Americans Say Government, Not Guns, are to Blame for Florida School Shooting

Monica Sanchez | February 27, 2018
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Most Americans think the government, not guns, are to blame for the Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead and several seriously injured.

A new Rasmussen poll finds that 54 percent of Americans blame the government for failing to respond to several warning signs about the shooter, after it was reported that the FBI was notified of his disturbing behavior online and failed to act on a tip that there was the potential of a school shooting.

Even more, “Among Americans who have children of elementary or secondary school age, 61% think the government is more to blame,” Rasmussen reports. “Just 23% of these adults fault a lack of adequate gun control more.”

A recent Rasmussen poll also found that most Americans don't think stricter gun control laws would help decrease such violent incidents. 

The survey of 1,000 American adults was conducted Feb. 25-26 and has a margin sampling error of 3 percentage points.

(Cover Photo: Flickr / Fabrice Florin)

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