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Latinos support strict gun control laws

This news story was published on March 12, 2013.
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gunWASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) — Latinos of all political persuasions support stricter gun control laws, creating another headache for Republicans trying to win them over, a new polls finds.

The survey, conducted by Matt Barreto, a political science professor at the University of Washington and founder of the group Latino Decisions, suggests Latinos who identify as Democrats, Republicans or independents support strict new gun control measures. That is significant, Barreto said, because among other demographic and racial groups, the support for gun control is tightly correlated to the individual’s political persuasion, with Democrats largely in favor and Republicans almost always opposed, the Los Angeles Times said Tuesday.

“There’s a lot of gun violence in black and Latino neighborhoods,” Barreto said. “I think Latinos are aware of this, as they regularly cite neighborhood and public safety as an issue.”

The poll found 84 percent of Latinos support universal background checks for gun purchases. Substantial majorities also support banning high capacity ammunition magazines and a national gun owner registry — the latter being a measure even the fiercest gun critics acknowledge is a political impossibility, the Times said.

Fifty-four percent supported a ban on assault weapons.

The issue, likely to be debated in Congress later this year, comes as Republicans try to win over more of the fastest growing minority group in the country. In November, Latinos overwhelmingly supported President Barack Obama and leading Republicans have acknowledged if they want to win another national election they’re going to have to win over more Latinos.

The poll queried 500 Latino voters from Feb. 20 to 28. Its margin of error is 4.4 percent.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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5 Responses to Latinos support strict gun control laws

  1. Bobby G Reply Report comment

    March 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Mexicans have never liked guns. They would rather stab you to death.

  2. LVS Reply Report comment

    March 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    @Pee Wee @ Matt-I would take a illegal anytime over a Red Neck like you two.

  3. another brick in the mall Reply Report comment

    March 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    OMG, this is gonna cause problems with all the white rednecks who already dislike brown people. Ted Nugent is going to want to kill em and grill em!

  4. matt Reply Report comment

    March 13, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I support strict illegal Latino Laws so they can take a flyin leap back over the border.

    • Pee Wee Reply Report comment

      March 13, 2013 at 7:15 am

      And if they dont take that flyin leap we should be able to shoot them. Illegals got to go.