After Newtown School Shooting, Americans Want their Guns with Some Restrictions

Thursday there was conducted Reuters/Ipsos poll. The poll results come roughly two weeks after police say 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, using a semi-automatic weapon to kill 20 first graders and six school staff members.

Newtown shooting was the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history after the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, which left 32 dead. Photo: Stephanie Keith/ Flickr

After the mass shooting Sandy Hook Elementary School,  Nearly seven in 10 Americans support the idea of placing strong or moderate limits gun ownership, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

The poll said, unfortunately, that laws permitting citizens to carry concealed weapons or use lethal force for protection while in public were just as popular.

The Reuters reports, that  survey found that 48 percent of respondents agreed that “gun ownership should have strong regulations or restrictions.”

Meanwhile, 69 percent and 68 percent either strongly supported or somewhat supported laws allowing law-abiding citizens to get a concealed-weapon permit and “laws allowing citizens to use deadly force to protect themselves from danger in public places,” respectively.

About 1,477 Americans were surveyed online between December 23 and 27. It emphasized that there is a problem with U.S. policymakers: gun control laws enjoy fervent support in the abstract, but laws preserving specific gun ownership privileges are also well liked.

Also about four in 10 Americans agreed with allowing law-abiding citizens to bring a firearm into a “church, workplace, or retail establishment,” according to the poll. Several states currently ban guns in such places.

And nearly nine in 10 Americans are for laws that demand background checks before buying a gun, and just over seven in 10 favored agreed that there should be a limit of on the number of guns someone could purchase in a particular time frame.

Actually people from other countries do not approve of the US gun policy. Like CNN anchorman Piers Morgan, who is a Brit in fact. Because of his saying thousands of American gun rights supporters are calling for the deportation Piers Morgan over his calls for new weapons restrictions following the Newtown school shootings, reports the Guardian.

The petition on the White House We the People website to “Deport British Citizen Piers Morgan for Attacking 2nd Amendment” had more than 32,000 supporting signatures by Monday morning, easily passing the 25,000 threshold needed to receive a White House response.

The petition was created on 21 December by “Kurt N” in Austin, Texas, and seems to be a response to Morgan’s statements following the Sandy Hook school massacre

“The argument I keep hearing is ‘well if everybody else was armed, it wouldn’t happen,'” Morgan said on the show. “It’s a load of total hogwash!”

Piers Morgan’s intervention may feel unwelcome for many Americans, but he should be the one sticking to his guns. Mass shootings are as predictable as they are contagious. As an inexplicable expression of narcissism, self-loathing and alienation, the violence will not go away.

However life is getting back to Newtown. Even though kids at the Sandy Hook Elementary school won’t be back to classes for another week, officials from the town, school district and local agencies are doing their best in the meantime to keep them occupied following a massacre at their school two weeks ago.

The students have not attended school since a gunman killed 20 of their schoolmates and six adults on Dec. 14. They are slated to return to a different school next Thursday.

The Associated Press writes, In the meantime, they’ve been treated to field trips, toy giveaways and some organized play time.

All the kids are welcome at the Newtown Youth Academy, a nonprofit sports center. It opened its doors in town at no cost shortly after the shooting. But from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. last week, the building’s turf field, basketball and tennis courts, and giant inflatable obstacle course were reserved just for Sandy Hook Elementary students.

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