Most Americans Expect Next Mass Shooting to Happen in Next Three Months: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

A woman holds a placard bearing the likeness of a shooting target during a rally against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump after last weekend's shooting at a Walmart store, in El Paso, Texas, U.S., August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
A woman holds a placard bearing the likeness of a shooting target during a rally against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump after last weekend's shooting at a Walmart store, in El Paso, Texas, U.S., August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Nearly half of all Americans expect another mass shooting will happen soon in the United States, according to a Reuters/Ipsos public opinion poll released on Friday, as the nation reels from rampages in California, Texas and Ohio.

The Aug. 7-8 survey found that 78% of Americans said it was likely that such an attack would take place in the next three months, including 49% who said one was “highly likely.” Another 10% said a mass shooting was unlikely in three months and the rest said they did not know.

The poll was conducted after two mass shootings earlier in August in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, and a third in Gilroy, California, last month that left 36 people dead. The attacks have rattled the country and renewed calls for tougher gun laws.

“You are on guard because you never know when it’s going to happen and where,” said Suzanne Fink, 59, a Republican from Troutman, North Carolina. “It has been happening much too often and it’s like a copycat effect.”

There is no set definition of a mass shooting, but the nonprofit organization Gun Violence Archive has tallied more than 250 such incidents so far this year alone – for an average of more than one a day – a widely cited figure that counts events in which four or more people were either shot and killed or shot and wounded.

Following the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, Democrats, including several 2020 presidential candidates criticized Republican President Donald Trump for rhetoric they labeled as racist and hard-line immigration polices, saying they stoked violence.

Former Texas congressman and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on Wednesday called the shooting in El Paso “an act of terror inspired by your racism” in response to a tweet by Trump.

The president, who condemned “sinister ideologies” and hate in a televised speech on Monday, has expressed support for tightening background checks for gun purchases.

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday he would not call the Senate back early to consider new gun legislation, rejecting a plea from more than 200 U.S. mayors, including two whose cities endured mass shootings last weekend.

According to the poll, 69% of U.S. adults want “strong” or “moderate” restrictions placed on firearms.

The poll also found that half of all Americans, including two-thirds of Democrats and a third of Republicans, believe that “the way people talk about immigration encourages acts of violence.”

A majority of U.S. adults considers “random acts of violence,” including mass shootings, to be the biggest threat to their safety, while one in four pointed to politically or religiously motivated domestic terrorism as the biggest safety threat. About one in six cited foreign terrorism.

People cited mental health, racism and bigotry and easy access to firearms as the top three causes of mass shootings in the United States, while only about one in six – and one in four Republicans – said in the poll that video games were to blame.

In his speech on Monday, Trump mentioned video games and mental illness as factors in mass shootings. Research studies have shown no link between violent video games and shootings.

Walmart said on Friday it has asked employees at its stores across the United States to take down signs and playable demos of violent video games but has made no changes to its policy on selling firearms.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English throughout the United States. It gathered responses from 1,116 adults and has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

(Reporting by Maria Caspani; Editing by Chris Kahn and Jonathan Oatis)

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Jill
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Mental health, racism, and bigotry are not the causes of gun trouble. It is caused by lack of values of which we are constantly taught by the bigoted, racist left. Mental health is certainly a concern, but I recently spoke with a NY psychiatrist on a cross country flight. She said that people have very little connection to other people. They need one on one relationships that are not being made on social media. People need people face to face and deep relationships. Our busy lives do not take time to develop deep relationships with accountability for each other. Individuals… Read more »

Robin
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This report listed mental health, racism, bigotry, and easy access to fire arms as causes of these horrific shootings. I would say that mental health problems lead to bigotry and racism. People of different colors may have learned to harbor wary feelings of other races, but would never dream of committing violence against others. As a national family, we need to prove that all of these bigoted and racist sentiments against ALL of us are mistaken. I think we all think we know a “nutcase” when we see one. That, obviously, is not always true. Now. How do we keep… Read more »

John Straub
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John Straub

Like to know who is conducting these polls. The media has so slanted the story with complete fabrications in too many cases. Initial reports have misleading information. blame on the NRA, conservatives and gun owners in general. I cannot believe that any Americans would be so willing to give up any of their Constitutional rights. And I will tell you, if they manage to change or nullify the 2nd Amendment, it won’t be long before they start nullifying more of your rights.

Charles
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Charles

When a black goes to a party and shoots a bunch of people there why is that not called a mass shooting? As long as liberals allow criminals to walk the streets, release violent offenders back onto the streets. Allow violent radicalized terrorist to gain access to this country and worry more about the privacy rights of the mentally unstable adults and delinquent juveniles to take precedence over public safety these shootings will continue.

MariaRose Randazzo
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This now sounds like these shootings are the results of a planned attack on citizens to achieve a certain perspective. All this is being done to create a PSTD effect on super-sensitive overly emotional PC liberals who rely on social media for how to react. How else to get the masses in line but to frighten them into submission? We only have less than 3 months to 2019 elections plus that 20 plus number of Democratic candidates have to develop a savior. Definitely, scare tactics.

James
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>Usually Confused< The article was obviously written by a Leftist trying to scare the low-IQ individuals. NBC (Chuck Todd) reported on Sunday there have been 101 mass shootings this year. CNS News reports there have been 255, The FBI reports – with 4 being the base figure for a "mass shooting" – that there have been EIGHT (8) in 2019. The 101, 250, 255 numbers INCLUDE homeowner/self defense shootings of A burglar; suicides, accidental discharges of firearms owned by civilians and police; children getting hold of an unsecured weapon and shooting ONE other child, and one child who was shot… Read more »

James
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I certainly hope Congress will hurry up pass a couple more reams of new gun control laws to prevent the next mass shooting. We all know the more paper they print; the less likely anybody will pay attention to it. Paper never stopped a bullet yet and won’t.

Screwtape
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Also to the Confused One and liar,

If you’re such a statistical whiz tell us when the next mass shooting will occur, who does it, and with what.

There’s no library, pipe, or Col. Mustard here.

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