Poll finds opposition to assault weapons ban at all-time high.

Americans No Longer Support an Assault Weapons Ban

Americans No Longer Support an Assault Weapons Ban

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Dec. 16 2015 11:09 AM

Americans No Longer Support an Assault Weapons Ban

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The SUV used by San Bernardino shooters Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik.

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Well, this is something. From ABC:

A majority of Americans oppose banning assault weapons for the first time in more than 20 years of ABC News/Washington Post polls, with the public expressing vast doubt that the authorities can prevent “lone wolf” terrorist attacks and a substantial sense that armed citizens can help.
Just 45 percent in this national survey favor an assault weapons ban, down 11 percentage points from an ABC/Post poll in 2013 and down from a peak of 80 percent in 1994. Fifty-three percent oppose such a ban, the most on record.
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Americans specifically believe, by a margin of 47 percent to 42 percent, that encouraging civilians to carry guns is a better response to terrorism than instituting more gun control laws.

It only makes sense. What sounds safer to you: a movie theater in which the audience includes a deranged white male loner who is obsessed with Columbine but has been prevented from buying an arsenal of weapons because of background check requirements, or a crowded movie theater in which that psychotic loner and a number of other civilian Tom Clancy enthusiasts with no law enforcement or military training are heavily armed and firing at each other with armor-piercing ammunition?