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Polls on Gun Control, Defining Terrorism After San Bernardino Shooting

Last week’s shootings in San Bernardino, as well as Savannah and Houston, have brought devastation across the country. The New York Times reports that in 2015, a total of 462 people have died and 1,314 have been injured by gun violence. Citizens, politicians and President Obama have been commenting on the tragic events. President Obama recently spoke to citizens about to gun control and National Security from the Oval Office.



On Friday, Paragon Poll reached out to Twitter users to ask their opinions on the definition of terrorism, the chance of American gun laws changing after San Bernardino, and dialogue after mass shootings. Review the poll questions here, and although voting has closed, share your own answers in the comment section.



Voters overwhelming supported the idea that mass shootings should be considered terrorism. During polling, the media recently reported that the San Bernardino killers were ISIS followers, but not all voters may have been aware. We wonder how people would have voted if the question was in regards to other mass shootings not linked to terrorist groups, for example prompting the example of 2015’s Lafayette shooting in a movie theatre.




Voters believe that American gun laws will remain the same for the time being. One voter shared, “Sandy Hook didn’t so sadly this incident won’t either.” Interpreting “no change” may be good or bad depending on each person’s gun beliefs.




News coverage around these tragic events, especially when still developing stories, generates conversations across the nation and the world. In this poll, more people were outspoken on gun control rather than gun rights, while some people don’t discuss at all.

Overall, do you agree with the majority in these polls?

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