Vast majority of Americans believe mass shootings preventable
State of play: About 76% of Americans surveyed said they believed mass shootings are something "we can prevent and stop if we really tried," and not something that must be accepted "as part of a free society."
- 62% of those surveyed said they support a nationwide ban on AR-15s.
- Among parents of school-aged children, 77% said they were somewhat or very concerned about the threat of gun violence at their children's schools.
- This represents an increase from last year, when 72% of parents surveyed said the same, per CBS News.
- The threat of gun violence weighs on children too; About 61% of parents surveyed said their children worried about gun violence at school "sometimes" or "a lot."
Zoom out: So far, there have been more mass shootings than days in 2023. As of Monday, there have been at least 162 mass shootings in the U.S., according to the Gun Violence Archive.
- A recent survey revealed that one in five U.S. adults has been personally threatened with a gun, and one in six have witnessed someone being shot, Axios' Sareen Habeshian writes.
Methodology: This CBS News/YouGov survey was conducted April 12-14 among a nationally representative sample of 2,065 adults. The margin of sampling error is ±3.2 points at a 95% confidence level.