Americans: Gun laws need strengthening

Post Newtown poll shows increasing support for stricter gun laws

A recent poll that followed the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., shows a steep increase in the number of Americans who favor strengthening gun laws. In the survey, which asked whether the sale of firearms should be stricter, less strict or left alone, 58 percent of respondents said stricter was the way to go. That’s up from 43 percent in 2011 and the highest level recorded since 2004 (when 60 percent favored stricter laws), but still much lower than the 78 percent recorded in the early ’90s. Meanwhile, a record-high number of Americans (47 percent) favor passing new gun laws, while support has dropped for simply enforcing current laws more strictly and not passing new laws.