now CNN/ORC polls have found a signfiicant rise in the number of Americans calling for stricter gun laws in the wake of the Newtown slaughter. More than 50% in all polls now display this, with much higher figures backing specific proposals, such as (again) banning assault rifles.
A couple of points on the CNN poll. I find it interesting that at least 8 in 10 support background checks--and I bet many of them are unaware that currently 40% of guns get sold without that. Also interesting that most favor a new limit on the NUMBER of guns anyone can own--a great idea that is never discussed, as far as I know.
By the way, in case you ever wondered how many support a total ban on gun ownership beyond police: it's 15% in this poll.