Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 12-7-2016

Faculty Advisor(s)

Ann Gordon


With a rising amount of gun violence, issues of stricter gun regulations have been brought to the government’s attention. Location, gender, and ideology all contribute to how one perceives the individual use of firearms, and believes how much the government should intervene. This paper will explore the different variables such as the three listed above that affect one’s opinions on government intervention concerning stricter gun regulations. The results of data analysis from the ANES 2012 studies conclude that the more conservative one self identifies as, one would want either the same or less government intervention concerning stricter gun regulations. Data also shows that when males and females are compared, males will want either easier access to guns or the regulations to stay the same, while a greater percentage of females want stricter gun control then making it more difficult to buy a gun. By studying the location where one grew up, data showed that people in more rural areas believe in either looser gun regulations or for laws to stay the same. Conversely, data showed that citizens in either suburban or urban areas wanted tighter reigns on guns in general. All of these independent variables were shown to be statistically significant when more closely examined from educated hypotheses.


Presented at the Fall 2016 Student Research Day at Chapman University.