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Poll: Declining Support For New Gun Control Legislation

Public support for prioritizing new laws to reduce gun violence has declined from a high 3 years ago, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Wednesday.

The survey found that 50% of Americans back enacting new legislation to reduce gun violence. That number was down from a peak of 57% after the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Despite the drop in support, the 50% backing is more than the 43% of Americans who said protecting the right to own guns should be a more important priority, which is up from 34% just 3 years ago.

This latest poll was conducted following several recent mass shootings, including 8 people killed at Atlanta-area Asian spas, 8 murdered at an Indianapolis FedEx warehouse, and 10 killed at a Colorado grocery store.

President Joe Biden, who earlier this month enacted executive actions regarding gun violence, has faced increased pressure to bring about stricter firearm legislation and policies.