POLL: Support for Assault Weapons Ban Rises to 62% After Parkland

The silent majority is silent no more.

Since the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people, attitudes of American voters have shifted on the question of assault weapons. Over 6 in 10 United States voters now support bans on these guns.

Following the deadly shooting, that utilized an AR-15 rifle, students from the Parkland school organized multiple events to raise awareness and create solidarity with other students across the United States. They also took on the National Rifle Association (NRA) directly and indirectly, which targeted them as well.

It appears the student’s efforts paid dividends. A new poll conducted by Langer Research Associates for ABC News and The Washington Post found 62 percent of voters polled supported an assault weapons ban versus 35 percent who oppose it.

ABC News Washington Post poll assault weapons Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
BLUE: support gun control – RED: oppose gun control (April 11, 2018 poll for ABC News and The Washington Post)

In an analysis of trends, American voters flipped from October 18, 2015 to April 11, 2018. In 2015, 47 percent of USA voters supported gun rights over 46 percent supporting gun control. Now, 57 percent support gun control over 34 percent supporting gun rights.

ABC News Washington Post poll assault weapons Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
(April 11, 2018 poll for ABC News and The Washington Post)

Such a shift is an abnormality compared to the aftermath of prior mass shootings. But the response by victims was also unusual based on prior mass murders using guns.

Students from Parkland began to speak out, stating enough was enough on gun violence in the USA,  in the immediate aftermath. But so did victims of other mass shootings.

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