It was a hot topic at this year’s debate among democratic presidential candidates
“Secretary Clinton, is Bernie Sanders tough enough on guns? No, not at all. I think we have to look at the fact that we lose 90 people a day from gun violence. This has gone on too long and it’s time the entire country stood up against the NRA.”
Mass shootings like the one on an Oregon college campus less than a month ago have lawmakers considering new gun laws—thinking tougher laws could reduce gun crime. However, others say more laws won’t keep guns out of the hands of criminals. According to a recent WKRG/Strategy poll only 29% of registered voters in Alabama said they thought more laws would mean more safety. 71%, however, don’t believe tougher gun laws would keep Americans safe. Analyst John Gray says that’s not surprising.
“Because people in Alabama, we like guns. We were raised with them, we have them around the house, we do a lot of hunting,” says Gray.
He says logically, new laws really wouldn’t work.
“Bottom line is this—criminals generally don’t follow the law. By definition, that’s what a criminal is. How is increasing gun laws going to deter a criminal from getting a gun?”
Some say the answer lies in expanding and increasing background checks and regulations. Others say that still won’t stop a criminal but will only make law-abiding citizens jump through more, unnecessary hoops. Our poll reflects that only 32% believe more regulations would make it more difficult for criminals, while 68% say it would just make it harder for folks who follow the rules.
Again, Gray says laws will not reign in criminals. He says 70% of all inmates go on to commit crimes again—and half of them do so with guns.
“They lost their right to carry a gun and they are re-committing crimes with guns and we cannot legislate that out of the system.”
Our WKRG/Strategy poll had a margin of error of 2%. 4,500 people participated.