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THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN: That’s Gonna Be a ‘No’ From 4PM Readers on Most Gun Control

Respondents to The 4PM Poll largely rejected all but the most minimal gun control policies following Tuesday’s Uvalde school shooting.

WHAT YOU SAID

In Wednesday’s poll, we asked: “In your opinion, how much federal gun control is the right amount?”

  • 49% of you said: none
  • 28% said: universal background checks
  • 10% said: license requirement to purchase a firearm
  • 7% said: red flag law
  • 3% said: ban on “assault weapons” or high capacity magazines
  • 3% said: mandatory “assault weapons” buyback

Respondents took a much harder line on gun rights than the American public in general, but the results represented a softening compared to when we asked the same question in April.

FROM THE MAILBAG

Thomas wrote to us to say, “I’m 81 years old, and guns were a normal thing in America when I was a teenager. We were of the notion that the good guys used guns to protect and fight the bad guys.”

  • Pointing to a collapse of authority and a rise of social media, video games and mental illness, Thomas said, “This really is the basis for our problem. [But t]hose in charge then took the easy way out and blamed the weapon.”
  • “Act now and make our schools fortresses if need be,” he urged.
  • S.L. similarly argued: “NON-criminals with guns PROTECT & DEFEND against criminals … as the Second Amendment intends.”

On the other hand, Wayne wrote: “I know we afraid the liberals will make any gun control a slippery slope. However, we need to be pro-active for once and not let them run with this.”

  • “AR weapons are not needed in my estimation. Make buyers have to provide three notarized character references. [Only a]llow the first gun purchase to be a handgun. There have got to be lots of ideas out there to keep guns out of the hands of wackos,” he continued.
  • “Republicans are notoriously status quo and we could take a giant step if we took this out of the hands of the libs.”

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