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Sixty Percent of Young Americans Plan to Purchase Firearms, Study Reveals
Campus Reform.org ^ | Januar 16, 2013 | Scott Greer

Posted on 01/16/2013 6:58:15 PM PST by lbryce

Sixty percent of high school and college students say they plan on owning guns at a later stage in life, an academic study from American University revealed on Monday.

According to a brand new study, sixty percent of young Americans plan on purchasing firearms in the future.

According to the study, about 40 percent of the American students surveyed said they definitely planned to own firearms once they had established their own households. Another 20 percent said they were “contemplating” owning 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.”


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Students who identified as Democrats were twice as likely to fear gun violence as those who were not, the study found.

I find that to be a very intriguing revelation. Why would that be? Could it be fear-mongering demagoguery against guns among Democrats to explain the otherwise inexplicable disparity?

1 posted on 01/16/2013 6:58:22 PM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce; MeganC
Count me in as a young person who already has them.

That is, until I lost them in that tragic boating white water rafting incident.

2 posted on 01/16/2013 7:02:46 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: KC_Lion
There sure seems to be a lot of boating accidents amongst FReepers. Luckily I'm more careful and all of my firearms are oiled and well maintained.

"High Capacity" magazines alone don't do it for me, especially in light of how many unarmed conservatives there are because they tend to pilot boats about as well as a Kennedy - so I bought a few extra drums and several thousand rounds before prices skyrocketed.

When I finally lose them it won't be in some cliche boating accident story.

3 posted on 01/16/2013 7:16:08 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: KC_Lion

You lost yours in shallow waters — get a wetsuit and search for them.

I lost mine in the Marianas Trench. You find them and you can keep them.


4 posted on 01/16/2013 7:17:35 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: KC_Lion

I’ll do you one better. I lost mine in an America’s Cup yahting accident.


5 posted on 01/16/2013 7:21:11 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: lbryce
This is not a surprise at all.

I have seen lots of posts about incremental gun control. The slow but steady push to limit our right to own guns and reduce the number of guns in private hands. Which is exactly what the Dem/libs have been doing for decades now. And this is how it has been working out in the last two decades...

If the lefties keep pushing gun control this way in another two decades one out of two Americans may be gun owners instead of one out of three.

MOLON LAVE!

6 posted on 01/16/2013 7:37:02 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: lbryce

“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.”

and yet, they not once, but TWICE overwhelmingly voted for that POS 0bama.

Over-educated damn fools! ;)


7 posted on 01/16/2013 7:38:14 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: lbryce

Taking guns away from people is endangering their lives.
Police cannot prevent crime or assaults they can only scribe a chalkline around your body.
You have to protect yourself.


8 posted on 01/16/2013 7:42:32 PM PST by BuffaloJack (Children, pets, and slaves get taken care of. Free Men take care of themselves.)
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To: lbryce
Sixty percent of high school and college students say they plan on owning guns at a later stage in life,

This is good news, because even THEY get it. I think, even though kids aren't taught the history of socialism/communism in the public schools these days (the teachers union doesn't want to expose itself), they still understand the right of self defense - against ANYONE who tries to oppress them or deny them of their constitutional right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

9 posted on 01/16/2013 7:42:38 PM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I’ve been wondering how a truther can be supportive of gun control. How can they believe the Fed gov would stage a terrorist attack killing over 3,000 people but don’t think they would herd us into ovens if they could do it unopposed?


10 posted on 01/16/2013 7:44:05 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: lbryce
Wonder how many people who happily voted for Obama are now frantically buying firearms. They probably won't make the connection.
11 posted on 01/16/2013 7:46:44 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: lbryce
I find that to be a very intriguing revelation. Why would that be? Could it be fear-mongering demagoguery against guns among Democrats to explain the otherwise inexplicable disparity?

Democrats are victims of their own self afflicted wounds. They've all screwed up their lives somehow, and they hate anyone who hasn't. (Notice how they cannot tolerate anyone else being happy with their lives.) The democrat base consists of communists, socialists (who want to be cared for by others), homosexuals, welfare queens, felons, race baiters, illegals, etc.
Anyway, they don't fear other people with guns as much as they fear themselves with a gun. They may overcompensate with elitism, but deep inside they have a serious self loathing.

12 posted on 01/16/2013 7:52:39 PM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: lbryce
Thanks to Granny we are comfortable around firearms and we eat every day.


13 posted on 01/16/2013 8:15:03 PM PST by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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To: Lady Jag

So, Granny fixing cat stew tonight?


14 posted on 01/16/2013 8:28:31 PM PST by wrench
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To: TigersEye

violent gun crimes have also gone down..the school gun free zones were implemented by the the butcher of Waco Janet Reno...makes one wonder if school shootings were an unintended consequence or actually intended like fast and furious.school shootings were near non-existant prior to gun free zones and drugs like prozac etc circa 1996.


