More Teenage Women Back Strict Gun Laws – Shocking 27% Gender Gap

A Zogby International poll of 1,005 high school students found that about nine in ten teenagers support gun-control measures such as criminal background checks, with 79 percent of teenage women favoring stricter gun laws as compared with 52 percent of teenage men. A high percentage of teens also supported requiring a safety course and a license to purchase a handgun, and a whopping 96 percent of respondents favored registering weapons when purchased so that they could be traced if used in a crime.

Dennis Gilbert, a sociology professor at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, who designed the survey with his students stated that, “American high school students have a shockingly high level of exposure to guns and gun violence.” A quarter of the respondents reported that someone they knew had been shot in a situation unrelated to military combat. The survey also found that more than 80 percent of students had discussed gun control at school, at home, or with their friends.


Los Angeles Times -- August 21, 2000

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