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Most See Enforcement of Existing Gun Laws As More Important Than New Ones

Americans blame the shooters in mass killings, not the availability of guns, and believe that there are already gun control laws on the books that can make a difference.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 70% of American Adults agree with the following statement – “It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger; it’s the person that pulls the trigger.” Twenty-one percent (21%) disagree with the statement by President Trump who is calling for a stronger mental health response following mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 22 and 25, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 22 and 25, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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