US gun control views unchanged - poll

2012-07-31 13:01


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Washington - Americans' views on gun control remain largely unchanged despite the killing of a dozen moviegoers in a Colorado cinema this month, a Pew poll showed on Monday.

Forty-seven percent of Americans say it is more important to control gun ownership, while 46% say it is more important to protect the rights of Americans to own guns, the Pew Research Centre for the People & the Press said in a statement.

The numbers are virtually unchanged from April, when 45% prioritized gun control and 49% gun rights. Other major episodes of gun violence in recent years also had little effect on public opinion about gun laws, Pew said.

James Holmes, a former University of Colorado graduate student, was formally charged on Monday in the shooting deaths of 12 people in the shootings at an Aurora, Colorado, cinema on 20 July.

Sixty-seven percent of those polled say that shootings like the one in Colorado are the isolated acts of troubled individuals. Twenty-four percent say such shootings reflect broader problems in US society.

Holmes had bought 6 000 rounds of ammunition online. Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Representative Carolyn McCarthy of New York said they were proposing limits on anonymous online or mail-order purchases of ammunition.

The legislation also would require reporting of bulk ammunition sales.

President Barack Obama pledged last week to work to "arrive at a consensus" on how to reduce gun violence.

The Pew survey was conducted 26 to 29 July among 1 010 adults.

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