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Most Americans Want Mental Health Care, Not Gun Control

A majority of Americans believe that in response to the increasing number of mass killings in public places, the government should provide more mental-health services instead of repealing gun rights.

In a national Washington Post-ABC News poll, 63 percent of respondents agreed that shooting rampages “reflect problems identifying and treating people with mental health problems rather than inadequate gun control laws.” Twenty-three percent disagreed, calling for additional regulation of firearms.

The survey was conducted earlier this month, shortly after the attack at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, the Washington Post reported.

Breitbart News noted that, to no one’s surprise, the poll responses broke down along party lines. Most of the support for the Second Amendment came from Republicans and independents while the majority of those favoring gun control were Democrats.

A whopping 82 percent of GOP voters and 65 percent of independents said the focus should be on mental health instead of firearms. That compared with only 46 percent of Democrats. When asked to rate the relative importance of gun rights and gun control, 70 percent of Republicans chose the Second Amendment while the same portion of Democrats advocated gun restrictions.

Breitbart reported that in a recent Gallup poll, 56 percent said laws allowing people to carry concealed weapons make the country safer. That included 82 percent of Republican respondents.

Photo: The Federalist

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