Recent research by MTV Insights has apparently found that millennial supporters of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump also share the same views on gun control. Specifically, they seem all for it. According to a national survey of 500 millennials aged 18 to 34, an eye-opening 95 percent of Clinton supporters also responded that they wanted additional gun control measures. Surprisingly, the call for gun control was even stronger among Trump’s camp, with 97 percent approving gun control. Some have already called into question the accuracy of the MTV survey, while others pointed out that 500 respondents may be too small of a group for any comprehensive insights. Additionally, Mic reported that Mariana Agathoklis, vice president of MTV Communications, declined to release the full research data for proprietary reasons.

According to MTV’s study:

However, this flies in the face of some previous surveys, which found that the majority of millennials actually supported gun rights. According to a 2015 survey by the Pew Research Center, millennials opposed the ban on so-called “assault weapons” more than any other generation.  Additionally, the 18 to 34 demographic also opposed restricting certain types of ammunition, and are less likely than older generations to support further restrictions on firearm sales. At the same time, young gun owners are one of the fastest rising demographics for firearm retailers, along with women. Experts attribute this to not just traditional draws like hunting or sport shooting, but also the increased attention on self-defense.

The two surveys do agree on a few areas though. Millennials overwhelmingly support background checks and, in some cases, increasing them. Respondents also placed a high priority on keeping firearms from criminals and the mentally ill. While the majority of those surveyed in the MTV study may support gun control, it should be noted that 81 percent said that gun access is necessary for those that wish to protect themselves. Some commentators have pointed to this fact as proof that despite calls for further restrictions, the right to bear arms is still firmly entrenched in the American psyche.

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11 thoughts on “MTV vs. Pew Research Center Surveys: Which One is Correct on Gun Control?

  1. When you lead with the assumption that stricter background checks and other more onerous gun control laws will make us safer of course you’re going to get the answers you wanted.
    Ask people if they are in favor of laws that create “gun free zones” where legally authorized armed adult are forbidden from going armed while nothing is done to prevent the criminal or terrorist from ignoring the rule and freely robbing, raping, or killing large numbers. I suspect your answer will be quite different.

  2. Do You Patronize Gun Free Zones That Undermine Your Freedoms – Fact is, mindless gun-free zones are what mass shootings have in common. They are Killing Zones, free from good guys with guns. That’s why the Aurora movie theater killer chose the more distant theater where guns were not allowed and thus where he wouldn’t have to worry about his
    plan being foiled.

    1. Carry concealed, protected by your 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment rights as well as your 2nd Amendment rights. Still better to be judged by 12, than to be carried by 6.

  3. This would all be terribly, terribly interesting if my rights were subject to a public opinion poll. They’re not. In the wake of every politician mouthing their promises to disarm the law-abiding, those same law-abiding people empty the shelves at their nearest gun store. Do you suspect they’re buying those guns so they will have something to hand over when they become illegal? I suspect they’re gearing up for the civil war they can see coming.

    And it will be the most uncivil civil war anyone has ever seen. Most of the police will be on our side; most of the military will be on our side. Senators, Representatives, cabinet members, and bureau heads will go into hiding lest they meet a heretofore-otherwise-law-abiding citizen.

    Oh, please don’t go there.

      1. It’s not wanna be heroes oh so misinformed Chuck. It’s from a nation of people that are very quickly tiring of an over reaching abusive government. The 2nd Amendment was made for just such a situation, & many Americans feel that we are reaching the tipping point after the last 8 years of progressive, leftist, divisive rule. Basically, you are the problem here.

    1. I submit that the Obama administration would like nothing better than a failed uprising against it’s blatantly anti-Constitution , anti-American , freedom destroying regime . Obama as president for life would inevitably lead to the destruction of United States of America . Anything less than a totally successful restoration to Constitutional government would have the same outcome . There must be no widespread disruption or our enemies would attack like a pack of jackels on an injured antelope .

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