Rasmussen Poll: Americans Want Better Gun Law Enforcement, Not New Gun Laws

According to a Jan. 16-17 Rasmussen poll, 57 percent of Americans think "stricter enforcement of existing gun control laws" is more important than creating new gun laws and only 32 percent of those polled think creation of new gun control laws is more important than stricter enforcement.

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After the Sandy Hook school shooting, President Barack Obama introduced 23 new proposals on gun control and restrictions, purportedly in response to public demand. Senior White House advisor David Plouffe told the AP that the "common-sense proposals" engendered "enormous support" from the American people.

But, as Kelsey Osterman writes in redalertpolitics.com on Jan. 21, maybe that assumption is premature.

"If the POTUS really wants to listen to what the people want," Osterman writes, "he needs to face the fact that enforcement -- not legislation -- is the word of the day."