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.
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.