15 posted on 01/16/2013 8:34:24 PM PST by rolling_stone
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To: lbryce

Think of the Democrats you know. They are generally prone to emotion over reason.


16 posted on 01/16/2013 8:36:17 PM PST by Trod Upon (Civilian disarmament is the precursor to democide.)
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To: KC_Lion
Please do your part and stop using that stupid “boating accident” line. If your state has gun shows and private sales are NOT documented, then simply rent a table at the next gun show and keep the receipt. If you`re asked about any purchases previously done thru the monitored system-prior to your table rental, you just show the receipt for the gun show and say that's where you sold EVERYTHING you ever owned for cash. Now prove that I didn`t.
17 posted on 01/16/2013 8:45:16 PM PST by nomad
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To: rolling_stone
violent gun crimes have also gone down..

Yes, I need to update that post with more info. I put it together a few months ago. Now I know that, since '92, violent crime is down 49% and murder is down 49%. Here is another good indication that gun control isn't really as popular as the libtards would have us believe.

Americans Buy Enough Guns in Last Two Months to Outfit the Entire Chinese and Indian Armies

18 posted on 01/16/2013 8:45:41 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Lady Jag
Thanks to Granny we are comfortable around firearms and we eat every day.

My own grandmother was from that same generation. I lost her a few months ago...she was like a second mom to me. They simply do not make them like that anymore.
19 posted on 01/16/2013 9:31:08 PM PST by JamesP81
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To: TigersEye
Americans Buy Enough Guns in Last Two Months to Outfit the Entire Chinese and Indian Armies

Let me fix that:

Americans Buy Enough Guns in Last Two Months to Outfit REPEL the Entire Chinese and Indian Armies

20 posted on 01/16/2013 9:39:42 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: BuffaloJack

And even if you DON’T protect yourself, the more likely that some random honest member of the public can, the less likely some random crook will make it necessary. Sometimes active participation in the militia was obligatory, sometimes it wasn’t, but the rationale for the much maligned 2nd amendment remains true. The security of a free state depends on any honest person being allowed to defend it with arms.


21 posted on 01/16/2013 10:06:40 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: DaveLoneRanger; lbryce

>>> “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.”

No kidding! WTH believes a plotting mass shooter turns aside at the stupid picture of a gun with a red slash over it? Come on - really, people? When has that ever happened?

Instead it creates a shooting gallery for the coward who, nine times out of ten, takes his own life as soon as a good guy with a gun of his own finally arrives to the scene of the carnage.


22 posted on 01/16/2013 11:50:18 PM PST by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: dhs12345; Diana in Wisconsin

0 stole the election, so I don’t think as many of the younger folks voted for him as was thought.

Glad to see those younger folks realizing the need to take charge of their own self defense.


23 posted on 01/17/2013 5:33:11 AM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: lbryce

Mental illness? Is this correlated with other phobias/fears? Inability to mature and take responsibility?


24 posted on 01/17/2013 5:37:25 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Titan Magroyne

When I went to college I discreetly carried my snub nose .357. I never told anyone always made sure to keep it concealed. I will not subject myself to gun free zones. My tagline says it all “It’s better to have and not need, than to need and not have.” I don’t obey the gun free zone signs. The only place you can’t carry is Fed Buildings and Court Houses other than that you’re better off carrying. Gun Free Zones just make you a target.


25 posted on 01/17/2013 5:45:13 AM PST by RIGHTWING WACKO FROM MASS. (Better to have and not need than to need and not have...my theory on gun control)
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To: lbryce

The more King Obama’s cronies try to double down, the more young people like me will arm themselves. I decided to buy my first gun after Obama won the election, and now that he’s trying to disarm the country, I’m going to my first gun show this weekend to pick up something a bit more suited to home defense.


26 posted on 01/17/2013 6:15:46 AM PST by Cato in PA (Land of the free and the home of the brave? Wrong on both counts.)
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To: Trod Upon
This is why they voted for Obama:

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.

You have an adult woman professor educated in America calling for:

1. Dictatorship

2.Elimination of the Constitution and individual choice/thought along with it.

At the same time she shows herself unscientific and incapable of logical thought - "if we want to avoid the tragedies that we’ve seen"

Has she scientifically analyzed the Newton shootings?

What was the shooter's motive?

Why did he act? How did he get his weapons?

How common is this type of crime?

Are there alternative answers/solutions that would respect liberty and the Bill of Rights?

What is her hypothesis and has she tested it against historical fact?

Has it been peer reviewed or even publicly published?

So here's a professor utilizing the science of polling, yet unable to use science to think through the solution, let alone the problem. After a half century of this with a generation of ignoramouses being taught by a generation of ignoramous liberals who themselves were taught (indoctrinated) by ignoramous liberals what chance does America have?

27 posted on 01/17/2013 6:20:03 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Repeat Offender
"High Capacity" magazines alone don't do it for me,

I am ever offended by the media calling a 20 round magazine "high capacity". If the issue magazine for a Stoner variant rifle is 30 rounds, (same as an AK), then a 20 round magazine is Low capacity, and 30 rounds is standard. You have to go to a drum or ridiculously long stick magazine (too long to shoot prone) to get a high capacity mag.

