Democrats Push to Prevent Gun Sales to Terror-list Suspects

Congressional Democrats are trying to build support for an effort to bar gun purchases by terror suspects, hoping to take advantage of the same public anxieties about security that gave Republicans a ringing House victory.

The Democratic push seems likely to fall victim to opposition from the National Rifle Association and congressional gun-rights backers, chiefly Republicans, who have smothered firearms curbs for years. If the Republicans who control Congress block votes on the proposal, Democrats hope to profit politically by winning sympathy from angry voters.

“By leaving this terrorist loophole open, Republicans are leaving every community in America vulnerable to attacks by terrorists armed with assault rifles and explosives purchased legally, in broad daylight,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Friday in a written statement.

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Poll: Americans Worried About a Major Terror Attack in the US

The Islamic State (ISIS) attacks in Paris have nearly all Americans worried about a terrorist strike in the United States – and a majority convinced we’re at war with radical Islam, according to a new poll.

The Washington Post-ABC News survey, finds a stunning 83 percent of registered voters believe a terrorist attack in the United States resulting in large casualties is likely in the near future – a rise of 10 percentage points from a Quinnipiac University poll taken between Oct. 29 and Nov. 2 asking the same question.

A full 40 percent say a major attack is “very likely,” matching the level of concern after the 2005 subway bombings in Britain, according to the Washington Post.

The survey also shows 59 percent think “the United States is at war with radical Islam.”

But Americans are deeply disapproving of President Barack Obama’s approach to the problem, either, the poll finds.

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