Millennials Are Less Likely to Support Gun Control Than You’d Think

From NBC News:

by Rachel Witkin
Jul 24 2016

Four years ago a man pointed a gun at Ryan Bradley and called him a “white devil.”

Ever since, he’s been passionate about gun rights.

“I never want to be in that situation again,” Bradley, 24, told NBC News. “Luckily, he didn’t shoot me but I can guarantee you if there was any gun laws on the books he would probably still have his gun.”

Sarah Clements, 20, became a gun control activist after her mother, a second grade teacher, survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“I became an accidental activist, and realized that the only way I would be able to move forward from what happened was if I transformed my pain into positive action,” Clements told NBC News.

While Nza-Ari Khepra, 19, the co-founder of violence awareness campaigns Project Orange Tree and the Wear Orange campaign has been working to prevent gun violence ever since her friend Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed in Chicago in 2013 after performing at the White House days earlier.

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.

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.

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