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Polling Data Shows That Most Americans Oppose New Gun Control

Friday, May 8, 2009

Anyone who follows the news closely can tell you that, despite what a majority of the media's anti-gun talking heads say, most Americans do not support more gun control.  Faced with the new anti-gun administration, the economy, terrorism, gang violence, etc., gun and ammunition sales are soaring.  And recent polling data once again prove that Americans value the Second Amendment and don't want more restrictions placed on their freedom.   

An ABC News-Washington Post poll conducted in April shows shrinking support for new gun control measures, and strong support for enforcing existing laws instead.  

When asked to identify the best way to reduce gun violence, 61 percent said they favored stronger enforcement of existing laws, while only 27 percent opted for stronger laws.  Forty-six percent said that gun laws should stay as they are, while 15 percent said they should be loosened. 

These recent findings are consistent with similar findings we've reported for years.  Bottom line:  Most Americans get it.  More gun control will only hinder the law-abiding. 

NRA-ILA has always been on the right side of this issue.  The thousands and thousands of gun laws already in existence are meaningless if they are not enforced. We already have gun laws on the books to address virtually every illegal act with a firearm. 

As Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of the Gallup Poll, told reporters this week, "every bit of data is showing us that Americans are getting more conservative about gun control."

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.