US: Americans want tougher gun laws, but do not hope for immediate change

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The vast majority of Americans Advocates for stricter legislation on armsbut he has little hope that members of Congress will take action despite a series of recent massacres, according to a poll conducted by the Ipsos Institute on behalf of the Reuters news agency.

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The poll of a representative sample of 940 Americans, which has a statistical error margin of ± 4%, was conducted the following day. massacre of 19 pupils and two teachers by a teenage gunman in Texas and two weeks before the massacre of 10 people by a young racist in the predominantly African-American Buffalo neighborhood in New York.

84% of the sample said they were in favor of checking the criminal record of arms buyers, while 70% were in favor of allowing the authorities to ban the sale of weapons to people deemed to pose a threat to public safety..

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72% are in favor of raising the age limit to legalize the purchase of weapons from 18 to 21 years.

These ideas were supported by a large majority of supporters of both Republicans and Democrats, a finding consistent with previous polls.

But most do not believe Congress will act. Only 35% said they were confident that members of the US parliament would tighten gun legislation this year, while 49% said they were not at all sure.

65% of the sample agree that the so-called mass shootings –A firearms attacks with four or more victims, in US law enforcement terminology– are so many in the US due to the wide availability of weapons.

However, Americans are divided over the policies that are already being implemented in many states and have turned weapons into part of everyday life. 54% thought that carrying a weapon was the best way to protect themselves from attacks, 45% were in favor of the idea of ​​teaching teachers or members of the school staff to carry a weapon..

43% believe that law-abiding citizens should be able to carry weapons in the church, at work or in stores. 69% are in favor of legislation that would allow the issuance of firearms licenses provided that the weapons remain hidden.

Speaker at the NRA conference is Donald Trump

Former US President Donald Trump assured today (26/5) that he will indeed speak tomorrow Friday (27/5) at its annual congress strongest arms representation organization – the NRA – in Texasdespite the massacre of children in a primary school in a small town in this southern American state.

“America needs real solutions and real leadership at this time, not political and partisan expediencies”said the billionaire through his social networking site, Truth Social.

“And for that I will honor the commitment I made a long time ago to speak at the NRA Conference in Texas.”he added, promising to deliver a speech “important to the American people.”

In this way, the former president deliberately shows his opposition to his successor, the Democratic Joe Bidenwho, “disgusted and tired” of the repeated massacres in the country, wondered on Tuesday night, a few hours after the massacre in Uwalde, “When, in the name of God, will we stand tall in the arms lobby?”.

The so-called mass shootings, the attacks with the use of firearms with four or more victims in the terminology of the American law enforcement services, are a scourge in the US that governments, one after the other, have proved powerless to deal with, as they fail to pass any ambitious bill on the issue, mainly due to the power of the arms lobby in Congress.

Characterizing the massacre at Rob Elementary School act of “individual and disturbed criminal”the NRA has denied any responsibility and confirmed that its conference in Houston will take place normally.

Source: News Beast

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