Most people would think that, in the wake of the recent Las Vegas mass shooting, America would be drastically shifting its views on guns and the regulations surrounding them.
After all, the shooter responsible was seemingly of sound mind while he was firing. He had also successfully gone through background checks to own the firearms he was using.
You would think that this would be a wakeup call for the entire country to make some serious changes in how Americans operate when it comes to guns and self-defense.
You would think.
However, surprisingly, this is a very false assumption. According to Guns.com:
While many have renewed calls for stricter gun regulations after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, a new poll has found that most Americans’ views on gun laws remain unchanged.
The poll, conducted by the The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found U.S. citizens are still divided on whether tighter firearms restrictions would reduce homicides and mass shootings, while a majority still favor stricter gun regulations.
The survey of 1,054 adults, designed to represent the greater U.S. population, was conducted Oct. 12-16, about two weeks after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history left 58 dead and hundreds more injured in Las Vegas.
Approximately 61 percent of respondents said they favored stricter gun laws, while 27 percent thought the laws should stay the same and 11 percent thought they should be less strict. Around 90 percent of Democrats said they wanted tougher gun regulations, but only a third of Republicans agreed.
According to the Associated Press, those numbers are very similar to the results of a July 2016 poll on the same topic.
Obviously, Americans have many opinions on this issue. A little more than half of poll participants were of the opinion that more restrictions on gun laws will lower the amount of mass shootings. Slightly less than 50% felt doing this would lower the amount of homicides around the nation.
In addition, about half of those in the poll felt these measures would lower the risk of accidental shootings. About 40% of poll participants were of the belief that more constricting firearm regulations would decrease America’s suicide rates. Furthermore, only about 33% felt adding these restrictions would decrease gang violence
Also, over half of respondents were in disapproval of Trump’s gun control regulations and policies, while only 40% in the poll were in agreement.
President Trump is only the second president to make a speech at the NRA’s annual meeting (the first was Ronald Reagan). He claims to strongly support the Second Amendment.