americans are murdered every single day in this country. We want to know: When will it be ‘appropriate’ to talk about keeping us safe? We are tired of living with the tragedy of gun violence, and we want Congress to act now to protect us and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. We won’t rest until they do.”

Brady Campaign President Dan Gross said that thousands of Americans are dead “because the gun lobby has made it easy for dangerous people to get, carry, and use guns.”

The Brady Campaign is organizing to stop bills it’s calling the “George Zimmerman Armed Vigilante Act.” The Senate bills, similar to one which passed the House late last year, would allow dangerous people to carry guns anywhere in the US, even though those states’ concealed carry laws would make it highly unlikely that someone like Zimmerman would be granted a permit to carry a gun in public.

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Nico Smart4 years ago

The terms 'online poll' and 'credibility' are never to be used together in the same discussion, let alone the same sentence. You want to know what kind of background check is supported by the majority of Americans and those worldwide? Checking the background of your target before squeezing the trigger. That makes sense. Anything else is a feel-good but ineffective sham.

Aileen, try to ban guns and you will get a lot of dead law enforcement officers and politicians. It would not affect crime at all, except to increase it dramatically.

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Eugene Pack
Eugene Pack4 years ago

Wow David I couldnt agree with you more on most of your postings. But hey if government wont listen to the people and you think its time to take OUR back how do you propose doing that ?

Exactly what the Second Amenedment was and still is for. If you actually believe what you type then you my friend have an obligation to stand up and take back OUR government. I ask you how will you do that without the very guns you hate and would have me give up ? Oh wait I know we all sit here and complain on the internet that will wake those polititions up.

Your very own statements prove the point its not about guns. Its about a corrupt government and peoples loss of values. I went to school in the 60s and 70s and we had bullies, drugs, and guns in the home, yup even those nasty ones with bayo lugs and pistol grips oh I wonder how I made it through school without going on a shooting spree ? Oh wait I know I KNEW BETTER AND HAD RESPECT FOR OTHERS !

Continue to blame the gun as pressure cooker bombs explode in the street killers will kill no matter how many laws you pass. Yet good people would harm no one even if murder wasnt illegal.

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David King
David King5 years ago

When the Senate and Congress that we hire (and pay) refuses to do our bidding over that of the NRA... Then we have reached the bottom!

Until we have campaign finance reform...
WE WILL NEVER HAVE SANITY HAPPEN IN GOVERNMENT!

Especially for the big oil companies, The NRA, the American war machine companies, Wall Street, and many companies in the health industry. We continue to see legislation that makes no "common-sense" for the American people, our economy, our environment, our safety, our future, etc...
BUT not only does this legislation get drawn up by the hired lackeys (ALEC or the NRA) for these companies, BUT IT GETS PASSED (even in a Democratic controlled senate).

Democrats (I believe) are less likely to KILL the golden goose than Republicans, but they are still responsible for giving these companies more power, more money, more permission to destroy our Earth,and more permission to poison ALL it's inhabitants to make more profit.

This is a difficult problem to solve, BUT WE HAVE TO!

It really is about our survival, and not just about perpetuating the American way of life...

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David King
David King5 years ago

I hope this helps!!!

For too long, America has watched helplessly as the the Senate became the place where good bills go to die. The ridiculous, outdated, undemocratic filibuster means that majority rule is turned on its head, and the stubbornness of 41 senators is enough to block the hard work and good will of 59 others. And with the Republican minority using the filibuster at an unprecedented pace, work and progress ground to a halt. Harry Reid tried a "handshake agreement" deal with Senate Republicans earlier this term, and it has been a colossal failure. Harry Reid can change this rule, and he does not need 60 votes to do it. Republicans will howl and complain, but tough. It's time -- past time -- to restore basic democracy to the Senate. And besides, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that if the Republicans get back the majority, they won't hesitate to end it themselves. Send Harry Reid a message. Tell him to fix the filibuster.

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David King
David King5 years ago

part two:

I am more committed to this fight than ever, and I am never giving up. I know you won't either. Together, we will continue to support candidates who will stand up against the NRA and with America's children and families.

Click here to urge the 45 Senators -- 41 Republicans and four Democrats who voted against 90% of the American people last Wednesday -- to reconsider their vote and stand with the American people in support of commonsense gun violence prevention measures.

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