[Ed. – This should be a no-brainer, but it does require repeating.]
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll showed–by more than a two-to-one margin–that Americans don’t blame lax gun laws for mass shootings, but our failure to address mental health issues. Yet, there’s still a significant proportion of Americans who want more gun control. When it comes to prioritizing passing new (unnecessary) gun laws or protecting our Second Amendment rights, the question splits the country virtually right down the middle:
The survey finds that 46 percent say new laws to reduce gun violence should be a bigger priority, while 47 percent say it’s more important to protect the right to own firearms. This marks a shift away from gun laws since April 2013, when Democrats’ push for increased background checks fell short in the aftermath of the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.; back then, a 52 percent majority said new laws should be a priority.
But while many have called for stricter gun laws in their wake, the Post-ABC poll finds far more point to problems treating people with mental health issues. By a more than 2-to-1 margin, more people say mass shootings reflect problems identifying and treating people with mental health problems rather than inadequate gun control laws (63 percent to 23 percent).