New Polling Has Conservatives Worried

( – A poll taken before the deadly shooting at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday shows that most Americans believe Congress should pass stricter gun control legislation.

The poll shows that 59 percent of participants said it was “very” or “somewhat” important that leaders pass stricter gun control laws. Thirteen percent shared that it is “not too important” for elected leaders to enact stricter regulations, while a further 19 percent said it is “not important at all.”

The Morning Consult and POLITICO poll also showed that nine percent of participants had no opinion on the issue.

The poll also revealed that 34 percent believe restrictions on gun ownership should be a top priority for Congress, compared to 22 percent who believe it is an important but lower priority.

14 Percent said gun ownership restrictions are not too important but still a priority, while 23 percent believe Congress shouldn’t put new restrictions on gun ownership.

Most notably, a significant portion — 35 percent — said it is most important for the federal government to implement gun control laws “to prevent more mass shootings.”

Although the poll took place before Tuesday’s deadly shooting, there have been other mass shootings in recent weeks that may have impacted the poll’s results.

On May 14, 10 people were killed at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, and just last week, a shooter opened fire at a Southern California church, killing one and injuring several others.

Yet, despite calls for greater gun control, the Senate has not passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, which would require more individuals purchasing guns to undergo a background check.