Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-10-2017

Faculty Advisor(s)

Ann Gordon


Gun violence is a leading cause of death in the United States. The present study uses data from the Chapman Survey of American Fears where people were asked about how afraid they are of the government regulating firearms. It will be compared to data regarding gender, age, political party, race, education, and location. This will help to provide an in-depth exploration of who is in favor of gun control and why. In the United States right now there is an overwhelming support for moderate gun control, even by current gun-owning citizens. It is important to focus on the public opinion present in this topic and why there has been no legislative action. There are many contributing factors - lack of research on gun violence, special interest groups and their influence in elections, and political activity of the gun rights population. Gun violence as a topic of research is blocked from any federal funding, without this understanding it is impossible to create effective gun safety legislation and have a public and political understanding of the impacts.Throughout this study the different factors of political identity, gender, age, location, political involvement and more will be examined and related to the gun control movement. By analyzing who is afraid of firearm regulation, it is possible to find ways to get out of the standstill that the United States is facing with gun safety.


Presented at the Spring 2017 Student Research Day at Chapman University.