While some Democrats, such as New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, have urged new laws, the anti-gun movement doesn’t have the votes on Capitol Hill and are waiting for the presidential election to decide the next move.
Neither President Obama’s new calls for gun control or the public’s reaction to the horrific church killings in Charleston, S.C., have boosted support for White House action on pistols and rifles, according to a new CNN Poll.
In fact, support is below what CNN registered after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, which did not result in any new gun policies.
The new CNN/ORC poll found that 42 percent approve of the way Obama is handling gun policy compared to 53 percent who do not approve. In two early 2013 polls following the Sandy Hook killings, the president’s approval on gun policy reached 46 percent. The issue splits on racial lines, however, with 61 percent of whites disapproving of the president’s gun policies and 79 percent of blacks approving.
As a result, several congressional and pro-gun sources said that support for broad gun control and a new assault weapons ban are dead on Capitol Hill.