Gallup: Americans Have Mixed Feelings About Guns
December 26, 2012 by Sam Rolley
A recent Gallup poll shows that Americans are more likely to favor an increased police presence at schools, increased government spending on mental health screening and treatment, and decreased depiction of gun violence in entertainment than assault weapons bans to prevent mass school shootings.
Fifty-three percent of respondents to a recent Gallup poll said that increasing police presence on school campuses would likely be the best option for preventing future school shootings. Similarly, 50 percent favored increased government spending on mental health services to help recognize individuals likely to carry out violent acts.
Banning the sale of assault weapons was considered the most viable option for avoiding mass shootings in the future and was favored by 42 percent of respondents. Party affiliation was an important indicator of how the respondents felt about such a ban. Sixty-one percent of Democrats favored the idea; only 26 percent of Republicans did. More favorable among Republicans (49 percent) was ensuring that at least one official on every American campus was armed with a firearm. Only 27 percent of Democrats thought arming teachers would be a good idea.
Just less than half of those polled (47 percent) indicated that violence in television, movies and video games attribute to violent outbursts and mass killings.