Bloomberg by the Numbers: 51

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Semi-automatic assault rifles are displayed for sale at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah.

That’s the percentage of Americans who say it’s more important to control gun ownership, compared with 45 percent who say it’s more important to protect gun rights, according to the Pew Research Center.

The share of people who said it’s more important to restrict gun ownership rose slightly from 49 percent last month and from 47 percent in July, according to the latest survey taken Jan. 9-13.

Eighty-five percent of respondents said they support background checks for private gun sales and sales at gun shows, while 80 percent support barring people with mental illnesses from purchasing guns. Fifty-five percent support a ban on so-called assault weapons.

Bloomberg News reporter Frank Bass has written more about the Pew survey here.

Vice President Joe Biden is leading an administration-wide task force to develop recommendation for curbing gun violence following shootings last month in Newtown, Connecticut. Biden is set to deliver recommendations to President Barack Obama today.

“We’re going to have to come up with answers that set politics aside,” Obama said at a White House news conference yesterday, as Bloomberg’s Lisa Lerer reports. “And that’s what I expect Congress to do.”


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