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Majority blames Congress, Trump for not doing more to prevent mass shootings

Majority blames Congress, Trump for not doing more to prevent mass shootings

Most Americans say Congress and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE are not doing enough to prevent mass shootings in the USA, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll out early Tuesday.

Asked if President Trump is or is not doing enough to try to prevent mass shootings in this country, a net 62 percent (50 percent way strongly, 11 percent somewhat strongly) felt he as not doing enough.

The Post-ABC poll also finds that 58 percent of adults say stricter gun-control laws could have prevented the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but there is no rise in support for banning assault weapons compared with two years ago and the partisan divide on this policy is as stark as ever.

Meanwhile, some 51% said armed teachers could have helped prevent the Parkland shooting, against 42% that leaned the other way. Majorities across party lines express frustration with Congress, while views of Trump are more divided.

The shooting at the school in Parkland, Fla., last Wednesday by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz who used an AR-15-style rifle to gun down his former classmates, ignited the contentious debate about creating stronger background checks and barring the purchase of assault weapons.

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The Parkland shooting, which left 15 students and two teachers dead, occurred on February 14. Among party lines, 86% of Democrats and 57% of independents said stricter gun control would have prevented it, but only 29% of Republicans said the same thing.

Any gun laws aimed at restricting rather than increasing gun access face a mountain of opposition on Capitol Hill, with GOP lawmakers backed by the National Rifle Association asserting Second Amendment liberties at any regulation.

The same can't be said for gun control. A slight majority of Democrats, 52 percent, say they mainly reflect inadequate gun laws.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll questioned more than 800 people nationwide after the shooting attack that killed 17 people at a South Florida high school last week. Somewhat similar numbers again were found in the CBS News Pulse nightclub poll - with 57 percent in favor such a ban back in 2016.