Americans side with teen shooting survivors in new poll rebuking GOP


Americans are demanding action on gun violence.

A new poll shows overwhelming support for the teenage survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, and a rejection of the soft-on-guns stance taken by Trump, the Republican Party and the NRA.

The poll, from Washington Post-ABC News, found that nearly 60 percent of Americans "strongly" say the Republican-led Congress and Trump are not doing enough to stop mass shooters.

The majority echoes the sentiment of the March for Our Lives movement, which plans to march in Washington, D.C., on March 24 to push for gun-safety legislation.

Fifty-eight percent of the people who responded to the poll also said that tougher gun laws could have prevented the Stoneman Douglas shooting.

Trump, the NRA, and congressional Republicans — especially Speaker Paul Ryan — have repeatedly pushed back against the notion that any gun-related legislation should pass. All three have also backed legislation that allows more guns to circulate in America, including in the hands of the severely mentally disturbed.

Since the Sandy Hook massacre, where 20 children were murdered, Republicans have refused to do anything to restrict access to guns. They ignore the fact that it is a position favored by the overwhelming majority of Americans, Republican voters, and gun owners. And even NRA members.

Sixty-seven percent of NRA members previously told pollsters that the organization has been "overtaken by lobbyists and the interests of gun manufacturers and lost its original purpose and mission."

Yet Republicans in Congress remain beholden to them, and Trump is doing their bidding after they threw $36 million behind his election.

Americans are resisting the Trump administration's smear attacks against the teen survivors while backing the position to make the country safer. Republicans and the NRA continue to be on the wrong side of history, and they're helping mass shooters end more lives in the process.