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July 23, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), one of the few members of Congress willing to publicly discuss the politically unpopular issue of gun control, has done so again in the aftermath of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shootings. Congress convened Monday for the first time since the shootings in the Denver suburb, with the Senate holding a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the GOP leader, read aloud the names of the 12 people, including a 6-year-old girl, who were killed.
July 24, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON - Second Amendment rights to carry firearms are cherished by most gun owners, a new poll finds - no surprise there. But the same poll says a sizable majority of those same gun owners, even members of the National Rifle Assn., also strongly support some gun control measures. The poll, done for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, found that 76% of gun owners think people on the terrorist watch list should be barred from buying guns, and 68% were in favor of measures requiring gun owners to tell police if their guns are lost or stolen.
January 14, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A month after an elementary school massacre pushed gun control back onto the public agenda, some of the key proposals being discussed remain a sore point between Democrats and Republicans, though two ideas are backed by large, bipartisan majorities, according to a poll released Monday. About 85% of surveyed Americans favor background checks for private gun sales and transactions at gun shows, according to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. Four out of five Americans favor laws to prevent the mentally ill from buying weapons.
March 23, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Like a lot of people who follow the gun debate, I was surprised to learn earlier this year that for more than a decade, Congress has made it nearly impossible for our premier federal health research institutions to study gun violence. That became evident when President Obama announced his series of executive orders in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementaryschool in Newtown, Conn. In one of those orders, he directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other scientific agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services to “conduct or sponsor research into the causes of gun violence and the ways to prevent it.” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, he directed, “shall begin identifying the most pressing research questions with the greatest potential public health impact, and by assessing existing public health interventions being implemented across the Nation to prevent gun violence.” With more than 30,000 gun deaths a year, plus an additional 75,000 or so gun injuries, how is it possible the feds weren't already studying the phenomenon?
October 18, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Gun control was among the many issues President Obama and Mitt Romney addressed at Tuesday's debate in New York. Both candidates showed support for the 2nd Amendment -- though Reason's Jacob Sullum thought Obama's "acknowledgment of armed self-defense as a constitutional right" was "belated" and "halfhearted" -- but agreed that this country must curb its culture of gun violence. When I was in Chicago recently, a rather candid cab driver told me his son had been killed on Chicago's streets.
December 27, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Public support for stricter gun laws has leaped to its highest point in eight years with 58% now in favor, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll released Thursday. That's a 14-point jump from last year. Of those surveyed, 92% of Americans want background checks for buyers at gun shows and 62% want to ban magazines that carry more than 10 rounds, which have played a frequent role in mass shootings. But Americans still oppose a full ban on semi-automatic assault rifles 51% to 44%, and opposition to a full handgun ban is higher than it has ever been, at 74%. The poll was conducted with 1,038 respondents by phone over Dec. 19-22, with a 4% margin of error.
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