The horrific massacre of 26 people, including 20 children between the ages of 6 and 8 years old have apparently changed the mind of many Americans when it comes to stricter gun laws. The weapon that was used by Adam Lanza was a semi-auto assault rifle, and the clips held quite a bit of ammo. Now, as Democrats introduce a new ban on these types of firearms, a new gun control poll may show that Americans are finally coming around.
While there are many people out there that claim that stricter gun control laws will actually contribute to the problem rather than solve it, it is a most ridiculous stance to take, particularly since the ban is regarding assault weapons. While there may be some truth to the fact that an armed citizen could possibly stop a crazed gunman before tragedy happens, a ban on assault rifles simply wouldn't make any difference on that issue at all. The real reason that opponents oppose the ban is that they simply want to buy and own any type of gun that they want, even if it gives people like Adam Lanza access to those weapons too.
The poll was conducted by YouGov and Huffington Post, and showed that more than half of all Americans (51%) believe that gun controls should be stricter, and when it came to HuffPost readers, that percentage was 84 percent. Those that said that gun laws should remain the same totaled only 28 percent at the time of this writing, and 14% somehow thought that gun controls should be less strict than they are now.
Last time this poll was conducted was in August, and only 44 percent of Americans supported making gun laws stricter, while 47 percent wanted gun laws to remain the same or be less strict. Apparently, all the tragedies in the past couple of years have made some people reevaluate their stance in this gun control poll and decide that they would rather give up the freedom of owning a weapon that is wholly unnecessary for anything except use in a war zone in favor of a few lives saved. That's a good choice.
Photo: YouGov/Huffington Post
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