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Monday, March 25, 2019

Poll: Majority Oppose Reinstating Assault Weapons Ban

Poll: Majority Oppose Reinstating Assault Weapons Ban

According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll, support for gun control has grown since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting — but a majority of Americans still oppose reinstating the federal assault weapons ban.

The poll finds that 58 percent of Americans say they favor stricter gun laws, significantly up from 43 percent in October of 2011. Similarly, 47 percent now favor passing new legislation over merely enforcing existing laws, up from 35 percent in 2011.

Many of the reforms that gun control advocates most frequently propose poll very well — 92 percent support requiring background checks to buy weapons at gun shows, and 62 percent favor a ban on high-capacity magazines that can carry up to 30 bullets.

Voters are still skeptical of reinstating the federal assault weapons ban, however. The poll finds that only 44 percent favor the law, while 51 percent oppose it; those numbers are nearly unchanged from last year, when 43 percent supported the law and 53 percet opposed it.

California senator Dianne Feinstein has vowed to introduce a bill “to stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices” in January, and President Barack Obama has repeatedly signaled his support for such a ban. As this poll shows however, despite the positive gains by the gun control movement in the wake of the Newtown shooting, securing its passage will be a difficult uphill battle.

“That’s an example of where the gun lobby’s narrative has taken root and needs to be overcome,” Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence president Dan Gross told USA Today. “If the poll is accurate, it shows we have a little work to do on that one.”

The poll suggests one other challenge to reinstating the assault weapons ban: the enduring popularity of the National Rifle Association. Despite CEO Wayne LaPierre’s widely panned response to the Newtown shooting, 54 percent of voters still have a favorable opinion of the NRA, compared to just 38 percent who view it unfavorably.

Do you support reinstating assault weapons ban? Let us know by taking our poll!

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107 responses to “Poll: Majority Oppose Reinstating Assault Weapons Ban”

  1. bpai99 says:

    Don’t mess with the NRA. It is too powerful to be defeated.

    • Fred Helstone says:

      America is really a totally SICK COUNTRY. Folk are fully addicted to (the possession of) deadly, military style weaponry. Yesterday evening I could not believe my eyes and ears noticing the booming trafficking of bushmasters for X-mas. Infant Jesus with a damned rifle. Great, eh? Yeah, the US of A the most civilized and compassionate country of ’em all…..

    • TZToronto says:

      That’s why it has to be disbanded. There is no place in the USA for an organization that promotes the possession of weapons whose sole purpose is to kill a large number of people at one time. These things are not toys, and they are not very good for self defense. If someone breaks into your home, you’ll probably be physically attacked before you can get your assault weapon ready to go (if you store it responsibly). And even if you do manage to load it and use it, you’re as likely to harm a family member as the person who broke into your home. (Bullets do go through walls.) On the other hand, they are great offensive weapons if you plan on going out and killing a bunch of people.

      • idamag says:

        TZT, and they have spent quite a lot of money keeping people scared so they can sell them more guns.

      • neeceoooo says:

        I have always thought that as well. If you protect yourself with a weapon in your home, that weapon is most likely going to be used against you.

      • Michael Kollmorgen says:


        The government used laws to disband the KKK, anti-racketeering, gross harassment charges were levied against the organization. Because of their political stance on discrimination and such, one person won a huge lawsuit against them and they went broke as a result of it.

        I’m not sure how they could do it. But, I assume the government could use the same tactic with the NRA if they really wanted to.

        This country just doesn’t have the Political Will to go after the NRA yet. Maybe a few more school, or nutcases shooting people will do it.

        This country is at a Tipping Point though.

    • grammyjill says:

      bullshit! that’s what they said about the koch brothers too.

