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Gallup Poll on Gun Control

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Lydia Saad of Gallup reports on a post-Sandy Hook poll.  The most striking result is the question on banning handguns, which Americans now oppose by a whopping 74-24.  Asked if laws governing sales should be made more strict, less strict, or kept the same, 58% said more, 34% same, and 6% less.  When asked if they prefer stricter enforcement of current laws or passing new laws, respondents were almost equally divided.

Gallup gets a round of raspberries for this confusing question:  "Are you for or against a law which would make it illegal to manufacture, sell, or possess semi-automatic guns known as assault rifles?"  A great many people do not know that so-called "assault rifles" are only a subset of semi-automatics, and the question compounds the confusion.  Among the confused people is the person who wrote the captions for the graphs in this report.  The graph for the above question is captioned:  "Support for Ban on Semi-Automatic Guns."  Um, no.  The result, for what it's worth, is 51% no and 44% yes.

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