The Washington Times - March 31, 2013, 09:59AM

Brushing aside new polls that suggest otherwise, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat, said Sunday that the American public still wants tough new gun-control measures in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

Mr. Blumenthal, appearing in an Easter-morning interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” said he will spearhead efforts to beef up the gun-control legislation expected to come to the floor of the Senate in April — but he said even a bill that doesn’t include limits on magazine sizes, a ban on so-called automatic weapons and expanded background checks would help save lives.


“Any step that saves lives is a step in the right direction,” he said.

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Polls released in the past week indicate that public support for stricter gun laws has dropped almost 10 percent since the December school massacre, when up to 57 percent of Americans supported a crackdown on guns.

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Since then, gun-rights advocates, led by the National Rifle Association, have mobilized for a legislative fight, and most Senate Republicans —and a few red-state Democrats — have indicated little appetite for sweeping new restrictions.

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