Republicans have tried to paint President Obama’s proposed gun control measures as an encroachment on the second amendment , but the latest polls reveal that the majority of Americans agree with the Obama administration.
A Gallup poll found support for universal background checks at 91 percent, increased spending on mental health programs for young people at 82 percent, increased training for first responders on how to respond to school attacks at 79 percent, increased penalties for straw purchasers at 75 percent, spending $4 billion to keep 15,000 police officers on the street at 70 percent and spending $30 million to help schools develop emergency response plans at 69 percent.
In addition, two-thirds of Americans are in favor of banning armor-piercing bullets, while 60 percent want a reinstatement the assault weapons ban and 54 percent want a ban on ammunition clips holding more than 10 bullets.
Among Republicans, the bans on assault weapons and ammunition clips did not draw majority support. Slightly less than half of Republicans are in favor of a ban on assault rifles.
The majority of Americans also seem to want government to focus on mental health and school safety than on gun control. Sixty-five percent want Obama and Congress to focus more on mental health than gun control.