Americans' Support for Tougher Gun Control Weakening

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Three months after the horrific shootings in Newtown, Conn., the White House is ramping up rhetoric again in the battle over gun control.

However, a new poll shows support for tighter gun laws has weakened.

Advocates of gun control held rallies across the country from California to Connecticut, calling it a "Day to Demand Action."

Both gun control supporters and opponents took a stand in Newtown, where in December, Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary school, killing 26 people, including 20 children.

"You know, my daughter is in first grade, and so they do these things where they have to fill out, describe, the snowman, and so she wrote, 'The snowman is happy because he is alive,'" Susan Ludwig, a gun control advocate and parent, shared. "This is some of the artwork she brings home now after what happened at Sandy Hook."

John Lubinski, a National Rifle Association supporter, sees the push for gun control as an unreasonable attack on Americans' constitutional rights.

"To keep our rights to bear arms, our Second Amendment right, they're trying to take from us because of some knucklehead that they didn't, didn't take care of his mental health issues," Lubinski said. 

President Obama is pressing Congress to not forget the tragedy in Newtown and "get squishy" on stricter gun laws.

"Shame on us if we've forgotten," the president said. "I haven't forgotten those kids."

Not only are Republicans resisting the administration's push for stricter gun control; even some lawmakers in the president's own party are hesitating to expand federal background checks to private sales at gun shows and online.

A proposed assault weapons ban appears to be doomed and efforts to ban high capacity ammunition magazines are in question. Add to that waning public support for tighter gun laws.

A new CBS News poll shows support for tighter measures has dropped since the Connecticut school shootings -- down from 57 percent in December to 47 percent today.

In addition, 39 percent want gun laws to stay the same, and 11 percent want them to be less strict.

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