Thursday, August 2, 2012

Australia: Americans still divided on gun control

The Sydney Morning Herald

US still divided on gun control

THE Aurora, Colorado, shooting that claimed 12 lives has not significantly altered Americans' views on gun regulations, according to a new poll.

The Pew Research Centre's July 26-29 survey found 47 per cent of Americans say controlling guns is the priority, while 46 per cent say it is more important to protect the right to own guns. That is little changed from an April poll, when 45 per cent placed the most importance on gun control and 49 per cent on gun rights.

Neither President Barack Obama nor Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has called for new gun laws. Mr Romney last week rejected the idea new limits would help avoid such tragedies; Mr Obama said a ''consensus around violence reduction'' must be reached.


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