Poll: Most Americans favor stricter gun laws, but tighter rules alone not enough

January 16, 2013

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Most Americans say they generally favor stricter gun control laws, but only about four-in-ten say stricter gun control regulations alone would reduce gun violence, according to a new CNN/Time Magazine/ORC International survey. Fifty-five percent say they favor stricter gun laws, while just 39 percent say stricter gun controls alone would reduce violence.

* The National Rifle Association came out against President Obama's gun control proposals on Wednesday, saying, "Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy.”

* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is likely to step back on the issue of guns, Senate Democratic aides said, allowing longtime gun control advocates such as Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), to steer legislation to consideration by the full Senate. Reid is the recipient of a "B" rating from the National Rifle Association.

* The White House called a NRA ad released online Tuesday “repugnant and cowardly.” The ad labels Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for letting armed guards protect his own children while simultaneously declaring skepticism about a proposal to put armed security in schools.

* Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a gun rights supporter who could emerge as a key player in the gun control debate said he was disappointed that Obama didn't recommend the creation of a national mass violence commission like he proposed. Manchin did not react to the substance of Obama's proposals, saying that he has not had a chance to review the plan yet.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS:

* Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) said in an interview that he is seriously considering a run for the open Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.). But, in the interview with Hoppy Kercheval, he also said he hasn’t had the requisite “fire in the belly” in recent campaigns. Kercheval also spoke with another potential Democratic Senate candidate, Ralph Baxter, who confirmed he is weighing a bid.

* Former Republican congressman Allen West won't run for Florida's 18th District seat again in 2014. "My sights and objectives, political and otherwise, are focused on something far greater," said West, who will host a show for the conservative Web site PJ Media . West lost a very close race to now-Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) in 2012.

* The National Republican Congressional Committee released a list of the top seven Democratic incumbents it has set it sights on ahead of the 2014 election: Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.), Ron Barber (Ariz.), John Barrow (Ga.), Collin Peterson (Minn.), Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Jim Matheson (Utah), and Rahall. Peterson is particularly interesting; he's taken less than 60 percent of the vote only once in the last 20 years (2010), even as Mitt Romney won his district by ten points in 2012.

* Fox News has signed on former Ohio Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich as a contributor.

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