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New Yorkers Call For Stricter Gun Laws; Favor Cuomo Leading Corruption Clean Up

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In a summer marred by shootings both on the local and national scale, a new study produced by Quinnipiac University reveals 61 percent of New Yorkers support stricter gun laws.

68 percent favor limiting the number of handguns an individual can purchase to one a month.

While it's difficult to imagine why someone would need to buy even one handgun a month, the results reflect a growing call for stricter gun legislation in the wake of shootings around the nation including those in Colorado, New York, New Jersey, and Chicago.

In recent weeks, New York parks and playgrounds bore witness to a number of shootings that left young children wounded, even killed.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a vocal advocate of gun control. Following the Aurora, Colorado shooting in July, Bloomberg even suggested police officers strike until the government implement stricter gun laws.

The mayor quickly backtracked his statement, but continued to call on Washington to work to prevent further bloodshed with increased gun control.

Wednesday's poll also shows 56 percent of New Yorkers believe Governor Cuomo to be doing either an "excellent" or "good" job in cleaning up corruption.

A majority hope to see the governor taking the lead in corruption investigations, not legislative leaders.

"Is legislative corruption a big deal? This poll echoes the headlines. New Yorkers don't like what they see," Director of Quinnipiac's Polling Institute Maurice Carroll explained. "More New Yorkers say it's Gov. Andrew Cuomo's job to clean up the legislature's house, and they give him pretty good marks for doing it. Thumbs down for legislative leaders."

The positive points for Cuomo also suggest New Yorkers don't take much stock in the secrecy allegations surrounding the governor, specifically his Blackberry messaging preference, which some suggest undermines his touted transparency.

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