  2. the bush master is just an slr with a military styling unless you are going to ban all self reloading rifles including all hunting stock whats the point. Banning big assed magazines and clips is probably as far as they will go

  3. The truth is that most Americans love their guns, and many support the NRA and the arms industry. The best we can hope for is a ban on assault rifles and high capacity magazines. I doubt semi-automatic weapons will be banned. Most importantly, I don’t expect the “ban” if there is one, will be more effective than the Brady Act.
    We will continue to have tragedies like the one in Rochester where two firefighters were killed and two others, plus an off duty police officer, were injured. There will be more Sandy Hook, Virginia Techs, Sikh Temples, Aurora’s, Tucsons and all the tragedies were have experienced since we became a Republic, not because there is no way to limit the probability of other such tragedies, but because our fears and prejudices are so strong that we cannot conceive not having access to our beloved guns. We will continue to mourn when new tragedies occur, we will build makeshift altars with teddy bears, photos and candles, we will pray and cry, and we will continue to insist that the way forward is for all of us to own a gun so that we can take the law into our own hands. We don’t need improved mental health, we need more mental institutions with mandatory internments!

    • chisolm says:

      Guns don’t suffer from mental problems but those that use guns for the tragic events you mention certainlly do. You are correct in calling for more mandatory internment.

    • jointerjohn says:

      Correct again Mr. Vila. I think it is also overdue that we as a people get serious concerning what is happening with our young males. The disproportionate number of these tragedies being perpetrated by males under age thirty warrants some serious examination. Twenty years ago I carried a badge and the jailers in my portion of the state began telling me that the older men in the jails were begging not to be placed in cells with the young men. They feared them. That was not the case until the 1990s. I don’t think it is any accident that women are not committing these acts. Lets get to the bottom of the behavioral or coping-skill deficits of our young men.

      • I agree. Something is happening to our young that ought to concern everyone. We see it in almost every social issue we look at. Gun violence is the most obvious. The high rate of incarceration as a result of drug consumption, sales, and violent behavior is another. The unacceptable high school dropout rate. The fact that the USA now ranks 36th and 38th in match and science in the world. These are not trivial matters. Our young are our future, if they fail our country fails.
        I suspect the disintegration of the traditional family, high divorce rate, the fact that family members barely talk to each other, that more often than not both parents have to work to make ends meet or to achieve material success, violent movies and video games, drugs and a culture of violence are destroying our society.
        As usual, we blame everyone else for our failings. We blame the government, law enforcement, teachers, and everyone else except for ourselves, the only ones that have real control over our children and the best suited to influence their behavior.

      • neeceoooo says:

        Good point!

      • Michael Kollmorgen says:

        This is a “historical fact” in prisons.

        Older long-term, lifer inmates don’t like being in the same environment with younger short-term inmates or ones with definite sentence times.

        They usually cause too much trouble.

        The older guys just want to do their time and be left alone.

        NO, they didn’t fear them. The older guys just didn’t like the idea of having to kill the younger troublemaker eventually if they weren’t left alone. The older guys didn’t take crap off anyone and certainly some young punk trying to get a reputation.

        But, this is a reflection of our society where “youth” is more important than age or wisdom. IF you’re too young or too old, you’re basically useless to society. In either extreme, most people consider you either a hindrance or a drain on society.

        This is one of these situations where only in America is this true.

        • jointerjohn says:

          You are so on point! We as a culture celebrate youth, beauty, and celebrity instead of sage, age and wisdom. We acknowledge boobs over brilliance, sport prowess over critical thinking, and pop phenom over intelligence.

    • idamag says:

      Yes, Dominick, they used to lock people up who were a danger to themselves and society.

    • sigrid28 says:

      When I lived in France for five years, the more I was able to assimilate into that culture, as sort of a savvy tourist, the more I learned about the U.S. A book by an American living in France, which I read to help with this difficult learning curve, pointed out one characteristic that sets Americans apart immediately from French people. Americans smile a lot, apologize all the time, or thank people more than they should. French people smile only at their close friends or dear relatives, children, and pets. For example, a photo of former French President Mitterand smiling was not identified by a majority of French people responding to one survey.

