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Poll: Congress, Trump not doing enough to prevent mass shootings

New poll taken after Parkland rampage.
Nikolas Cruz in court on Monday (AP)
Nikolas Cruz in court on Monday (AP)
Published Feb. 20, 2018
Updated Feb. 20, 2018

Congress and President Donald Trump haven't done enough to prevent mass shootings in the wake of the Parkland tragedy, most Americans say in a new poll released Tuesday.

The Washington Post-ABC News poll, taken after the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, found more than 6 in 10 Americans say not enough has been done.

And 77 percent say more effective mental health screening and treatment could have prevented the shooting. Fifty-eight percent say say stricter gun control laws could have prevented the shooting.

But calls for a ban on assault weapons have not risen compared with two years ago, the pollsters found.  "Americans are roughly split on this proposal, with 50 percent in support and 46 percent opposed, a stark contrast from the 80 percent support for the ban in 1994, the year it was enacted. The current level of support is little different from 51 percent in 2016."

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