The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting revived the debate over gun control, with even some gun lobby allies acknowledging that America needs to curtail the flow of assault weapons and ammunition.
A poll of 400 Internet users conducted by THELAW.TV shows that a broad and diverse swath of the country thinks our gun laws are too permissive and that something needs to be done to stem the violence.
THELAW.TV polled Americans about how far the likely gun restrictions should go, with some respondents wanting an outright gun ban and others just looking for tighter limits on assault weapons.
Among the respondents:
- 70.5 percent believe the country needs stronger gun control laws
- 61 percent believe the sale and possession of assault weapons should be banned
- 20.5 believe gun ownership should not be a right
"These numbers show that in the days after Sandy Hook, Americans seem to be coalescing around the belief that guns and ammunition are too easy to buy, stockpile, and possess," says attorney Brian Albert of legal information website THELAW.TV. "A larger percentage of Americans now appear to favor stricter gun control than was evident in polls on the same subject taken before last week's shooting."
Almost one-third of the respondents currently own a gun or live with someone who does -- 29.75 percent -- and slightly less than one-quarter of the respondents have at one time owned a gun -- 23.25 percent.
Politicians from President Barack Obama to Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA-D) to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have called for new gun control legislation. Some longtime gun advocates like Senator Joe Manchin (WV-D) are also joining the chorus of outrage following Sandy Hook.
THELAW.TV's survey was conducted using a demographically balanced internet-based survey of 400 American adults and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.9 percent.