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US gun control views unchanged - poll

2012-07-31 13:01

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.

Comments
  • james.rossouw - 2012-07-31 13:29

    They could not stop online purchases if they tried. You need software TOR and it's untracable. Real problem his parent knew shrink knew they did nothing to stop the monster.

  • flysouth - 2012-07-31 13:49

    The problem is not with gun ownership by the law-abiding and sane - but it lies in the fact that aberrant behaviour such as exhibited by this individual long before the shooting is tolerated and accepted by society as somehow 'okay'. In previous times anyone who tried to model himself on some nutcase fantasy movie villain would have been taken away by men in white coats!

  • crazyjourno - 2012-07-31 14:21

    "Guns don't kill ppl, ppl kill ppl."

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