Study shows split in gun control debate

Democrats found more likely to support background checks

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – School shootings, including the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School sparked a national debate on gun rights. 22News is working for you to reveal how many Americans actually support more gun control.

It hasn’t even been two years since Newtown, and the results of a Quinnipiac University poll show a nearly 50/50 split.

The poll shows that the overwhelming majority of Americans support background checks on gun buyers and laws to prevent people with mental illness from owning guns, but when the question became, “Would you support stricter gun control laws” 50% said they would, 47% said no.

22News found people on both sides of the debate.

“I think people should understand a way of life without guns and create it for themselves. End of story. If you’ve ever had a child killed violently, you’d understand,” said Pelle Lowe of Northampton.

“No, I don’t see how they can help because if you want to get a gun you can get a gun. It’s easy, you can make the laws as strict as you want,” said Luis Perez of Holyoke.

The poll found that Democrats were more likely than Republicans to support background checks for all gun buyers.

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