Recent Poll Suggests Millennials May Not Be So Keen to Give Up Their Guns After All
Despite every effort by the state-run media, entertainment centers, and schools to create an anti-gun culture, it seems their efforts just can’t quite negate the natural human instinct to want to be empowered to have the ability to defend yourself against all enemies, foreign and domestic. This comes to us in a poll recently done about what millennials really feel about ‘gun rights.’
The key part of the poll is this, “According to Gallup’s version of the question in 2004, the notion that concealed guns made for safer spaces polled at 25 percent; 11 years later, it registered at 55 percent nationally. The greatest support came from those ages 18-29, at 66 percent, a full 10 points greater than the next highest scoring demographic.”
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If you ask a gun grabber about the typical Second Amendment supporter, you’ll probably hear about a straight white male, probably middle age who lives in a trailer in the woods or some other redneck cliche. While some of those people do actually exist–believe me, I know them–the reality is that gun rights activists come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and from all walks of life.
Yes, including Millennials, apparently.
Polling in gun politics is notoriously murky—much lies in the crafting of the question—but demographers have consistently reported a conservative streak in millennial attitudes on guns. Respondents aged 18-29 are the least likely in the country to support a renewed ban on assault weapons, at 49 percent, a fact that has helped drive nationwide support down to a record low. Pew’s data suggest that those falling in the youngest age range have dropped the furthest in support for “gun control” since 2000 (when the alternative is presented as “gun rights”). And when the question concerns the National Rifle Association’s top legislative priority, concealed carry, millennials appear to lead the country. According to Gallup’s version of the question in 2004, the notion that concealed guns made for safer spaces polled at 25 percent; 11 years later, it registered at 55 percent nationally. The greatest support came from those ages 18-29, at 66 percent, a full 10 points greater than the next highest scoring demographic.
Does this make millennials more conservative on guns? Some think so. Observing the trends of his own poll, in 2014, Frank Newport, the director of Gallup, wrote, “At the same time that the country’s views of same-sex marriage and marijuana have undergone significant short-term changes,” America’s proliferating gun massacres “have not produced the change in attitudes toward guns that gun-control advocates have predicted.” Newport later told NBC News, “[I]t’s unlike a number of other attitudes, say, like gay marriage, where young people are much more liberal.” Writing this month in New York Magazine, Benjamin Hart agreed, suggesting that the gun data may seem like “a head-scratcher” given millennials’ liberal attitudes on gay marriage, legalization and other issues. “But guns aren’t like that,” Hart writes.