Half of all Americans support President Barack Obama's executive actions on gun control, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Tuesday, with a majority saying they would support the next president taking additional steps to tighten federal gun laws.
Obama, frustrated with inaction from lawmakers, ordered stricter gun rules last week that he can impose without Congress' help, angering Republicans who say he is overstepping the boundaries of his office.
Fifty percent of those surveyed said they supported Obama's executive actions. More than 80 percent of those from his own party said they were in favor of his steps, while 72 percent of Republicans opposed them and said his successor should try to dismantle them.
The survey of 1,559 Americans was conducted from Jan. 8 to 12, with a credibility interval of 3.2 percentage points.
I would be willing to believe that the number is much higher for wanting to increase background checks and keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and those who are identified as a potential terrorist.
Which for that last one I would contend is just about everybody who calls themselves a sovereign citizen, participates in open carry demonstrations, and/or belongs to a militia.
In other news NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre has challenged President Obama to a debate. (As you know the NRA was invited to the President's recent town hall on gun control, but refused to attend.)
I would contend that the only reason that LaPierre is asking for this is because he believes Obama has too much on his plate to make time for it, but I would not be surprised if the President took him up on his offer and then just cleaned his clock for him.