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1. SOUNDBITE: JENNIFER AGIESTA - AP, Director of Polling:

The new AP, GFK poll on gun control laws finds that there is stronger support now following the attack in New Town Connecticut for stricter guns laws than there was after Virginia tech in April of 2007. 58 percent of Americans say they want the gun laws to be more strict than they are now.

About three quarters of Americans say they reacted to Newtown with very deep feelings of anger and that levels is actually higher than a previous study found shortly after the Sept 11 attacks, which was the previous high. We also found that a majority of Americans had very deep feelings of being ashamed that this could happen in the US and that's higher than the share that said that after the Virginia Tech shootings and after Hurricane Katrina. There's actually majority support for a ban on military style weapons which are rapid fire guns, the sorts of guns that were banned after under the assault weapons ban that expired a few years back. There's also strong support for federal level background checks and banning high capacity magazines. And over 8 in 10 who support federal level background checks for those who are trying to buy guns at gun shows.

2. File of Newtown Connecticut scene

3. AP Still of 9/11 attacks

4. Wide of guns at guns shows.


A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that nearly six in 10 Americans want stricter gun laws following last month's deadly elementary school shooting in Connecticut.

Majorities favor a national ban on military-style, rapid-fire weapons and limits on gun violence depicted in video games, movies and TV shows.

And the poll shows a lopsided 84 percent want background checks for those buying weapons at gun shows.

The poll comes as President Barack Obama prepares a wide-ranging package of steps for reducing gun violence.

It's expected to include universal background checks, limits on the capacity of ammunition magazines and a ban on assault weapons.

Many of those proposals face stiff congressional opposition, mostly from Republicans.

But the poll shows that the general public seems more receptive to strong gun control proposals.


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