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More Than Half of US Citizens Oppose Stricter Gun Control Laws - Poll

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A new CNN/ORC poll reveals that fifty-two percent of Americans do not want the US government to implement stricter gun control laws despite mass shooting incidents that claim lives and injure people.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Fifty-two percent of Americans do not want the US government to implement stricter gun control laws despite mass shooting incidents that claim lives and injure people, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

Only 46 percent of Americans support stricter gun control regulations, while 52 percent think they should not be implemented, the poll, released on Wednesday, revealed.

In June, the number of supporters and opponents of stricter gun legislation were equally divided at 49 percent each.

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Gun violence and possible tougher gun controls are in the spotlight of the political debate in the United States.

The Second Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the right of US citizens to keep and bear arms. At the same time, the United States has been witnessing a growing number of mass shooting incidents over the past year, which prompted calls by some for greater gun controls.

President Barack Obama has previously called on Congress to change the country’s gun laws, and urged Americans to pay more attention to presidential candidates’ positions on gun control.

Opponents of the proposed measures claim there are enough laws on the books regulating gun purchases, and those laws should be enforced rather than more restrictions passed that may violate the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

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