Gun Control Gains Post-Newtown

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The highest percentage of Americans in eight years support stronger gun laws, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll.

A USA Today/Gallup poll out today shows the highest percentage of Americans in eight years supporting stronger gun laws following the mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

The poll found 58 percent favoring making laws covering the sale of firearms stricter. That’s the highest level since 2004, when 60 percent said they favored stronger gun laws. Thirty-four percent called for weaker laws in the latest poll, the same level as in 2004.

Six educators and 20 first-grade children were killed Dec. 14 when Adam Lanza opened fire at a Newtown elementary school. The gunman’s mother also was found shot to death in her home.

The Gallup survey found 92 percent of respondents favoring background checks of all gun purchasers, including those at gun shows, and 62 percent supporting a ban on the sale and possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines.

By 51 percent to 44 percent, respondents opposed a ban on assault weapons.

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