Most US adults think gun violence is increasing and they want to see stricter gun control laws

A new poll finds that most people — including many Republicans and gun owners — support a variety of gun restrictions.

A new poll conducted by the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that

majorities of American adults view both reducing gun violence and protecting gun ownership as important issues.

A poll was conducted between July 28 and Aug. 1, after a string of mass shootings: a New York grocery store, a school in Texas, and a July 4 parade in Illinois.

And a spike in gun killings—which has led to more attention being focused on the issue of gun violence.

Overall, 8 in 10 Americans perceive that gun violence is on the rise, and about two-thirds say it's happening in their state.

Although only half of those polled believe that crime is increasing in their community, the poll shows.

The issue of how to prevent such violence has long divided politicians and many voters. It is difficult to change gun laws because of this division.

In June, the Supreme Court ruled that citizens have a right to carry firearms in public for self-defense.

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