President Barack Obama has proposed sweeping changes in gun control legislation, including criminal background checks for all gun purchases, including those at gun shows, reinstating an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 and restoring a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines, in an attempt to curb gun violence in the United States.
The majority of the Tribune's poll-takers wouldn't seem to have much faith that any of these actions could prevent another shooting like at Sandy Hook Elementary, an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, or any of the dozens of shootings across the country.
A poll on our website asked the question: What action will be most helpful to reduce gun violence in the U.S.? Forty-eight responses were distributed as follows:
More restrictions on purchasing guns: 8 percent
More intensive background checks: 6 percent
Harsher penalties for offenders: 18 percent
All of the above: 25 percent
None of the above, another solution needs to be found: 42 percent
The poll design did not allow participants to provide information about what that other solution or solutions might be.
Some have touted better access to mental health services as a possible solution. In a poll on an area paper's website, responses were equally divided as to whether current access is adequate.
The Dodge Daily Globe ran a story about gun sales in that community on Jan. 22 and reported on its website poll that asked, "Do you believe laws limiting gun ownership infringe on the public's Second Amendment right to possess and carry firearms?"
Sixty-eight percent of 63 respondents marked yes.
The St. John News asked, "Should the general public be allowed to purchase large capacity ammo clips?" Ten respondents said yes, 10 said no.