Via The Hill:
A new poll shows the public generally in favor of stricter gun laws in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., mass shooting, but opposing many specific measures, including a ban on assault weapons.
Fifty-eight percent say they back tightening gun control, up from 43 percent in October of 2011, according to a new poll from USA Today released Wednesday night.
But the poll also finds that specific proposals to stem gun violence have not seen increased support after the Newtown tragedy, which left 26 dead, including 20 children.
Fifty-one percent oppose re-instating the federal ban on assault weapons, with 44 percent supporting the move. That is almost unchanged from 2011, when the public opposed the weapons ban by a 53-43 split.
Twenty-four percent back banning the possession of handguns, with 74 percent opposing. That also shows little movement since 2011, when 26 percent backed a ban and 73 percent opposed.