A number of recent polls conducted with the American people show that while a large number support expanded gun control measures, including background checks for all gun sales, they also show that such measures are not likely to have any bearing on reducing the number of mass shootings.
According to an October poll, 86% of those who answered said they supported “a law which would require universal background checks for all gun purchases in the U.S. using a centralized database across all 50 states.”
However, of those participating in the October poll, less than a quarter – only 19% – admitted they felt like such measures would reduce the number of mass shootings “a great deal.” Just over a quarter – 28% – indicated universal background checks on all gun sales would affect the number of mass shootings a “moderate amount,” while the majority – 31% – agreed that expanded background checks would do nothing to reduce the number of mass shootings in the country.
[ Gallup ]
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