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Poll: Limit Guns To Stop Mass Shootings

USATODAY.COM - Americans favor stricter gun control laws and better mental health screening and support to prevent mass shootings, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll found.

Ask what they think the one or two most important things that could be done to prevent mass shootings in the USA, 24% of adults selected stricter gun control laws, 15% favored better mental health screening, 9% favored more education for children about violence and the proper use of guns, and 8% favored more extensive background checks for gun purchasers.

The survey results are based on telephone survey of 1,032 adults nationwide take Jan. 14-16, about a week after the mass shooting at a Tucson grocery story that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

More than half of poll respondents -- 55% -- said they placed "a great deal" of blame for the Tucson shooting on a failure of the mental health system to identify people who are a danger to others; 43% said they blamed easy access to guns. About a third blamed the spread of extremist viewpoints on Internet and a fifth of the people surveyed said they blamed inflammatory language from political commentators.

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