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Survey: Americans Divided Over Gun Policy Issues

A new survey reveals Americans are deeply divided on gun policy issues, just as they are over immigration, health care and other political matters that have polarized the nation. The survey, released Thursday by Pew Research Center, found sharp differences among gun owners and those who don’t own firearms. More than half of gun owners support the creation of a federal database to track gun sales, while 80 percent of non-gun owners support such an effort. Just fewer than half of gun owners favor a ban on assault weapons, compared…

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Key findings from new study on Americans’ attitudes on guns

The nonpartisan Pew Research Center released a poll Thursday that seeks to measure Americans’ relationship with guns and attitudes toward gun policies. The survey involved 3,930 adults who were first contacted by phone and then completed surveys online during two periods: March 13-27 and April 4-18. Among those polled, 1,269 identified themselves as gun owners while 2,608 said they did not own a firearm. The margin of error for the survey is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points. Among the central findings: -People have considerable exposure … Read the referenced story…

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Americans and guns: It’s really complicated, survey shows

ATLANTA (AP) — Americans have long had a complex relationship with guns. Now, a new study shows that the country’s deep political divide is reflected in attitudes toward gun control. The Pew survey released Thursday found a sharp drop in overall support for gun control despite common ground on some key issues. For example, when people were asked whether it was more important to protect gun rights or control gun ownership, 51 percent favored gun control and 47 percent favored gun rights. Compare that with … Read the referenced story here:…

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South Dakota Native Americans Struggle With Homelessness

Webster Allen Two Hawk Jr. had not had a drink in six weeks – one of the conditions for getting a bed at the Rapid City, South Dakota rescue mission. But the 55-year-old Sicangu Lakota artist had received some bad news that cold day in March: All of his artwork had been stolen. In his distress, Two Hawk got drunk with friends in a downtown park. When he returned to the mission to sleep, he was turned away. “So, my brother sat down by some of those big electrical boxes…

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