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Florida Voters Want a Ban on Assault Rifles, Universal Background Check

With some Florida politicians calling for teachers to be armed and others calling for metal detectors to be placed in schools and our very own governor doing pretty much nothing at all about gun control, it seems that people who are not elected officials of any kind have the best solution to the gun problem in the state.

And that solution is to not allow people to buy machine guns and for those who buy regular guns to undergo a serious background check before they do so.

Citizens being smarter than elected officials? WHAT IS THIS TRICKERY??

Yup, turns out a whopping 91 percent of Floridians want a universal background check for those who want to purchase a gun, while a majority support for a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons.

That, according to Quinnipiac's new poll.

The poll says that Florida voters think Obama's views on guns are in line with their own more than the NRA.

Also, 60 to 31 percent of Floridians say allowing people to own assault weapons makes the country more dangerous rather than safer, with gun owners divided 44 to 44 percent.

"Floridians' views on guns are pretty much in line with results seen in other states surveyed by Quinnipiac University," Brown said. "Women are more likely to support restricting guns than men; blacks more than whites and Democrats more than Republicans. The idea of requiring background checks on those who want to buy guns has overwhelming support, 91 - 8 percent, in a country where getting a majority to agree on anything is often difficult."

Of course, 59 percent say that putting armed security in schools is a food idea, because Florida is gonna Florida.

Still, the poll is a slap to the face with a sock full of pennies to the NRA and other gun-humping groups who think the Second Amendment was written so they could arm themselves like Rambo for kicks.

Even those who currently own guns would like to see better background checks by an overwhelming 88-to-11 percent margin.

The Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,000 registered voters between March 13 to 18 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points. The polls were taken via phone calls.

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