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Broad support, but less hope for tighter U.S. gun laws -Reuters/Ipsos -Breaking


© Reuters. The scene of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde (Texas), U.S.A, May 25, 2022. REUTERS/Nuri Vallbona

WASHINGTON (Reuters] – The vast majority of Americans are in favor of stronger gun laws, but they have less confidence that the legislature will act after a series of mass shootings. This is according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

This poll was taken of 940 Americans one day after 19 Texas students were killed and 2 teachers died. It also took place less than two weeks following the murder of 10 Black people by an avowed white supremacist at a Buffalo supermarket, New York.

Respondents surveyed by 84% said that background checks should be conducted on firearm sales. However, 70% of those questioned said that they support “red flag laws” which allow the authorities to take guns away from individuals who are a risk to public safety.

A majority of respondents also supported raising the minimum age for purchasing a firearm from 18 to 21.

These policies were supported by large majorities of Republicans as well as Democrats and reflect previous findings.

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However, most Americans don’t believe Congress will take action. While 35% of Americans are confident that the U.S. will strengthen guns laws, 49% say they don’t believe so.

After similar mass murders in the last decade, U.S. legislators have failed repeatedly to tighten gun laws.