Washington Ceasefire has released results of a poll to gauge public awareness of current gun laws.
The poll, by Alison Peters Consulting, surveyed 600 registered voters statewide on gun-related issues including a proposed ban on assault rifles, universal background checks, and tougher penalties for juveniles who commit gun crimes.
If you ask Washington Ceasefire, the desire for gun control is carved into our collective conscience, something voters clearly want.
We have a situation where 9 out of 10 people all across the state want universal background checks, says Ralph Fascitelli with WA Ceasefire.
Yet Fascitelli says gun rights advocates continue to block any attempt to keep guns out of the wrong hands. We are in the dark ages when it comes to common sense gun control legislation.
Scenes from Sandy Hook have reignited the fight. The shooter used a semi-automatic weapon when he killed 20 children and six staff members. WA Ceasefire is now pushing for tougher legislation, including a ban on semi-automatic assault rifles.
Universal background checks is something Fascetelli says has almost universal support: 74 percent of NRA households want universal background checks.
Fascitelli admits despite public support in their poll they face an uphill battle.
This is the will of the people, and it's not happened, says Fascitelli.
Gun rights advocates like Dave Workman insist guns, including semi-automatic assault rifles, aren't the problem.
There are millions of those firearms in circulation. and what you're suggesting is to penalize all those people for the acts of a couple of crazy people, says Workman.
Workman says more regulation dilutes the second amendment. He feels background checks ARE universal in Washington State. And that making semi-automatic assault rifles go away won't make the violence go away.
Well, it's the bill of rights not the bill of needs. And people have a right to own a firearm like that, says Workman.
The poll included both landline and cellphones and has a 95 percent confidence level and an error margin of four percent.