Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 12-5-2018

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Christine Ann Gordon


The year of 2017 was deemed the deadliest year for mass killings, which explains the growing tension between those who want stronger restrictions compared to those who do not. In October 2017, 59 people were killed, with over 500 people injured in the Las Vegas massacre. When a national tragedy of such magnitude strikes, it immediately stirs up talks of gun control measures. Whether it is the National Rifle Association funneling more money to fight for 2nd Amendment rights or passionate Americans fighting for stronger gun restrictions, the debate regarding government restrictions on firearms and ammunition proves to be highly controversial.

According to Chapman’s Survey of American Fears, about 55.4% of those who participated in the survey, regardless of the different factors, ranged from slightly afraid to very afraid of such restrictions. Contrary to public belief, gender has little influence on one’s perspective on firearm restrictions. This research will delve into the discrepancies between the literature and data and explain why such a stereotype exists. The present study also delves into other factors such as education and political identification to help explain why the divide between restrictions on firearms is so polarized.


Presented at the Fall 2018 Chapman University Student Scholar Symposium.