Two new polls show massive public support for background checks on all gun purchases

Separate polls by the Pew Research Center (HERE) and ABC/Washington Post (HERE) show that at least 85 percent of Americans favor making all firearms purchases subject to background checks.

The Pew survey also shows smaller majorities supporting various other measures, including the establishment of a federal database to track gun sales and an outright ban on the sale of assault-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. Fifty-three percent also want online sales of ammunition outlawed.

Pew also reported this:

By a two-to-one margin (64%-32%), most favor putting armed security guards and police in more schools. But when it comes to more teachers and school officials having guns, most are opposed (40% favor vs. 57% oppose). The latter option is particularly divisive across party lines: 56% of Republicans would like to see more teachers and school officials armed, compared with just 23% of Democrats.

But on the issue of universal background checks, Republican and Democratic respondents were almost equally supportive as were gunowners and non-gunowners.

Another interesting angle in the Pew survey is that respondents were almost evenly divided as to which political party does a better job of reflecting their views on gun control.  Forty percent gave the nod to the Democrats and 38 percent to the Republicans, while the rest were either undecided or thought the two parties were equal on that score.



  1. Except your last post says that people lie on their backround check forms and are rarely prosecuted.

    Besides, a backround check would have done nothing to stop the Newtown massacre.

  2. Big Dave

    But lets not forget Connecticut is one state where gun sales are soaring!

    I know that has the left crying, but that’s simply too bad!

  3. doc: So, we’ll mark you down as opposed to background checks, right?

  4. Big Dave: Gun sales are soaring in every state. Paranoid gun nuts are everywhere.

  5. Mark me down as for solutions that will work.

  6. doc: Background checks can work to a certain extent if vigorous enforcement and tough penalties are part of the equation.

  7. Exactly who is going to be in charge of this vigorous enforcement and what system will be used to apply the backround check?

  8. Ever the naysayer on anything your Republican heroes in Congress don’t support, aren’t you, doc?

    Sunspots Johnson, that intellectual giant of the U.S. Senate, would be proud of you,

  9. Oh I see. Ask a question, a very legitimate question I might add, and get called a name.

    Why do they call you people progressives again? How does that kind of attitude lead to progress exactly?

  10. Craig Knauss


    What name did you get called? “naysayer”?

    Maybe you should seek treatment for your paranoia and persecution complex.

  11. I don’t care about the name, I hoped for an answer to the question.

    Or at least a solution that would actually address the problem.

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