Those hoping for a popular resurgence for gun control are having their ambitions smashed by two major opinion polls showing strong opposition to further restrictions and widespread support for concealed weapons.
A CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday shows 52% of Americans oppose more gun control laws compared with 46% who want the government to tighten regulations.
Opposition to gun control has grown since CNN’s last poll in June that showed the public was split with 49% on either side of the issue.
The support for gun rights has grown despite the Umpqua Community College shooting Oct. 1 that killed nine people. Twenty-six-year-old student Christopher Harper-Mercer massacred classmates and teachers. The incident provoked outrage and a volley of proposals for stricter gun laws, even though the firearms used in the killings were purchased legally.
In the aftermath of the shooting, President Barack Obama said:
Each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough. It cannot be this easy for someone who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun.
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