Most Americans support mental health screenings, background checks to combat gun violence: poll
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A majority of respondents in a new poll said they would support several initiatives to reduce gun violence following a month of mass shootings.

The NPR/Marist poll released Tuesday found the most popular proposal among members of both political parties is an increase in funding for mental health screenings and treatment, which was supported by 89 percent of respondents. 


Majorities also supported background checks, a red flag law allowing people to petition against others from gun ownership and gun licenses. 

Gun owners aligned with the majority of respondents, with the majority supporting all of these proposed plans.

Most respondents — 57 percent — also agreed that Congress should not pass legislation to allow teachers to carry guns, according to the poll. This year, several states have decided to allow or ban teachers from bringing guns to school properties. 

Respondents were divided, however, on whether there should be bans against the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines and assault-style weapons, pollsters found. A mandatory buyback program for assault weapons also divided survey participants, with 45 percent of them supporting it and 46 percent against.

Overall, a majority — 55 percent — said they want to place more emphasis on controlling guns. NPR noted that percentage has remained steady since gun control legislation failed to pass following the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The network added that about two-thirds of women said it was more important to control gun violence, while 51 percent of men said it was more important to protect gun rights.

Nearly two-thirds of those who live in big cities and 60 percent of those who live in suburbs say controlling gun violence should take priority. The majority of rural residents, at 54 percent, say maintaining gun rights is more important. 

The NPR/Marist poll of 1,317 U.S. adults was conducted Sept. 5-8. It has a margin of error of 3.6 percent.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE has advocated for an increased focus on the "very big mental health problem," following the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

The Washington Post reported Monday that the White House is considering studying whether monitoring those with mental illness could stop future violent events.

— This report was updated at 3:05 p.m.