      Why all these American smiles? After reflection, my explanation to frowning French friends was that the population of the U.S. is at least five times that of France and is spread over half a continent. France now has a far-right anti-Semitic party that opposes immigration, but it is still a homogeneous country compared to the U.S. In a nation of immigrants, where social customs have not been ingrained for more than a millennium as they have in France, your smile is a form of protection, assuring a stranger that he or she has nothing to fear from you, as you cross paths on the sidewalk or sit down across the aisle on the train. Second, the French think nothing of excluding those who are not French, and do so with complete impunity, much to the dismay of many Americans.

      In a nation of immigrants, fear of the other–xenophobia–is an unavoidable product of strangers living in relatively close proximity, who in many ways must get along or leave altogether. Perhaps that fear is behind our smiles, our please-and-thank-yous, our frequent apologies–and the way we cling to our guns.

      • Michael Kollmorgen says:

        Also, if you know French History, the French Revolution was caused by the very same problems we have here, a Minority, the Elite, controlling the social agenda. Here, its our Rich and Corporations and Politicians who cooperate with them. Over there, it was the royalty and extremely wealth who finally saw the Guillotine.

        Here, we don’t have any laws to send “them” to the Guillotine, not yet anyway.

        • sigrid28 says:

          We have the Southern Povery Law Center, homeland security, and law enforcement keep track of the worst offenders and would-be offenders on the far right, not to mention the Anti-defamation League, the American Civil Liberties Union, and other groups protecting our liberties via the courts. Our strongest defense comes from deep within our fine people when our government finds a way to tap into their tolerance and hopefulness. We are protected by the immigrant tradition itself, with its reverence for education and opportunity.

    • onedonewong says:

      Your right its time to up the penalityu on guns be using in a crime to 10 years and not allow the charged to be waived under any circunatsnces.
      then the nut houses need to be reopened to start puttig the loonies away.
      Anyone who is being treated for any mental problem and is on any drugs must be entered into the federal data base by doctors and prevented from buying owning or having a gun in the household

  4. old_blu says:

    We don’t need high capacity clips. Period!!!

    I also would like to be able to track every gun that is used in a crime back to the original owner, I realize they are going to grind numbers off them, but if they are there whom ever sold that gun without a background check should be in trouble. I want to know if it was stolen or sold. (either way someone was irresponsible)

    The guy that killed those kids got his hands on some unsecure weapons. (there are more people at fault than just the perp)

    The guy that killed those firemen in NY was a felon. How did he get those weapons? (that’s what we should be able to find out)

    Just my opinion not a sermon.

    • neeceoooo says:

      It does make you kind of wonder where we are as a country and where we are headed.

      We can track a vehicle through years and years of transfers but we can not track firearms.

      • onedonewong says:

        We alos need to track what doctors perfomed abortions how many they do and how much $$ they make

        • neeceoooo says:

          When did we start talking about abortions?

          • onedonewong says:

            You were whining about gun control when abortions cause more deaths in 1 years that all the shootings in this countries history. If the murder of innocents is important to you then man up and take on the largest mass killings

          • neeceoooo says:

            and what about wars, are you going to defend them

          • onedonewong says:

            Absolutely I defend the wars that this country conducts

          • Michael Kollmorgen says:

            Try to defend this:

            The Sinking of the Battleship Maine that started the Spanish American War was done by Americans to justify declaring war on Spain.

            How do you defend TR’s policy of Gun Boat Diplomacy in Central America?

            Japan invaded Pearl Harbor because America Pushed Japan to do it, and/or FDR knew of a pending attack but did nothing.

            America helped China become Communist by turning our backs on Shain Kai chek in favor of Mao which overthrew China’s government during WW2.

            How do you defend America entering WW2 in Europe when it was Churchill who instigated the entire affair by allowing our ships to be sunk by German U-Boats.

            Did we need to go into Viet Nam?

            Did we need to go into Iraq?

            Did we need to go into Afganestan?

            In many ways, these were/are American Atrocities.

          • neeceoooo says:

            very good Michael, I don’t believe he can defend it.

