Polls might show most Americans support universal background checks for gun purchases, but it isn't the opinion of most members of the audience at Thursday Republican presidential debates.
When undercard debate moderator Trish Regan brought up the polls Thursday night she was met with a chorus of boos.
"Not in this room," businesswoman Carly Fiorina said. "We all believe the poll data all the time, don't we?"
When moderator Sandra Smith noted that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has called President Barack Obama's executive orders on gun control "unconstitutional" and "completely insane," Huckabee responded proudly, "Yes I did," as the crowd cheered.
"You even told gun store owners to ignore the president's orders," Smith continued as the crowd applauded.
She asked Huckabee what the federal government should do to prevent deaths by guns.
"Well, why don't we start by making sure the Justice Department never does an idiotic program like Fast and Furious where the U.S. government put guns in the hands of Mexican drug lords and end up killing one of our border agents?" he said.
Fiorina said that enforcing existing gun laws would prevent lots of gun deaths, including keeping guns out of the hands of Dylann Roof, who shot nine people to death last summer at a black church in North Charleston, South Carolina, the city hosting the debate.
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