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Poll: School shooting seen as sign of larger societal problem

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Jonathan Easley
The Hill
December 18, 2012

A majority of people see Friday’s carnage at a Connecticut elementary school as indicative of larger societal problems, and not merely a troubled individual’s isolated act, according to an ABC News-Washington Post poll released Monday.

The poll results reverse a recent trend in which the public viewed deadly mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Tucson, Ariz., as aberrations that did not reflect underlying problems in American society. The finding comes as new calls rise for an assault weapons ban from anti-gun advocates and lawmakers, including some lawmakers who have in the past staunchly defended the public’s right to bear arms, according to the report.

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown took the lives of 20 children and six adult school employees. The shooter, Adam Lanza, also killed his mother and himself.

Fifty-four percent said they favor stricter gun control laws in general, the highest percentage in the last five years. Still, this number is little changed. Since 2007, the percentage of those who say they favor stricter gun laws has hovered near 50 percent, and between 1992 and 2007, those who said they favored stricter gun laws averaged close to 60 percent.

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