If mainstream media outlets are to be believed, millennials favor gun control, but this story from NBC News says that millennials may be less likely to support it than most people think.
The story says that, while millennials “are often thought of as more liberal than their older peers, but recent polling shows that they’re less likely than those over 30 to support stricter gun laws.”
The story says that an October 2015 Gallup poll found that 50 percent of 18-29-year-olds support stricter gun laws compared to 57 percent of those 30-49, 56 percent among those 50-64, and 55 percent among those 65 and older.
It doesn’t line up with millennials’ ideas about other social issues, such as sex between unmarried people, having children outside of marriage, and LGBT matters, where they skew far more liberal, according to Gallup.
“Millennials are…less interested in gun control than those who are older, so the data suggests it’s unlike a number of other attitudes say like, gay marriage, where young people are much more liberal,” said Gallup Poll Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport in the story. “We did not see that in our data on guns.”
The story says a recent ABC News/Refinery 29 poll shows that the same percentage (11 percent) of women age 18-35 “list gun rights as the most important issue in this election as those who list abortion.”
Ryan Bradley, 24, works as a grassroots field representative for the NRA. He says he’d take gun control proponents to a gun range and have them shoot if they’ve never done it so they can have the experience, and then have a “civil debate” with them.
“We’re talking about a fundamental right, we’re talking about the Second Amendment which is a guaranteed right to self-defense,” he said in the story. “Feelings don’t belong. I don’t think that somebody should be using derogatory language to somebody but they have the First Amendment right to do so and nobody’s talking about taking that First Amendment right away. So I think that gun control supporters need to bring something more to the table than just feelings.”