In the wake of the Senate defeat of a measure to expand background checks on gun purchases, an AP/GfK survey shows that, contrary to Obama's insistence that 90 percent of Americans favor tightened gun laws, there is a healthy — and increasing — resistance to the president's gun control plan, which includes a universal background check, a provision Second Amendment advocates warn will ultimately lead to a national registry of gun owners.
While 49 percent of those polled in the survey said they think gun laws should be tightened up, the Associated Press noted that those numbers are down from 58 percent in January — just a month after the tragic Newtown, Connecticut, shootings, when the president and congressional Democrats were capitalizing on the emotions of the moment. Over the past three months, even as the White House has trotted out Newtown parents and others impacted by violence committed with guns as props in its gun control strategy, Americans have begun reconsidering the implications of increased federal gun regulations. The AP poll noted that a total of 52 percent of Americans now disapprove of Obama's gun control efforts.
Overall, a total of 38 percent of those surveyed said they think America's gun laws should not be altered in any way. Second Amendment advocates note that the number strongly contradicts Obama's road-stroke declarations of universal approval for his gun control package. “By now, it’s well known that 90 percent of the American people support universal background checks that make it harder for a dangerous person to buy a gun,” said Obama following the Senate defeat. He insisted that “we’re talking about convicted felons, people convicted of domestic violence, people with a severe mental illness” who would be denied guns through the check. “Ninety percent of Americans support that idea,” he declared.
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