Polls of the Week: April 13

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Gun Control and Deadly Force

In addition to sparking debate over racial tensions in the country, the Trayvon Martin shooting brought scrutiny from critics over gun control laws and use of deadly force as protection. In a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on April 13, 91 percent of people agreed on the need for background checks before a firearm can be sold and nearly 75 percent supported limiting the sale of automatic weapons; six percent said gun ownership should require none or very few restrictions. Nationally, 87 percent of those surveyed said they supported laws that allow Americans to use deadly force to protect themselves from danger in their home.

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