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Polls: Americans Agree More Gun Control Ineffective; Emphasis Should be on Mental Health

Polls: Americans Agree More Gun Control Ineffective; Emphasis Should be on Mental Health

National Shooting Sports Foundation

National Shooting Sports Foundation

NEWTOWN, Conn --( Some 63 percent of Americans do not believe that tighter restrictions on purchasing and owning firearms will be effective, according to a new Reason-Rupe poll.

Only 32 percent of poll respondents said stricter regulations would be effective in preventing criminals from obtaining guns.

The same polling organization found that when asked to select the most important factor that may have prevented the tragic shooting in Newtown, some 27 percent of respondents, told the Reason-Rupe poll that better mental health treatment is the most important factor in preventing such tragedy.

Twenty-two percent said better parenting is most critical; 20 percent said having armed personnel onsite would have been the most likely way to prevent the tragedy. The fourth most preferred approach was stricter gun control laws, selected by 16 percent of respondents.

Meanwhile, Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted Congress for failure to pass new federal firearms legislation in 2013.

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  • 2 User comments to “Polls: Americans Agree More Gun Control Ineffective; Emphasis Should be on Mental Health”

    1. Buck Crosby on December 17, 2013 at 12:54 PM said:

      Mental health is a slippery slope where firearms are concerned because most of our shrinks and mental health people are leftist liberal progressives because that is what their educators ( indoctrinators ) were . And most of them are phoneys to boot , look how fast they are jumping on the ” child molesting might not be so bad ” bandwagon since the faggots have gotten their way .

    2. Tony Maroney on December 20, 2013 at 12:13 AM said:

      Thomas Jefferson recognized that besides threats of war against Americans by other
      Nations, that our Citizens should be prepared
      to defend ourselves from threats of our own
      government GONE ROGUE. He answered many quest-
      ions about militias, armies, & concluded, the right of of all American Citizens to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. For the first time in our history, we have members of our present Admintration who ARE ROGUE to the Constitution, and our Bill of Rights. The greatest threat to the USA is in the Oval Office today, and the appointment he has made. His financing through George Soros BOUGHT him the highest office in the land. EX-Mayor Bloomberg of NY will be buying other flunkies in elections around the Country, to further damage our concepts of freedom promised by our
      Founding Fathers. Watch out, Americans! Your kids & grandkids will be Subjects;
      disarmed & defenseless, living under rules
      “Interpreted” by them and enforced with their Government Guns! STUDY World History for the
      last 200 years….go back a thousand. This
      has played out again and again and again. If
      Citizens don’t KNOW, or don’t CARE, we’re DONE!

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