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Stronger Gun Laws Wanted in Pa., Poll Says

See what Pennsylvania voters think of stricter gun laws and add your opinion.

Stricter gun laws are a topic many people are talking about.

A number of local college presidents have signed a letter asking for more gun control, including Jane McAuliffe of Bryn Mawr College, Kathleen Ownes of Gwynedd-Mercy College, Joanne V. Creighton of Haverford College, Daniel H. Weiss of Lafayette College, Peyton Helm of Muhlenburg College, Rebecca Chopp of Swarthmore College, Bobby Fong of Ursinus College and Rev. Peter M. Donohue of Villanova University.

Pennsylvania voters think the federal government should have stricter gun laws, according to the latest poll from Quinnipiac University. The poll found 60 percent of those polled are in favor of stricter laws, while 5 percent thought the laws should be less strict and 32 percent thought the laws should be kept the same.

Of those polled, 95 percent favored background checks for all gun buyers.

"Pennsylvanians join voters in Virginia and New Jersey, states where Quinnipiac University has found overwhelming support for background checks for every gun purchase," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in a press release.

When it comes to assault weapons, 60 percent favored a national ban with 37 percent opposing it. The split was about the same for a national ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets with 59 percent in favor of the ban and 39 percent opposing it.

"Keystone State voters, especially voters in urban areas, seem to have had enough of gun violence’” Malloy said. “By large margins, voters don't think assault weapons belong in the hands of any gun owner. Restrict the firepower of assault weapons or ban them entirely, Pennsylvanians say.” 

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,221 registered voters between January 22 and 27. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent.

So what do you think about gun laws? Should background checks be mandatory? Should assault weapons be banned? How about high-capacity magazines? Share your thoughts in the comments area below.

Morgan King March 09, 2013 at 05:44 AM
You're certainly right about that - there's a lot more to this than just gun control. We're well over the precipice of a generational change that rebukes copy-pasting easily-debunked rhetoric and are eager to debate core philosophies and promote scientific findings and hard numbers when it comes to steering the growth of our nation over the coming years. Do we value the right to bear arms as a cornerstone of American ethos? Of course. Does that mean that your average Calvin-pissing-on-something Bud-can-shooting black-helicopter-paranoid assault-weapon-enthusiast gets the last word in the modern interpretation of the 2nd Amendment? Of course not. Ultimately, if you can't respect the lethality of a firearm enough to put up with some DMV-grade time-wasting if it means a handful of violent douchebags have a slightly harder time buying a gun, then, no we don't care about what you feel is necessary to defend yourself from phantom bad guys that will, statistically, never attack you, and will never actually be shot by you. Until conservatives and liberals are willing to have a real conversation on the fundamental purpose of bearing arms in a civil society, this discussion is going to be mired in ineffective idiocy about arbitrary magazine sizes, assault rifle semantics, and the Constitutional right to sport-shooting as a hobby. So, it's easier to get sidetracked by the esoteric than to tackle that head on, hence this meandering thread.
Morgan King March 09, 2013 at 05:51 AM
Also, for whatever its worth, if you Chestnut Hill and Mt Airy (or whoever wants to make the drive in) folk ever want to have a few beers and argue about some political crap in person, I'd be totally down for that. Earth? McMenamins? Campbells? I bet we can agree on more than it seems like we would.
ron March 09, 2013 at 05:55 AM
@ Jill. I agree. But conservatives must also be carefull not to tell people how to live. Thats why i like a smaller government. Government should be like your butt hole, you know its there but you dont see it very often. Ooops there i go being politically incorrect again. My apologies to those who like to bend over in front of a mirror and look at theirs.
ron March 09, 2013 at 06:09 AM
@ Jill. Thanks for the compliment. Go easy on Morgan. If you read his posts on various articals you will see he does care about all people and wants what is best for everyone. He is just very passionate about his beliefs just like we are.
ron March 09, 2013 at 06:24 AM
@ Morgan. Thanks for teaching me new words. Although LOL I do curse you everytime i have to run to the dictionary just to figure out what the hell you are trying to say. LOL Just kidding.

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