Second Amendment supporters are more passionate voters than gun control proponents, according to new polling that goes a long way toward explaining why mass shootings have done little to advance the cause of those who say stiffer laws are needed.

Overall, Americans do want to see stricter gun controls. But the 26 percent of voters who see guns as a make-or-break issue are significantly more likely to favor gun rights, according to Gallup polling released this week in the wake of the community college shooting spree in Oregon.

Just as striking is that when asked which party can do a better job on guns, voters give the GOP the edge, 46 percent to 37 percent, signaling a depth of acceptance for Republicans that’s bedeviled President Obama as he’s sought to push for stricter controls.

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