Majority of Americans Oppose Ban on Assault Weapons

Here’s the lede from Politico.com:

A slight majority of Americans do not want assault weapons banned in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting, though a clear majority said they support stricter gun laws in general, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll out Wednesday.

Specifically on an assault weapons ban, 51 percent of respondents were against the measure, while 44 percent said they support it, the poll said. That remains largely unchanged from an October 2011 poll that had 43 percent for and 51 percent against a ban.

Read the rest here. Read USA Today‘s coverage of the poll here.

3 Responses to Majority of Americans Oppose Ban on Assault Weapons

  1. Andrew Orlovsky December 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    The term “assault weapon” is a joke. Fully automatic weapons have been illegal for years. The “assault weapon” ban is merely a ban a weapons that “look scary” but are no more dangerous than hunting rifles.

  2. Joshua Wooden December 31, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    “The ‘assault weapon’ ban is merely a ban a weapons that ‘look scary’ but are no more dangerous than hunting rifles.”

    That’s actually not true. Assault rifles are engineered to inflict the most damage in less time, and they don’t have to be fully automatic to fit into that category. A semi-automatic assault rifle with an extended clip DOES, in fact, do more damage in less time than a bolt action hunting rifle. I have explained that in detail here: http://joshuawooden.blogspot.com/2012/12/guns-dont-kill-people-people-kill-people.html

  3. Joshua Wooden December 31, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    As for the poll, I suppose it depends on the poll, because the study that I read showed a majority of Americans are for banning semi-automatic rifles as well as extended clips. But Politico’s a good site, so maybe the folks at CNN had it wrong.

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