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But even given time to consider his next steps, Trump’s response has only gotten worse.
That led to a plunge in Trump’s approval, along with a surge in support for gun control.
70 percent of Americans expressed overwhelming support for “stricter gun control laws.” That’s the highest percentage since 1993, and fifteen points higher than in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting.
And 57 percent said they would support a “ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of rifles capable of semiautomatic fire, such as the AR-15.” That goes much further than the assault weapons ban that Republicans allowed to expire in 2004.
Previous mass shooting have seen periods of intense activity that gave way to inaction. But this time appears to be different. Public interest in the subject remains steady, largely due to the movement led by the student survivors themselves.
Trump and the Republicans are standing with the NRA for now. But Trump’s cratering approval numbers prove just how out-of-touch that stance is with the nation.