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Americans don’t think a new wave of gun laws will prevent future mass  shootings, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Only 39 percent of Americans think the new laws would stop gun violence, according to the poll from CNN and TIME, compared to 61  percent who think it will continue. In December 1993, as then-President Bill  Clinton was preparing a crime bill with gun control elements, 49 percent thought  new laws would stop violence.

The poll also found 55 percent of Americans favored stricter  gun laws, including 56 percent who support an assault weapon ban and 56 percent  who think existing gun laws make it too easy to buy a gun. Forty percent think  the law makes it just difficult enough.

But the poll also shows significant support for positions advocated by the  National Rifle Association. Forty-eight percent said they generally agree with  the NRA, and 42 percent said they generally disagree. Fifty-four percent also  favored a proposal, backed by the NRA, to put armed guards in every school in  the country. Forty-seven percent said armed guards would do more than gun laws  to reduce violence in schools. Forty percent said the opposite.

The poll of 814 adults was conducted on Jan. 14 and Jan. 15. The margin of  error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


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