After Newtown — Public Opinion on Gun Policy and Mental Illness

… As policymakers consider options to reduce gun violence, they should understand public attitudes about various violence-prevention proposals, including policies affecting persons with mental illness; past research findings on Americans’ attitudes about policies for curbing gun violence need to be updated. In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, it’s also important to understand how Americans view mental illness.

To examine these issues, we conducted two national public opinion surveys between January 2 and January 14, 2013, with the survey research firm GfK Knowledge Networks, using equal-probability sampling from a sample frame of residential addresses covering 97% of U.S. households. [cont.]

Barry, McGinty, Vernick & Webster, New England Journal of Medicine

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