A CNN poll conducted in April found 39 percent of Americans wanted stricter gun control laws, down from 50 percent in 2000, 46 percent wanted the gun laws to stay as they are, while 15 percent thought they should be less restrictive, up from 9 percent in 2000.
An April poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found that support for curbing the sale of assault weapons and semiautomatic rifles has dropped from 75 percent in 1991 to 53 percent today.
Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll, told reporters Tuesday that:
"Every bit of data is showing us that Americans are getting more conservative about gun control."
Andrew Arulanandam, a spokesman for the National Rifle Association, said:
"The NRA has always been on the right side of this issue, there's a realization that over 20,000 gun laws that are on the books are meaningless unless they are enforced. We have adequate gun laws on the books to address every situation."
Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston, said diminished public support for gun control measures "a good thing" and that the recent poll findings would help lawmakers "resist pressure from this administration to pass more gun control legislation."
This is what many of us have been saying for years folks, enforce the existing gun laws on the books instead of looking to enact new ones because of the failure to enforce the existing laws.
Let's hope the Obama administration gets the message. But I wouldn't hold my breath.
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