October 16, 2017 – The Jack News released the results of its latest online survey, about whether Congress should ban bump stocks.
At the Las Vegas massacre a fortnight ago, 58 people were killed by a mass murderer who opened fire on participants at an open-air country music festival. More than 500 additional people were injured.
According to news reports following the shooting deaths, it was discovered that the assailant had numerous semi-automatic weapons, and that some of them had been converted to simulate fully-automatic weapons through the addition of a “bump stock.”
The question asked was, “Should Congress ban bump stocks (which simulate automatic fire) in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas?”
In response, 73 percent said no, and 27 percent said yes.
Other polls on the subject show sharp divisions – although not necessarily in the same direction as readers of The Jack News.
A poll conducted by NPR-Ipsos, and released on Friday, found that 82 percent of respondents believed that “bump stocks” should be banned. A similar number, 78 percent, favored banning high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
In general, that poll found that 45 percent said that restrictions on guns should be a lot tighter, while another 23 percent said the policies should be somewhat stricter.
Another poll released on Thursday by Quinnipiac University found that 73 percent in their survey group supported banning bump stocks, with 60 percent supporting stricter gun laws, an all-time high for Quinnipiac.
According to a survey conducted by Morning Consult shortly after the massacre, 72 percent of registered voters favor a ban on bump stocks. The measure netted 68 percent support from Republicans, while Democrats favored it by 79 percent.
Even states with a high percentage of Republicans are open to banning bump stocks. According to a poll released Sunday by Dan Jones and Associates, 69 percent of Utahns favor Congress banning bump stocks. Another 26 percent were opposed, and 5 percent were undecided, according to the poll.