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Poll: Stricter gun laws would not have stopped mass shooting

Hamden, C.T. -- A new poll says more than half of Americans support tougher gun laws, but they don't think they would have prevented last month's Navy Yard shooting.

According to the poll done by Quinnipiac University, 61% of those surveyed say stricter gun laws would not have stopped the shooting. Meanwhile, another 32% believe tougher gun laws could have prevented it.

Aaron Alexis, a military contractor, killed 12 people and injured four others before he was shot and killed. The FBI says Alexis believed he was controlled or influenced by electromagnetic waves.

According to the poll, 88% of those surveyed support laws to prevent people with mental illness from purchasing guns, and 89% support requiring background checks for all gun buyers.

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Washington Times