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Support for stricter gun control rises 18 percent in latest poll

Support for stricter gun control rises 18 percent in latest poll

Support for stricter gun laws has jumped 18 points since October, with 70 percent of Americans calling for action, according to a new poll released Sunday by CNN.

Responding to the question “Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws?” seven in 10 respondents said they were in favor.

The gun control debate was reignited earlier this month after 17 people were killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. When the same question was asked in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting in October, only 52 percent of respondents said yes.

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said on “Meet the Press” Sunday morning that he hoped his bill with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to expand background checks had a chance at a vote.

“I’ve spent a lot of hours on the phone and communicating other ways with my colleagues this week,” said Toomey. “I do think there are some members who were not supportive in the past and are reconsidering. I haven’t gotten anyone who said, ‘Yes, sign me up,’ but there are definitely members who are reconsidering. The president’s expression of support for strengthening our background check system is very constructive.”

Slideshow: Florida school shooting prompts gun-control rallies >>>

The bill, originally crafted in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., fell in April 2013 after four Democrats and 41 Republicans voted no. It failed again in 2015 in the wake up the San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting. It seems unlikely any sort of gun control legislation could pass the House, where the conservative faction is demanding to include a measure that would allow gun owners with concealed-carry permits to take their weapons across state lines.

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., a combat veteran who lost his legs in Afghanistan, wrote a New York Times op-ed this weekend explaining why he now supported a ban on assault weapons. He elaborated further on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

“It pains me to know that I went out there willing to defend my country, willing to give everything with almost the exact same weapon that’s used to go out there and unfortunately kill children in Parkland,” said Mast. “I think there’s a very real opportunity here for response and here for action, and that’s what really brought me to my change of heart in talking about this.”

Slideshow: High school students across the U.S. protest gun violence >>>

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., during a town hall Wednesday evening. While Rubio seeminglymeant to imply such a measure would be impossible, he was met with raucous app

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