          • onedonewong says:

            Well lets see:
            The Maine was sunk by an external explosion a mine
            TR gun boat diplomacy that resulted in the Panama canal built?? How can you attack it?
            japan opted to start a war their reasons were their own
            The conflict between Mao and Chiang kai-shek unfortunately was a civil war and no amount of american aid would have made a difference.
            The US entered the WW2 against Germany because more than once 1 of our ships were sunk. Just like thousands of British and Russian ships.
            Vietnam was a war to stop communism
            Iraq invade Kuwait who we had a treaty with. The 2nd invasion was to prove a point that Saddam’s thumbing his nose at us needed to stop.
            Afghanistan was the home of Osama who devised 9/11 pretty much explains itself
            Historically none of these were atrocities. These confrontations was just good VS evil

          • Michael Kollmorgen says:

            You’r wrong on just about every count.

            But, we figured you would be anyway.

          • grammyjill says:

            Maybe you should man up, oh sorry forgot you’re not capeable. Anyway, check your facts. Abortion rates have gone down 75% in the past couple years. You want to know why? Another thing you hate, Planned Parenthood! They help poor women get contriceptives, so no abortion. I know you would want every unwanted baby to be born to be beaten to death or left in a dumpster, but some of us are happy that birth control stops that from happening.

          • neeceoooo says:

            Very good pointm grammy

          • onedonewong says:

            If we want to track guns and where they are it makes a whole lot more sense to go after the real murders the 1,000,000 babies killed every year in this country. That’s this countries most important problem when it comes to murders

        • BDC_57 says:

          Where does it say anything about abortions?

          • onedonewong says:

            the purpose of the article was to discuss gun deaths, so if that’s an issue then we should be going after the larger problem abortions

          • old_blu says:

            You shouild read the article it’s not about gun deaths, it’s about reinstating a ban.

        • old_blu says:

          Ah! Now I get it it must be the abortions that create the high output guns to go off. (way to bring up your own agenda) I’ll tell you just like I would anyone else. If you don’t believe in abortion don’t have one.

        • BDC_57 says:

          So your saying that these babies are to be born so a gun toting nut can kill them later.

        • Bunny says:

          We also need to track down Mother Nature. Zygotes are frequently expelled from a women’s body, and she is none the wiser.

        • Why don’t we barcode and microchip babies so that we can track your every move. Just where I want to live, in a totalitarian state.

    • sounds like a ranting sermon to me.

  5. docb says:

    I find these results puzzling to say the least..In my State we are moving toward more control and our State Rep is introducing legislation to ban multi-round magazines! But then again in 2012, we found that certain polls were decidedly skewed…

    Can not imagine anyone seeing the need for 100 round clips or War weapons..There is NO SPORT..there!

    • alumahead says:

      It’s not about sport it’s about right winged propaganda that leads to paranoia and the belief that the government is out to get you.

    • onedonewong says:

      I assume that your state isn’t one of the 50. The 2nd amendment applies to ALLLLL states

      • grammyjill says:

        In many states there have been very successful buy back programs lately. In just the past three weeks over 8 thousand guns have been removed from the streets. Me thinks not many agree with you.

        • docb says:

          Yes, grammy , just look to LaCa..they even got rocket launchers turned in! Every little bit helps…

          In the Heller v DC SCOTUS scalia opinion he spoke to the weapons’ IN COMMON USE’ which does not mean weapons of WAR and multi-round magazines but handguns! The scared little LaPEPE nuts want to ignore that part of the opinion!

          • grammyjill says:

            The real gun nuts think they have the right to have any weapon their little heart desires. I’ve told a few that when the second amendment was written, it meant they could keep their musket. Since that was all they had then. So, I think that amendment needs to be rewritten and updated. Something with common sence in it! My husband was amazed at how mant guns were turned in, in Camdon, NJ. They had quite a mountain of guns. But so far, LA has had the biggest haul. Wish we could get through to the gun nuts that if there isn’t a gun, no one can get shot by one.

