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Poll: Support for Increased Gun Control Down Since Post-Parkland High

Participants hold up signs as students and gun control advocates hold the “March for Our Lives” event demanding gun control after recent school shootings at a rally in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Public support for more stringent gun-control legislation has decreased significantly after surging in the wake of the February mass shooting that claimed 17 lives in Parkland, Fla., according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

The number of respondents who support “stricter gun control laws” has fallen ten percentage points after peaking at 66 percent on February 20, just six days after the Parkland massacre.

Survivors of the Parkland shooting mustered increased public support for stricter gun-control legislation in the wake of the mass shooting, appearing frequently on cable-news programs to call for reforms like universal background checks, an assault-rifle ban, and increased age restrictions on weapons purchases.

The movement culminated in the March for Our Lives, a mass protest for increased gun-control measures that brought hundreds of thousands of people to Washington, D.C. and other cities across the country in late March.

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