Two polls that are bad news for those who support more gun control

Two polls that are bad news for those who support more gun control

Those hoping for a popular resurgence for gun control are having their ambitions smashed by two major opinion polls showing strong opposition to further restrictions and widespread support for concealed weapons.

A CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday shows 52% of Americans oppose more gun control laws compared with 46% who want the government to tighten regulations.

Opposition to gun control has grown since CNN’s last poll in June that showed the public was split with 49% on either side of the issue.

The support for gun rights has grown despite the Umpqua Community College shooting Oct. 1 that killed nine people. Twenty-six-year-old student Christopher Harper-Mercer massacred classmates and teachers. The incident provoked outrage and a volley of proposals for stricter gun laws, even though the firearms used in the killings were purchased legally.

In the aftermath of the shooting, President Barack Obama said:

Each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It cannot be this easy for someone who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun.

On Oct. 5, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the administration was considering whether the president can take executive action to enforce stronger gun control rules.

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton also threatened executive action to crack down on guns if she is elected president and if Congress fails to act.

But a tougher stance on guns may be an electoral liability for Clinton, with public opinion flowing so strongly in the opposite direction. Not only do most Americans oppose more restrictive laws; they also believe more concealed weapons will make the country safer.

A Gallup poll released Tuesday shows 56% of Americans believe that if more people carried concealed weapons after passing a criminal background check and training course, the U.S. would be a safer place.

Aside from gun owners and Republicans, young people between the ages of 18-29 are the most favorable toward concealed weapons, with 66% saying an increase will improve public safety.

This report, by Guy Bentley, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

LU Staff

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