POLL: 60% Fear Mass Shooting In Own Community

From a new ABC/Washington Post poll:

With six in 10 worried about a mass shooting in their own community, Americans by a 17-point margin express confidence that stricter gun control laws would reduce such incidents, and even more widely endorse improved mental health monitoring and treatment to that end.

Two measures, specifically, remain overwhelmingly popular: 89% in this ABC News/Washington Post poll support background checks for all gun purchases, including private and gun show sales; and 86 percent back “red flag” laws allowing the police to take guns from individuals found by a judge to be a danger.

The public by a 15-point margin, 56-41 percent, supports banning the sale of assault weapons. That’s off its recent peak, 62 percent, after the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last year, but well up from its low, 45 percent in late 2015.