Poll: Congressional shooting ‘won’t change the way people talk about guns’
By Christen Smith
A recent poll revealed a majority of those surveyed believe the congressional baseball shooting “will have no impact” on how people talk about politics.
In fact, 79 percent of respondents said “the way people talk about politics” contributes to violence, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation characterized the June 14 shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, as an unplanned attack on Republican congressman perpetrated by a disgruntled, homeless Illinois man who volunteered for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign last year and despised President Trump.
The gunman — who died after a shootout with law enforcement — also reportedly carried a list of Republican lawmakers in his pocket, though the FBI stopped short of calling it a “hit list.” The two guns recovered at the scene, a 7.62mm rifle and a 9mm handgun, were bought legally.
Of the 1,212 registered voters surveyed by Quinnipiac, 54 percent support “stricter gun laws,” including 80 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of Independents. Just 27 percent of registered Republicans agreed.
Mandating background checks for all gun buyers received near-unanimous support from all parties: 93 percent of Republicans, 98 percent of Democrats, 95 percent of Independents and 94 percent of respondents