Many Christian Groups Favor Stricter Gun Laws

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A new survey shows many Christian groups favor stricter gun control laws.

The Public Religion Research Institute found that 76 percent of minority Protestants, 67 percent of Catholics, and 57 percent of white mainline Protestants support stricter gun control.

White evangelicals are on the other side of the fence with 59 percent opposing new gun laws.

But there is common ground among Christians. When asked, "What's the most important thing that can be done to prevent mass shootings," better mental health screenings and support was the most popular answer.

White evangelicals also pointed to another solution.

"On this question white evangelical Protestants really stood out for their support on putting more emphasis on God and morality in society as the best way," explained Dr. Robert Jones with the Public Religion Research Institute.

"So really changing the culture is the best way that evangelicals think about the best way to prevent future mass shootings, even over stricter gun control laws, even over better mental health screenings," Jones said. "It really is about cultural change for white evangelical Protestants."

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