Rasmussen Poll: Majority of Voters Advocate for Stronger Enforcement Over New Laws

Rasmussen Poll: Majority of Voters Advocate for Stronger Enforcement Over New Laws
The questions that were asked. (Photo: Rasmussen Poll)

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In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Maine, a new Rasmussen Reports national survey reveals a slight increase in support for gun control.

However, the majority of voters believe in stricter enforcement of current laws rather than the introduction of new ones.

The survey indicates that 44% of likely U.S. voters think that tighter gun control laws would help prevent incidents similar to the Maine shooting, an increase from 40% who expressed this belief after the May 2022 mass shooting in Buffalo, New York.

Despite this rise, a notable 49% of respondents do not believe that stricter laws would have a deterrent effect on such tragedies.

The Rasmussen survey, commissioned after the Maine incident, echoes sentiments long held by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA): A greater emphasis on enforcing existing gun laws is more effective in preventing gun-related violence than creating new laws.

The survey found that 57% of voters favor stricter enforcement of current gun control laws, while only 30% believe that new laws would be more effective .

Political affiliations play a role in these beliefs, with 71% of Republicans and 58% of Independents supporting the enforcement of existing laws.

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In contrast, only 43% of Democrats hold this view, underscoring the significant ideological divide on the issue.

CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb points out, “We’ve maintained for decades that if existing gun laws were enforced, we wouldn’t need a constant stream of new laws, with additional restrictions on law-abiding citizens, which have really not prevented such events, as gun control proponents invariably promise when they push their latest schemes.”

Highlighting the broader political divide, the Rasmussen survey also reveals that 44% of Democrats believe it is possible to entirely prevent mass shootings.

However, this sentiment is shared by only 21% of Republicans and 19% of Independents. Conversely, 66% of GOP voters and 63% of Independents believe complete prevention is unattainable, a view shared by 41% of Democrats.

CCRKBA, known as the “common sense gun lobby,” takes this recent survey as affirmation of its long-held positions.

“Passing a new, feel-good law only creates the illusion something has been done,” Gottlieb said. “In reality, such knee-jerk legislation accomplishes nothing and sets the public up for more horror when another incident occurs, after which anti-gun politicians repeat the process, fooling their constituents all over again while steadily eroding the Second Amendment and perpetuating a problem they know their policies can’t solve.”

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  • Patrick November 7, 2023, 10:11 am

    We didn’t have these shootings in the 1900’s up to late 1970’s. We used to go to high school with rifles on gun racks in the back window of pick up trucks. We used to be able to order semiautomatic rifles like the Winchester 1907 through the mail from the Sears Roebuck catalogue.
    What’s changed? The introduction of gun legislation by liberals from 1980’s to present. Gun free zone legislation in 1990. The passing of gun laws that go against the second amendment. Criminals and the mentally ill do not obey gun laws. All gun laws violate our second amendment rights. I would say that 100% of law-abiding Americans know that this type of violence cannot be prevented. A good start would be to get rid of gun free zone legislation.

  • ejharbet November 6, 2023, 5:57 am

    all my life there’s been gun control. for 10 years assault weapon bans existed. they stop nothing because murderers by nature violate laws while the law abiding go defenseless.

  • Hondo November 4, 2023, 8:24 am

    Sure let’s make more laws that won’t be enforced, except by the law abiding gun owners, criminals by definition don’t care or follow your silly laws. Grow up you ignorant democrats.

  • jim November 3, 2023, 1:00 pm

    Much of this would be comical if not so tragic. The overwhelming majority of murders by firearms are committed by people who do not legally own the firearms used in the murders. Yet, when a gun is found in the possession of someone who does not legally own it, and if the gun has not (yet) been used in a crime, they serve no time. Typically, they will get probation, or the case will be dismissed. When such a law has no meaningful penalty, it will be ignored, and broken without concern.

    The House of Representatives greatest purpose has become to write new laws. If they are not proposing new laws, and arguing about the need for the law before a vote is taken, they would have very little to do. Ergo, they will always be on record that “a new las is needed”.

  • Manarii November 3, 2023, 12:22 pm

    Who is going to check all the illegal aliens coming in the open border to make sure they follow the law?

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