More Americans believe mental illness is a leading cause of gun violence. More so than any other factor, including access to guns, reported Politico. Support for stricter gun laws has fallen below 50 percent.
Forty-eight percent of those surveyed blamed mental illness a great deal in the Gallup poll released last week, the same number as a poll taken just after a 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., at then-Rep. Gabby Giffords’s congressional event.
The number who blame easy access to guns a great deal for shootings, however, has decreased 6 points since January 2011, to 40 percent. Drug use was blamed next, at 37 percent, a drop of 5 points, and violent movies, video games and music was at 32 percent.
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