High capacity should be determined by the standard magazines the firearm was designed for. Most of what the Left calls "High Capacity" is just standard for the firearm.

28 posted on 01/17/2013 6:53:48 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: 353FMG

Mt. Pinatubo got mine when the pyroclastic cloud swept down the slopes during the eruption. But they were only semi-automatics not “assault weapons”.

Carson City. Noon. Saturday 1/19.


29 posted on 01/17/2013 9:16:25 AM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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To: TigersEye

“in another two decades one out of two Americans may be gun owners instead of one out of three.”
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Where I live four out of three are gun owners now. No, that is not a typographical error.


30 posted on 01/17/2013 9:59:40 AM PST by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: TigersEye

They only believe that those things can happen when we have a Republican president. They don’t intend for that to ever happen again. They are convinced that as long as we have a mixed race Marxist who is a complete mystery man with no one knowing for sure from whence he came all will be skittles, sweet tea and marshmallow Unicorns. No one need ever worry about undue harassment from government again.


31 posted on 01/17/2013 10:04:26 AM PST by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: Smokin' Joe

For those people, two is “high capacity.” They want us reduced to single shot deer rifles, possibly muzzle loaders, which in the next legislative cycle will become “sniper rifles” that must be banned, “for the children,” of course.


32 posted on 01/17/2013 10:07:56 AM PST by Trod Upon (Civilian disarmament is the precursor to democide.)
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To: lbryce

My college students ( and me too) were armed to the teeth before they left home. Survey that Mr Genius Surveyor.


33 posted on 01/17/2013 11:05:11 AM PST by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I went to school in Western MA. During the 08 election, when it was called for Obama a small group formed on the campus green chanting “Obama, Obama” and “we finally elected a N*&^%r!”

They had 200-300 feral students, compared to something like 2,800 that lived on campus. Don’t forget the libs on campus are feral, loud and obnoxious. Libertarians and conservatives tend to stay below the radar often.


34 posted on 01/17/2013 11:41:09 AM PST by matt04
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To: RipSawyer

Well, that’s wonderful.


35 posted on 01/17/2013 2:16:07 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: RipSawyer

I doubt that.


36 posted on 01/17/2013 2:16:54 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

“I doubt that.”
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Not surprising, you are obviously a wild-eyed, far right, racist nutcase who thinks carbon dioxide is a natural component of the atmosphere, thinks the climate never changes, thinks that unborn babies should have more protection than convicted murderers and would like for all such as yourself to own at least forty seven assault shotguns with the capability of bringing down a 787 flying at forty thousand feet. You probably don’t even realize that Rush Limbaugh is the antichrist. You should learn to show some tolerance you #$%^&**(%^&*()_+|@#$%^&*()_+|@#$%^&*()_////////! Why do you think you need a four barreled assault derringer anyway?


37 posted on 01/17/2013 6:15:21 PM PST by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: RipSawyer
Are you tapping my phone? lol

Seriously, the reason I doubt it is because the OWS bunch is pretty big and they're much of the same nutballs who buy the truther stuff. A portion of them might be for gun control but trust in gov is pretty thin across the board these days. If they haven't thought through the implications of gun control before they just might be now.

38 posted on 01/17/2013 6:32:46 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: RIGHTWING WACKO FROM MASS.

Never much of a one for regular college, I became one of Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children. First job after that, I was working nights in a city. You better believe I was carrying before you could get a permit for it in this state!

I’ll never forget the time my car broke down on the way home & a young city cop let me sit with him in his patrol car (front seat) while we waited for the tow driver. He didn’t ask & I didn’t offer. But my little pea shooter felt ten times larger than usual at the small of my back the whole time I was in there, LOL.


39 posted on 01/17/2013 10:44:01 PM PST by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: WildHighlander57
Yup. They will learn. And maybe in a few years, they'll figure it out.

Many of us started out as idealistic Democrats (speaking for myself). What the Democrat party offers and professes is compelling to a young kid. Most Americans want what is right and fair. And the Democrats use this fact to further their own agenda.

Then you learn that most of those promises are lies and that the Democrat party is exploitative and that you have been “used.” You learn the truth.

Sounds like I am bitter. I am not. But I am concerned about the many people who still believe without question. The Democrat party needs a shakeup. But this is never going to happen.

40 posted on 01/18/2013 7:08:15 AM PST by dhs12345
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To: Titan Magroyne

Thanks for the ping. :-) I was on the phone with a producer for Piers Morgan yesterday. Stay tuned.


41 posted on 01/19/2013 12:20:27 AM PST by DaveLoneRanger (Decriminalize concealed carry on campus! Facebook.com/ConcealedCampus)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Coolness!

Take that pompous twit down a notch, heh.


42 posted on 01/19/2013 10:43:09 PM PST by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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