May 26, 2022 18:25 UTC
  •  88% of Americans in new poll support background checks on all gun sales

A vast majority of Americans in a new poll support background checks on all gun sales, one day after the mass shooting at an elementary school in the US state of Texas.

The survey from Morning Consult and Politico, released on Thursday, showed that 73 percent of respondents “strongly support” universal background checks, and 15 percent “somewhat support” the requirement, The Hill reported.

The poll showed that only 4 percent of the people questioned said they “somewhat oppose” the background checks, and another 4 percent “strongly oppose” them.

About 81 percent of people said they back making private gun sales and sales at gun show conditional to background checks.

Moreover, some 84 percent of Americans said they would support “preventing sales of all firearms to people who have been reported as dangerous to law enforcement by a mental health provider.”

Seventy-nine percent strongly or somewhat support “barring gun purchases by people on the federal no-fly or watch lists.”

Meanwhile, 75 percent, meanwhile, strongly or somewhat support “creating a national database with information about each gun sale,” and 67 percent support banning assault-style weapons.

On Tuesday, a gunman shot dead 19 young children and two adults at an elementary school in the US state of Texas, in the deadliest US school shooting since the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut, in which 20 children and six staff were killed. Seventeen people were also injured in the shooting.

US President Joe Biden denounced the US gun lobby and vowed to end the nation's cycle of mass shootings.

"It's time to turn this pain into action for every parent, for every citizen of this country," Biden said.

"It's time for those who obstruct or delay or block commonsense gun laws -- we need to let you know that we will not forget," he said. "As a nation, we have to ask when in God's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby."

The deadly violence in Texas follows a series of mass shootings in the United States this month.

On May 14, an 18-year-old white man shot 10 people dead at a Buffalo, New York grocery store.

More than 3,000 children and teens have been shot and killed and 15,000 more have been shot and injured since Sandy Hook, according to data from Everytown for Gun Safety, which tracks gun violence and other shootings on school grounds.

The Sandy Hook school shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six adult staff members, before killing himself. Prior to driving to the school, Lanza shot and killed his mother at their home.