Most Americans say that countermeasures for these two guns can stop mass shootings. The Senate does not consider them.


Following deadly shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York last month, the US Senate has disobeyed all expectations and is actually poised to pass bipartisan gun safety legislation. Each of the main provisions of the transaction.

But even more Americans support two reforms that Republicans have refused to include. framework They announced earlier this week that they were democratic responders: with a universal background check on all gun sales (71%). Whole country Age to buy semi-automatic weapons between the ages of 18 and 21 (68%).

Participants will hold an American-made AK-47 style 7.62mm semi-automatic rifle from Kalashnikov, USA at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Houston in May.

Participants will hold an American-made AK-47 style 7.62mm semi-automatic rifle from Kalashnikov, USA at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Houston in May. (Patrick T. Fallon / AFP via Getty Images)

At the same time, more than half of Americans (55% and 53%, respectively) say that these two policies are the only ones that “help prevent mass shootings in the future.” The question arises why the Senate is not. Go farther.

A survey of 1,541 US adults conducted June 10-13 found that current bipartisan plans would be very popular if the law was finally signed. When asked about the four major reforms:

● 66% of Americans agree and 19% disagree with “expanding criminal and psychological background checks to buy guns to include boy records.”

● 66% support and 14% oppose “increasing government spending on security services in schools from public kindergartens to high schools”.

● 67% support and 14% oppose “increasing government spending on mental health programs in schools from public kindergarten to high school”.

● And 54% agree, 26% disagree, and oppose “the expansion of the so-called danger signal law, which makes it easier for authorities to confiscate guns from people reported as threatening.”

In the U.S. Senate, where filibuster creates a threshold of 60 votes for legislation, it is notorious to create sufficient bipartisan consensus for action, especially on divisive issues such as gun policy. It Is difficult. However, the modest reform agreement seems to have enough momentum. Ten Republican senators initially approved the outline, and minority leader Mitch McConnell even called it a “step forward.”

“Do you want to see more? Yes, of course,” said activist David Hogg. 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting In Parkland, Florida Tweet on Tuesday.. “But this has saved one’s life, and if it’s gone, it’s more than it’s been done in the last three decades.”

Given such political and procedural hurdles, anyone who has chased the stagnation of American guns in recent years has a national ban or a national ban on offensive weapons that allows shooters to fire in the Senate framework. It’s not surprising that it doesn’t include a ban on similar high-volume magazines for more than 10 rounds in a row before stopping reloading — 52% of Americans favor the former and 50% favor the latter. Despite this, only 3 out of 10 people are against it.

In this case, more Republicans (about 45%) disagree with both restrictions (about 35%), and as a result, GOP lawmakers have refused to consider them for years.

Customers browse guns for sale at RTD Arms & amp ;.  June 2, sports in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

Customers browse guns for sale at RTD Arms & Sport in Goffstown, New Hampshire on June 2 (Ed Jones / AFP via Getty Images).

However, that does not apply to universal background checks or raising the age of purchasing semi-automatic weapons. actually,

  • 63% of Republicans agree, and only 24% oppose “requiring criminal and psychological background checks from anyone who buys a gun, including gun shows and personal sales.”

  • And 59% agree and 28% disagree, “raising the age to buy selected semi-automatic firearms called assault weapons from 18 to 21.”

This makes both provisions more popular in the GOP than expanding the Locomotive Act, which is already part of the framework, even though the Republicans disagree (39%) rather than agree (39%). I have.

So why not raise the age of purchasing semi-automatic weapons, including universal background checks?

Another question provides clues. When asked, “Should the law on the sale of pistols be stricter than it is now?”, 50% of Americans answered “yes”, including 75% of Democrats and 47% of independents, the United States. Twenty-nine percent of people say they want “no change,” and 12% say such laws should be “less strict.”

But more than six in ten Republicans (48% don’t want change, 14% want to relax) are against stricter gun control. Reforms that could limit access to actual firearms rather than addressing mental health and school security represent a political risk for Republicans.

Republicans and Democrats are also divided on which measures could actually prevent at least some mass shootings in the future. Only 16% of Americans (including 11% of Democrats and 24% of Republicans) believe that “there is no way to stop shootings in the United States,” but the majority of Democrats (76%) , “We believe that the tightening of gun control may lead to mass shootings.” Most Republicans (60%) say the opposite. Instead, when asked, “Which of the following measures will help prevent future mass shootings,” the majority of Republicans mention only one: kindergarten to high school schools. Improved safety (56%).

After all, Democrats see school security (39%) as the least promising tool on the list. All remaining reforms — universal background checks (69%), danger signal law (62%), semi-automatic purchase age increase (69%), ban on assault weapons (68%), ban on large magazines (68%) 68%)) and more mental health programs in schools from kindergarten to high school (52%) — considered more effective.


The Yahoo News survey was conducted by YouGov using a national representative sample of 1,541 US adults interviewed online from June 10 to 13, 2022. This sample shows the US Census Bureau, and 2020 presidential (or non-voting) and voter registration status. Respondents were selected by YouGov’s opt-in panel to represent all adults in the United States. The margin of error is about 2.9%.