April 15, 2022

Survey: Majority of US Voters Don't Believe Gun Control Works

  • Flyover Country

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 
On Thursday, Rasmussen Reports released recent survey results showing that more than 50% of likely US voters don’t believe that gun control would help prevent mass shootings. The findings have deviated very little from a similar study done in March of 2021. And nearly 60% think it is not possible to completely prevent mass shootings altogether. Two recent shootings have occurred in 2 of the top three states rated for gun law strength.

The Background: 
On April 12th in New York, shots began to ring out inside of a Manhattan-bound subway train. When the smoke cleared, no one was dead but 10 were injured with gunshot wounds mainly to the legs and hands and 19 others were injured in the ensuing chaos.

The alleged shooter, a man from Philadelphia, brought weapons into New York in a passenger van. After the shooting, the suspected shooter was seen casually walking around Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood where he was eventually arrested.

Despite this recent attack, a majority of Americans don’t believe that stricter gun control would stop mass shootings like the one in New York. A Rasmussen Reports poll showed that 51% of likely voters believe that. 

Even more interesting, 59% don’t believe it is possible to completely prevent mass shootings. 

Answers largely fell on party lines with 65% of Democrats saying the US needs stricter gun control, while only 23% of Republicans agreed. And 61% of Democrats think that gun control would have prevented an attack like the one in New York’s subway system.

This new report comes as President Joe Biden’s administration is making rule changes that will restrict gun rights even further.

Notable Quotes: 

“51% of Likely U.S. Voters don’t think stricter gun control laws would help prevent shootings like the one Tuesday that left 29 people injured in Brooklyn. Thirty-eight percent (38%) think stricter gun control laws would help prevent mass shootings, while another 11% are not sure.” - Rasmussen Reports
 

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