Over half of Americans want to see gun restrictions loosened, not tightened, according to a new Gallup poll.
Fifty-five percent of Americans are dissatisfied with current gun laws, with a full 35 percent “very dissatisfied,” creating the largest gap in Gallup’s poll.
The number Americans who want fewer restrictions tripled from five to 16 percent in a single year. Support for more stringent gun laws declined by seven percent.
The public’s growing impatience with gun laws runs afoul of President Barack Obama’s pledge to unilaterally enact new restrictions in 2014 in light of recent mass shootings.
“I have seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, and police officers all over this country who say ‘we are not afraid,’ and I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook,” Obama said in his State of the Union address.(RELATED: Obama vows to pursue gun control ‘with or without’ Congress)
Obama also accused anti-gun control Americans of wanting to see guns “in the hands of dangerous people” in a speech made in September, after the Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C. claimed the lives of 12 servicemen.