A recent poll found that a majority of Americans blame mass shootings on a mental health crisis in America, not a lack of gun bans and other measures of gun control.
The latest Rasmussen poll found that more Americans are fearful of the lack of mental health support for people likely to engage in mass shootings.
“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 42 percent of Likely U.S. voters believe mental health is more to blame for mass shootings in America, while 29 percent blame access to firearms. Another 11 percent say social media is more to blame for mass shootings, while seven percent (7 percent) blame school problems and six percent (6 percent) think family problems are more to blame. These findings are only slightly changed from March 2022,” the polling group wrote on April 11.
Also, about 67 percent of voters believe it is likely that the attack on Nashville’s Covenant School will inspire “copycat” attacks on Christian schools, which includes 32 percent who think it’s very likely. While 20 percent don’t think it will happen and 12 are not sure.
As to the party split, 54 percent of Republicans, 33 percent of Democrats, and 41 percent of independents say mental health is more to blame for mass shootings. On the other hand, 43 percent of Democrats, 10 percent of Republicans, and 31 percent of independents blame easy firearm access.
Finally, on the responses split by race: 45 percent of white voters, 29 percent of black voters, and 42 percent of other non-black minorities are more to blame for mass shootings, whereas 30 percent of white voters, 28 percent of black voters, and 24 percent of non-black minorities place more blame on firearm access. Black voters are more likely to blame school problems for causing mass shootings.
The left is not winning this issue even with a rise in mass shootings.