A bipartisan majority of voters strongly support tougher gun legislation, a Fox News national poll found in the wake of a series of mass shootings that shook the country.
Voters overwhelmingly support the need for background checks to buy guns, with 88% of respondents saying they support them. Overall, 84% say they want to improve existing gun laws. According to the poll.
A further 82% of voters said they were in favor of raising the age of purchase of assault weapons from 18 to 21 years and 78% in favor of raising the age for any gun to 21 years.
Eight out of 10 voters (81%) support the passage of “red flag” laws that allow law enforcement agencies to snatch guns from people who pose a threat to themselves or others, and 78 % Support mental health screening.
More than three-quarters of voters (77%) support a 30-day waiting period for all gun purchases, and 70% favor a ban on large quantities of ammunition clips.
The survey found 63% support for a complete ban on offensive weapons.
Although still in the majority, only 56% of voters said they believe stricter gun laws would reduce the number of shootings in the United States, while 39% did not.
According to the poll, the only proposals that do not have the support of the majority are allowing teachers to carry guns in schools (48%) and encouraging more citizens to carry weapons (45%).
Compared to this poll conducted in 2019, support for gun control has increased significantly in several populations: Hispanic (+37% points), Democrats (+33), Women (+26), Men (+25), Gun families (+24), black voters (+23), and Republicans (+20).
Six out of 10 voters and 86 percent of Democrats said it was more important to protect citizens from guns, while only 4 out of 10 and Republicans, 65 percent, said they were more concerned about their Second Amendment rights.
Gun families are divided on this issue: 47% gun rights vs. 48% protection of citizens.
According to Fox, the poll took place between June 10 and 13, when 10 people were killed in a hate shooting about a month after the massacre of 19 fourth-grade students and two teachers at an elementary school in Yold, Texas. Blacks were killed. Supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Both shooters were 18 years old and used legally purchased AR-15 assault rifles to kill.
When voters were asked why they thought the United States had such a large-scale shooting when other countries do not, 36% cited a lack of gun laws as the reason for the large-scale firing, 15% said. That this is a mental health problem, 5% blamed lack of parents. Guidance and 5 others cited the availability of assault-style weapons. No other reason is above 5%.
Democrats (48%) are almost twice as likely as Republicans (25%) to say that gun laws are the main problem, while Republicans are between the absence of mental health treatment (21%) and gun laws. Are distributed.
On Sunday, a bipartisan group of senators reached an agreement on a framework for gun safety measures that would include red flag laws, background checks and funding to keep schools safe – but some rifles. Purchase age will not be increased to 21.
A group of 20 senators said in a statement, “Families are scared, and it is our duty to come together and do something to help restore a sense of security and safety in their communities.”
The bipartisan group includes 10 Republican senators, who will allow the agreement to overcome the 60-vote threshold in the 50-50 split chamber required for legislation.
In response to the announcement of the agreement over the weekend, the NRA issued a statement regarding the tweets, vowing to fight legislation.
“The NRA will continue to oppose any attempt to incorporate gun control policies, measures that protect the protection of their / loved ones in this or any other law from the provisions of the Constitution and the protection of law abiding citizens. Undermines efforts to deprive people of their basic rights. ” One of the tweets said.