Hmm – 60% of young students plan to own guns during their lifetime

Only 33% of them grew up in households with guns.

Those findings were part of a broader study conducted by American University professor Jennifer L. Lawless and Loyola Marymount professor Richard L. Fox which focused on the political opinions of young Americans. The study was conducted prior the recent Newtown massacre, but after the Aurora theatre shooting.

Lawless told Campus Reform on Tuesday that in her view the findings were proof that President Obama should move swiftly, and without the permission of Congress if necessary, in order limit the availability of firearms.

“The next generation plans on owning guns, so if we want to avoid the tragedies that we’ve seen… we obviously need to move quickly and if an executive order is the way to do it, then that is the way the to do it,” she said.

Lawless said the study was not prompted by the Aurora shooting, pointing to the fact that the study focused on a broad range of political opinions among young people which included firearms.

The study indicated that there is no significant difference between the percentage of high school and college students who are considering purchasing firearms. Both polled at about 60 percent.

Students who identified as Democrats were twice as likely to fear gun violence as those who were not, the study found. Only 33 percent of the respondents who were questioned were raised in households where guns were owned.

David Burnett, the public relations director of the conservative student group Students for Concealed Carry, told Campus Reform on Tuesday he was not surprised by the study’s result.

“With every single spree killing we’ve seen in this nation in the past twenty years, with every sexual assault that takes place, nine every day on college campuses, with every robbery report we have, with every campus that goes on lockdown, these gun free zones are proven to be indefensible and impractical,” he said.

“College campuses put pictures on the door and expect psychopaths to abide by them,” he continued. “I think more and more college students have been waking up to this reality in the past five years since Virginia tech and they don’t want it.”

Next they’ll discover that “free” healthcare isn’t free!

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  1. 300 million people with a few retards killing others and themselves as a tribute to insanity, so again we could rely on citizens to take care of themsleves by arming…sounds rational…..
    Time for the government to act before the situation is solved before raising the national debt.
    Otherwise the cost of govenment may go down……nightmare for the DC breast suckers.

  2. Anonymous

    Interesting sample skew: “Only 33 percent of the respondents who were questioned were raised in households where guns were owned.”

    About half of all American households have a gun +/- depending on which poll is referenced. Households possessing guns are a sample that biases toward underreporting guns to polls, i.e. someone calls and asks if we have guns, we’ll hangup, say no, or say none of your bee’s wax.

    Gun ownership is heavily skewed toward more conservative households, which are also more likely to have children and more of them. There are entire swaths of conservative and rural America where nearly every house has firearms.

    The indoctrination bias is hilarious: “Lawless told Campus Reform on Tuesday that in her view the findings were proof that President Obama should move swiftly, and without the permission of Congress if necessary, in order limit the availability of firearms.”

    Professor Lawless eventually will be made irrelevant by online course options that don’t lock students into her curriculum just because they landed at American University.

  3. Fred2

    Heh, I get the impression that the White House and the 4th estate was caught somewhat aback by the fact that despite whipping up anti-gun hysteria & rhetoric like I haven’t seen in a long time, their polling revealed that general support for their ideas was lukewarm at best, and the people who hated the ideas REALLY hated them.

    The democrats know that, despite Obama running a very good campaign (and Romney having 90% of the press hating him, and running a marginal campaign) his margin of victory was slim. Had the democrats gone all in on this, I think they might have found all sorts of the wrong people coming out to vote _against_ them, and they know it.

    The executive orders look more and more like face saving to me, once the congress phoned it in and said “no thanks”

  4. David Smith

    I attended Berkeley. One of the things I noticed (years later, I admit) was that the howling lefties DID NOT TRUST GOVERNMENT, except on gun control.

    I did notice a lot of hypocrisy, such as the friend (he was a nice guy) who was adamantly anti gun, but had a poster in his apartment (Justice comes out of the barrel of an AK47).

  5. Daniel

    If the Democrats were serious about this issue, something would have been proposed after the Aurora shooting. This is nothing more than trying to deflect the attention of the country away from the real issues like the economy.

  6. ““The next generation plans on owning guns, so if we want to avoid the tragedies that we’ve seen… we obviously need to move quickly and if an executive order is the way to do it, then that is the way the to do it,” she said.”

    Yes. f*k democracy. Who cares what 60% of the people want? I AM SCHMARTER DEN ALL UFF YOU, UND I KNOW HOW YOU SHUDT LIFF!

  7. The Duke of Deception

    Chicago. But that’s OK.