The Common Good

Analysis: Move on assault weapons creates risks for Obama

Source: Reuters
Date: January 15, 2013

Public sentiment shifted in favor of increased gun-control measures after the December 14 shootings in Newtown but an assault-rifle ban is less popular than other proposals.

A Pew Research Center pool showed 85 percent of Americans favor broadening background checks to private and gun-show sales and 55 percent back an assault-rifle ban. Other polls show similar results

Biden told gun-control advocates this month that expanding the background-check system to cover private sales and gun shows would be the single most effective way to reduce gun violence, said Vincent DeMarco, national coordinator of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence.