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Support for Stricter Gun Laws Surges After Newtown Shooting

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, along with others, has resulted in a real and significant change in popular opinion about gun laws. Support for stricter gun laws has increased dramatically since last year. From Gallup:


This appears to be the tipping point on this issue, with the politics around gun regulation now very different from what it was a few years ago.

What Americans mean by “stricter gun regulation” is still extremely modest by international standards, though. The poll found that 62 percent of Americans favor banning high-capacity ammunition clips and 51 percent back a ban on so-called “assault rifles,” but only 24 percent support banning handguns. In fact, support for allowing regular people to own handguns is at a record high.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at