The gun-slaying of 12 people in Aurora, Colorado, has barely moved the needle on public opinion about gun control in America.
Forty-seven percent of those surveyed by the Pew Research Center say it is more important to control gun ownership, while 46 percent say it is is more important to protect the rights of Americans to own guns.
That is “virtually unchanged” from the 45 percent who put gun regulation over gun control in an April survey, when 49 percent sided with gun rights.
“Other recent major episodes of gun violence, such as the 2011 Tucson shooting (of former Representative Gabrielle Giffords) and the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, also had little effect on public opinion about gun laws,” writes Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center.
Two thirds of those surveyed say shootings like the midnight attack in a movie theater in Aurora are just the isolated acts of troubled individuals. Just one quarter of those surveyed say shootings like this reflect broader problems in American society.
The latest survey of 1,100 adults was conducted July 26-29. It has a 3.6 percent margin of error.