Millennials are no more liberal on gun control than older generations

This is a surprise.

Hansi Wang reports for NPR, Feb. 24, 2018, that high school students leading the calls for more gun control since the Parkland school shooting may give a misleading impression that millennials are more pro-gun control than older Americans.

But polls show that Americans under 30 are no more liberal on gun control than their parents or grandparents — despite diverging from their elders on the legalization of marijuana, same-sex marriage and other social issues.

Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport that over the past three years, his polling organization asked the under-30 crowd if gun laws in the U.S. should be made more strict, less strict or kept as they are now. On average, people between the ages of 18 and 29 were only one percentage point more likely to say gun laws should be more strict than the overall national average of 57%.

Polling by the Pew Research Center last year found that:

  • 50% of millennials, between the ages of 18 and 36, said that gun laws in the U.S. should be more strict — almost identical to the percentage among the general public.
  • Even more surprising is the finding by Pew that on two gun control proposals — banning assault-style weapons and banning high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds millennials are actually more conservative. More millennials — both Republicans and Democrats — are more conservative when it comes to those bans compared to Generation X-ers, Baby Boomers and members of the Silent Generation.

Kim Parker, director of social trends research at Pew, observed that “What we’re hearing now in the immediate aftermath of Parkland might not be representative of what a whole generation feels.

However, the teenaged high school activists who have been organizing since the Florida shooting are not millennials but are part of a separate group some call Generation Z. Pollsters generally don’t count the views of those under 18, so there probably won’t be national polling on this group until more of these young people are officially adults.

The poll findings surprised some members of Students for the Second Amendment, a club at the University of Delaware. Club treasurer Jordan Riger, 22, says after taking an NRA course on pistol shooting when she was 18, she’s seen firearms as tools for self-defense. But she thinks many of her millennial peers don’t: “We are living in a time right now where we’re seeing a lot more of these mass casualties. I think when people don’t know that much about firearms, when they see it on the news used in horrible fashion, that’s like all they associate it with.”

22-year-old Jeremy Grunden of Harrington, Del., who is president of Students for the Second Amendment at the University of Delaware, says he’s encouraged to hear that millennials are less likely to support banning assault-style weapons: “I base what we need off of what the military has. When it comes to … the Second Amendment, we’re supposed to be a well-armed and well-maintained militia and all that. Quite frankly, we need that and plus more.”

~Eowyn

8 responses to “Millennials are no more liberal on gun control than older generations

  1. If there is any doubt of how precious life is, it is now, I’m am going to defend my precious life as it is the one I have now here on Earth, so I will preserve it not in alcohol but in the bullets I have in the barrel of my gun. And I drink to that!

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  2. ““We are living in a time right now where we’re seeing a lot more of these mass casualties. I think when people don’t know that much about firearms, when they see it on the news used in horrible fashion, that’s like all they associate it with.”

    EXACTLY, because it doesn’t fit the gun-grabbers agenda.

    When did the media interview the 23-year-old who killed three intruders in his home in OK (using an AR-15)? And the guy who stopped the Sutherland shooter with an AR-15? Those type of happy endings are never promoted by the corrupt media.

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    • DCG here ya go on the AR :
      The AR-15 is not an assault rifle or automatic weapon. It is the civilian, semi-automatic version of the M16 or M4 carbine used by the military. The military version is an automatic assault rifle, the AR-15 is not. The truth is that assault rifles are already heavily regulated and extremely difficult to obtain, it’s just that the political left enjoys playing word games in order to confuse and scare the ignorant and gullible.
      According to the FBI, less than 3% of all gun crimes are committed with rifles, and an estimated 1% use AR-15s or similar rifles. According to the Department of Justice under Bill Clinton, the “assault weapons” ban of 1994-2004 made “no discernable difference” in gun crimes throughout the US. Also, according to President Obama’s CDC gun study, gun crime is down 50% over the last 20 years. There also have not been 18 mass school shootings this year. Again, that is dishonest word play used to scare you.

      Do I Hate Children and Love Mass Murder Because I Defend Gun Rights?

      Of course not. The recent mass school shooting in Parkland Florida that killed 17 kids was horrific, terribly tragic, and extremely sad. And yes, absolutely yes, something should be done to prevent such atrocities from ever happening again. In order to successfully do that, though, we have to use logic and reason to take an honest and objective look at evidence, statistics, history, and policy, and from there we can establish a solution to take action on.

      Participating in emotional echo chambers where policy proposals and solutions are guided purely by emotion, political bias, and intellectual dishonesty is a recipe for disaster and failure.

      I can’t remember were I found this but its got good info in it.

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  4. Kevin J Lankford

    I personally find it ironic that citizens can so easily be denied their second amendment right already. Our highway departments specifically claim that driving a motor vehicle is privilege rather than a right (even going to the extreme of charging people with D.U.I. on lawn mowers and horses). It must be clear they make this claim, even though most of us would presume it a right to be able to make use of the contemporary mode of transportation of the period, for the purpose of claiming authority over licensing.

    Declaring ‘driving’ to be a privilege rather than right takes it out from under the “Bill of Attainder” clause of our Constitution, which is supposed to prohibit any court of law from depriving the exercise of a civil right as a punishment for any crime. It just seems so contrary to me that one can be deprived for life, of the civil right to possess a firearm for the least of infraction (for so long the claim was for “violent felons” which was bull), yet, I have rarely heard of any one actually being permanently denied a driver’s license.

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  6. I agree. I’m afraid we’re in the minority though.

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  7. Most of these maneuvers depend on people’s willingness to leap off the cliff before thinking things through. They couch these in terms of “you need our permission”. “Convince us that you need this”, etc..

    The truth is that we already have the Constitutionally protected, God-given right to own whatever we choose to arm ourselves with. Every time someone argues with them it reinforces the notion that we have to be given permission.

    This has to be turned on its head, thus back to where it belongs. The argument is “by what right do you claim to have the authority to deprive me of any weapon I choose?”. The answer, of course, is that they have no authority to do this. That is why they rely on “the public” asking them to pass laws.

    The public, still laboring under the delusion that the Supreme Court will protect them against unconstitutional laws, allows this to continue. In short, all of this is an illusion. None of it is operating as designed.

    Over the decades much study on mind control and behavior modification has been done. We see the fruits of those studies every day. This is what we are living through. In truth, most mind-control doesn’t work if the target is aware.

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