11. But particular policies to control guns often are.
An August CNN/ORC poll asked respondents whether they favor or oppose a number of specific policies to restrict gun ownership. And when you drill down to that level, many policies, including banning the manufacture and possession of semi-automatic rifles, are popular. About 90 percent support background checks and no guns for felons or the mentally ill.
12. Shootings don't tend to substantially affect views on gun control.
That, at least, is what the Pew Research Center found in a poll taken after the Colorado movie theater shooting that killed 12.