44 percent of GOP voters view mass shootings as part of living in “free society”.

By Chris Walker, Truthout

A new poll has found that a remarkable percentage of Republican voters believe that nothing can be done to prevent mass shootings in the future.

CBS News/YouGov poll conducted from June 1-3 asked respondents if mass shootings are “something we have to accept as part of a free society” or if they’re something “we can prevent and stop if we really tried.” Overall, most Americans rejected the first premise, with just 28 percent saying mass shootings are something we now have to live with, while 72 percent said that mass shootings are a phenomenon we can put an end to.

Community members at the Robb Elementary School memorial pray, visit, and leave tokens of affection at the crosses dedicated to the victims of the shooting

There were sharp partisan differences in the poll, however. Eighty-five percent of Democrats said mass shootings were something that could be prevented, while 73 percent of independents agreed. But Republicans were more likely to have a pessimistic viewpoint.

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