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Americans Interest in Gun Control Drops

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A man wears an unloaded pistol during a pro gun-rights rally at the state capitol, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Austin, Texas. Gun rights supporters rallied across the United States to counter a recent wave of student-led protests against gun violence. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) VOA

In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, many Americans said gun control was the most important issue facing the country.

That has changed, despite high profile events like school walk outs and the March for Our Lives protests.

A recent Gallup public opinion poll found those who think gun control is the most important issue dropped from 13 percent, a record, to six percent in just one month.

Now, more Americans think dissatisfaction with government (23 percent), immigration (11 percent) and race relations (seven percent) are all more important than gun control.

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A person holding a gun. Pixabay

Gallup noted gun control interest spikes after shootings, but the “effects have tended to be temporary.”   But the polling organization said interest in the topic of gun control remains “elevated by historical standards,” adding that since 2001, it has been mentioned, on average, by one percent of Americans as the top problem in the U.S.

In the immediate aftermath of the 2012 shooting in Sandy Hook, four percent of Americans said gun control was the top issue, a jump from zero percent.  Gallup said it remained high for a “few months” and even got as high as seven percent, but when Congress did not pass gun control legislation, the percentage of Americans saying gun control as the top issue dropped back to zero.

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, Gallup found Democrats were twice as likely to think gun violence is among the most important issues compared to Republicans by eight to four percent respectively.  Democrats also saw the biggest drop in those saying guns were the top problem, dropping by half in just one month.

The Parkland shooting did spur the House of Representatives to pass “The STOP School Violence Act“, which authorizes $50 million per year to fund initiatives and otheThe Parkland shooting did spur the House of Representatives to pass “The r training aimed at enhancing school safety.  The bill would also provide $25 million to make schools less vulnerable by adding metal detectors, better door locks and response technologies to allow schools to notify law enforcement about emergencies.

The April Gallup poll contacted 1,015 adults, aged 18 and older, in all 50 states and Washington D.C. between April 2-11.  The margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points.  VOA

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Donald Trump Says That All Americans Were Hurt By Uncontrolled Illegal Migration

Trump's address on Tuesday comes before his scheduled visit to the US-Mexico border region on Thursday

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Indian American Congressman asks Trump to end government shutdown. VOA

In a primetime address to the nation over the “growing humanitarian and security crisis” at the US-Mexico border, President Donald Trump said that all Americans were hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration.

“My fellow Americans, tonight I’m speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” CNN quoted Trump as saying in his speech televised live from the Oval Office on Tuesday night.

“All Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration… It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages.”

The immigration matter, Trump said, was “a crisis of the heart, a crisis of the soul”.

The President said that the US could no longer accommodate immigrants who enter the country illegally.

“We are out of space to hold them and we have no way to promptly return them back home to their country,” Trump said.

The President then went on to blame the Democrats for an 18-day partial government shutdown, saying the matter could be easily resolved if his political opponents cede to his demands on border funding.

“The government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: the Democrats will not fund border security,” Trump said.

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U.S. President Donald Trump. VOA

Democrats have expressed support for border security steps like enhanced technology, but have refused to provide support for a border barrier.

Donald Trump said he would resume talks with Democrats on Wednesday.

The President however, did not declare a national emergency due to the crisis, which could have allowed him to fund his promised border wall without congressional approval, CNN said.

Soon after his speech, the Democrats slammed Trump with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying that the no president should demand “he gets his way or else the government shuts down”.

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“No president should pound the table and demand he gets his way or else the government shuts down. Hurting millions of Americans who are treated as leverage” he said on late Tuesday night, speaking alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“We don’t govern by temper tantrum.”

Pelosi added: “President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must re-open the government.”

Trump’s address on Tuesday comes before his scheduled visit to the US-Mexico border region on Thursday. (IANS)