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Poll: Nearly half of Republicans accept mass shootings as ‘part of a free society’

In the wake of recent mass shootings, nearly half of Republicans say that they are something that must be accepted as part of a “free society,” according to a new poll.

The poll, which was conducted by CBS news and YouGov, surveyed Americans about their thoughts on guns and gun control. One question asked respondents if they felt that mass shootings are an unavoidable by-product of a “free society” or if they believed the issue could be tackled.

Nearly half of all respondents who identified as Republicans, around 44 percent, said that shootings like those in Uvalde and Buffalo are “unfortunately something we have to accept as part of a free society.” By comparison, 85 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of Independents said mass shootings are “something we can prevent and stop if we really tried.”

Democrats look for more gun restrictions — including banning AR-15s — and fewer people having guns in general, and also support background checks and more mental health services.

But Republicans tend to oppose AR-15 bans and feel that allowing more people to carry guns and more armed security would stop mass shootings. They think that these measures, along with better mental health screening, would be most effective in preventing mass shootings.

There is bipartisan support for measures that are applied to people — such as background checks and a federal “red flag” law, which most Americans think could do a lot to help prevent mass shootings. But there are more partisan differences over what to do about the guns themselves.

The sample size for the poll was 2,021 people who were surveyed between Wednesday and Friday. It was noted to have a margin for error of give-or-take 2.6 percent.

A total of 66% of Democrats, 72% of Independents, and 71% of Republicans indicated that they think it is “not very likely” or “not at all likely” that Congress passes significant, new gun policies in the coming months. 

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: KTVQ.COM

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