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