New Poll Shows Most Americans Don't Think Stricter Gun Laws Will Help

Monica Sanchez | February 22, 2018
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Americans aren’t convinced that stricter gun laws would make a real difference as Democrats and the media call for further gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead and several injured.

According to a new Rasmussen poll, only 39 percent of Americans think stricter gun laws would decrease violent crime. Another 39 percent say stricter gun laws would have no impact whatsoever.

Fifteen percent think further gun control would actually increase instances of violent crime.

Even more, a majority of Americans don’t trust the government to enforce those laws.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents say they do not trust the government to fairly enforce gun laws, while 24 percent say the opposite and 18 percent poll are undecided.

The poll's findings come after it was revealed that the Florida shooter obtained a firearm legally despite his mental health history and how the FBI missed several red flags about the suspect. 

President Trump this week met with teachers, parents and students as well as lawmakers to discuss improving school safety. Some of the solutions thus far include expanding background checks for firearms purchases with an emphasis on mental health, raising the minimum gun-buying age to 21, and ending the sale of bump stocks.

Trump has also suggested employing military veterans as armed guards at schools and giving teachers with military or special training experience concealed firearms to have in their classrooms in the case of an emergency. 

He said in a statement following the shooting in Parkland that he wants to take actions that actually make a difference, not “make us feel like we are making a difference.”

Even still, the President has been receiving criticism from Democrats and the media for not doing enough.

(Cover Photo: Pixabay / Brett Hondow)

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