          • docb says:

            The Majority scalia opinion in Heller v. DC spoke to weapons ‘IN COMMON USE’…Those are not War Weapons and multi-round clips but hand guns and hunting rifles.

            Even the majority of NRA membership want the sales and background checks tightened…It is the lobbyists and gun manufacturers that are pushing out the crazy talk !

  6. WASHINGTON-In a recent NewsBleak Magazine Poll of crazies, nutcases & mental defectives the verdict was overwelmingly against reinstatement of an assault weapons ban.

  7. Ed says:

    ONLY FOOLS DON’T KNOW MONEY RULES! And the repubs and tea party make sure that the ATF is ineffective.

    • onedonewong says:

      Yea they did a wonderful job at waco, how many children were killed there???

      • TZToronto says:

        I’m sure the assault weapons made tiny dents in that tank that knocked down the walls of the compound. . . . That was nothing compared to what the ATF could have done.

      • Michael Kollmorgen says:

        Waco, Ruby Ridge were all cases where a group of anti-government, assault-weapon grabbing nutcases were holed up in strict defiance of the law.

        David in Waco even had 50 Cal Machine Guns, Explosives as well.

        The Children that died in Waco was the direct fault of David, not the government. David would not leave the children leave the besieged compound.

        The government said throughout the entire affair to David to let these children leave the compound.

        Yes, the government may have gone overboard using that Tank. But, with the threat of possible more powerful weapons he had, the government really had no choice but to use it.

        I kept very close track of what went on those weeks.

        • onedonewong says:

          Koresh was harmless. He bothered NO ONE. The premise for the ATF and DEA to invade their compound was to SAVE the children per janet reno. And the result of her actions everyone was MURDERED. Possibly more powerful weapons yep gas and matches
          Ruby Ridge was a IRS ATF set up over the length of a shot gun. An innocent women and baby were murdered.
          The end result of these horrible govt actions was the truck bombing in Oklahoma City

          • Michael Kollmorgen says:

            IN your opinion Koresh was harmless? That would mean Jeff Warrens is innocent of any child molestation charges too.

            Why do you think David wouldn’t allow those kids to come out? Simple answer, David didn’t want the public to know what he was doing with them.

            And, he was using these kids as Human Shields, thinking the government wasn’t going to attack.

            OH, and lest not forget, the Mormon Church marries off young girls to old men in secret.

            I am beginning to believe you’d support legalizing child sex, as long as its done in a Cult or Church.

            I suppose you could even justify the Bombing in Oklahoma City too. There were children in that building as well.

          • onedonewong says:

            There is ZERO evidence that anything illegal was happening there. Just media and Janet Reno’s vivid hallucinations. Using them for human shields?? Who created the environment that lead to that?? Surely your not saying that Koresh had surround his own farm and holding everyone hostage are you. You really have a hard time understaning cause and effect. Warren Jeffs wasn’t in Waco..

            Mormons marry off young girls?? If you mean that a girl can marry at 16 I guess you right as opposed to blacks having children when they are 10, or Mohamed who’s 1st wife was 5.
            Once the federal govt decides to wage war on its citizenry who have broken no laws than the federal govt is a legitimate target for those oppressed
            Lets remember that no fed was placed on trial for any of those crimes and that in the dark of night they received promotions and awards

          • Michael Kollmorgen says:

            I”m not going to try and explain Waco or the Mormons with the limited space I have now.

            You would defend anything as long as it anti-government, or better yet, anti-Obama, better yet, Anti-Civilization.

            You don’t want Law and Order. You like Chaos. All of your opinions, in all these threads points to a person, that if it wasn’t your brand of law and order, it don’t matter and you reject it.

            In SHORT, you’re talking out of your ass.

            Honestly, why do you even live in this country?

  8. lana ward says:

    There is a petition on the WH petition site to have gun free zones for Omuslim and his family. Thought you would like to sign it, alot of people have

  9. Greg Ryan says:

    gallup poll=worthless poll…need some other organizations polling info on this subject.

  10. old_blu says:

    Exactly neece, and good morning to you my friend

  11. Narby1 says:

    Gallup polls are among the most innacurate.

