Personal Liberty Digest™ will be upgraded this weekend to reflect a dynamic new look and mobile-friendly viewing to enhance your experience! Plus, we'll be providing even more of the compelling content you've come to expect, delivered in a whole new way!

  Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty
 

One In Four Americans Say Stricter Gun Laws Can Prevent Mass Shootings

January 26, 2011 by  

One in four Americans say stricter gun laws can prevent mass shootingsA new Gallup poll reveals that nearly one quarter of Americans believe that stricter gun laws could prevent mass shootings in the United States.

The survey, which was conducted after the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz., asked people to name the most important steps that could be taken in order to thwart similar tragedies in the future. Tougher gun control laws received 24 percent of the vote, while better mental health screening and support followed with 15 percent. A total of 8 percent said that there should be more extensive background checks for individuals who purchase firearms.

These results somewhat contradict a Jan. 11 USA Today/Gallup poll in which about 70 percent of respondents said that stricter gun laws would not have prevented the tragedy. Furthermore, a 2007 poll following the Virginia Tech shooting also revealed that a majority of Americans said that tougher firearm regulations would not have prevented the massacre.

A recent bipartisan poll shows that about 81 percent of gun owners support a requirement that all gun buyers pass a background check. The survey, which was conducted jointly by Democratic firm Momentum Analysis and Republican-backed American Viewpoint, also reveals that 90 percent of gun owners said that there should be an improvement in government databases that are designed to prevent potentially dangerous persons from buying weapons. 

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to yousoundoff@personalliberty.com by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “One In Four Americans Say Stricter Gun Laws Can Prevent Mass Shootings”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at newstips@personalliberty.com

Bottom
close[X]

Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to PersonalLiberty.com,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.