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Despite Newtown, 54 Percent of Americans Approve of the NRA

Even after a harshly panned press conference about the Newtown, Conn., school massacre, 54 percent of Americans still say they have a favorable view of the National Rifle Association.

The new Gallup poll shows numbers in line with the NRA’s averages, suggesting its image remains intact after the shooting. The group hit a low of 42 percent approval in mid-’90s and more recently hit a high of 60 percent in 2005.

Critics called NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre tone deaf after his press conference last week in which he blamed gun violence on the media, video games, and other culprits, but not on guns themselves. He also called for armed guards in all schools.

A recent Gallup poll showed 58 percent of Americans favor stronger gun laws, but the same poll showed that most people generally do not favor bans on particular weapons.