  12. BDC_57 says:

    We live in a country that they are scared of their own shadows. There his no reason to have
    assault rifles or high capacity clips. But N.R.A. will try to get them to stay in because they
    the goverment is going to take all weapons from them. They sound like a bunch of scare chicken.

    • onedonewong says:

      Not chicken our founders knew tat gun ownership was a fundamental right that would protect all the other rights. You may have faith in the govt but I sure as heck don’t

      • neeceoooo says:

        Then why don’t you pack it up and move to Pakistan, they will welcome you with open arms. Our founding fathers did not intend for us to obtain assault firearms that will kill 26 children in the span of minutes.

      • TZToronto says:

        And the government has done what to you to make you feel that way?

  13. DoctorFaustroll says:

    Who said Americans had the sense God gave cheese grits? This nation of miserable fucks (NOMF) is nothing if not number one in dumb.

  14. Sand_Cat says:

    Yeah, let’s really sock it to those crazy bastards using single-shot derringers to commit mass murders! Stricter gun laws! The customer has to say “please” when he buys that gun at the show with no background check! Close every loophole – except the one that matters.
    And the American people wonder why our government, lives, environment, and everything else is turning to crap!

  15. FredAppell says:

    Has anyone even considered the fact that the last time most men were carrying firearms was the Old West where the reach of the government was limited and law enforcement consisted of 2 or 3 men (sometimes former outlaws) trying to keep order in huge mostly untamed land areas. Not to mention there wasn’t really a major emphasis on education at the time. Seems to me that history is repeating itself.

    • Michael Kollmorgen says:

      The United States is still Trapped in that Old West Mentality.

      And, if groups like the NRA had their way, they’d bring us right back to those days.

      There is no way we can solve all our our problems with guns and shootouts in the streets. Some like to think we can.

  16. Joe Steel says:

    “That’s an example of where the gun lobby’s narrative has taken root and needs to be overcome,” Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence president Dan Gross told USA Today. “If the poll is accurate, it shows we have a little work to do on that one.”

    This is the key to moving forward gun control. The NRA has convinced Americans guns not only are harmless but also that they are a necessary part of American life. Unless gun control supporters change Americans’ minds no change will be possible.

  17. Plznnn says:

    Why doesn’t the Left complain of all the murders & rapes caused by Illegal “immigrants”? They always want to give Amnesty without ever securing our borders or passing E-verify to keep Illegals from taking our jobs, health care, and using our schools.

  18. Mike Dee says:

    you have to be kidding….there is no reason for assault weapons in the hands of US citizens,,,,for hunting…are you crazy…oh if the animal is wounded then you have to follow it and kill it, that is what hunting is all about

    We could confiscate all the weapons and when our government gets out of control we will surely find another government to supply us with weapons to take them down just like the arab spring and the taliban has done in their countries and the weapons will be free

  19. Paul H says:

    Many don’t understand the true intent of the 2nd Amendment. It’s not about hunting or sport shooting. It’s about freedom. It’s part of the checks and balances that keeps our government a government of the people. It keeps power hungry zealots from using our military to gain absolute power. Remember Adolf Hitler? He was elected by the people. He then used strict gun control as a weapon to become a dictator. Once Chairman Mao imposed gun bans in China, he proceeded to use the military to murder 56 million of his own people.

  20. Shooter2012 says:

    Look on the bright side. Gun sales are up. At least something is stimulating the economy.

    • Michael Kollmorgen says:

      Welp, this sort of goes along with our Military Complex. If were were to cut back our military spending significantly, draw down our standing army and navy, our economy would probably collapse.

      This country can not survive as a Peace-Orientated Economy. It never did and I doubt it ever will.

  21. DoctorFaustroll says:

    Guns don’t only kill people. They kill cosmic intelligence. People with guns have smaller penises and lower sperm counts than people who fuck for fun. Join the nation of joyous assholes (NOJA) and piss on the nation of miserable fucks (NOMF).

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