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Americans may not be as eager for new gun laws as Obama hopes

Posted: December 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm   /   by

This, from Gallup, is a ray of sunshine in the recent 24-hour-a-day screed in favor of more gun control we’ve been hearing since the Sandy Hook massacre.

Americans are most likely to say that an increased police presence at schools, increased government spending on mental health screening and treatment, and decreased depiction of gun violence in entertainment venues would be effective in preventing mass shootings at schools. Americans rate the potential effectiveness of a ban on assault and semi-automatic guns as fourth on a list of six actions Gallup asked about.

Effectiveness of Approaches to Prevent School Violence

The tragic shooting deaths of 20 school children and six adults at Newtown, Conn., on Friday has left elected officials, leaders, and average citizens highly focused on what could be done to prevent such shootings in the future.

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The only thing that Americans (in this survey) believe would be less effective than gun control in preventing mass shootings at schools is the news media not reading or printing the names of perpetrators. Considering that many of the shooters turn their guns on themselves or are shot by police or citizens, this is a sensible position to hold—refusing to print or read their names really wouldn’t do much.

And neither would more gun laws, in spite of the left’s constant insistence (against all evidence) that they would.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook