Date of Award

Spring 2017


This study uses mixed methods to examine people’s attitudes about gun control, and factors that affect them. These factors include whether people feel safe in their neighborhoods, have experienced previous victimization, as well as respondents’ income, gender, and age. A secondary data analysis of General Social Survey (GSS) data from 2004 was conducted (n= 854). In addition, three semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted to add further context and perspective. The regression analysis showed that fear within neighborhoods and respondent’s gender were significant predictors for attitudes about gun control. Previous victimization, income, and age were not significant predictors of respondents’ attitudes about gun control. The interviews discussed the safety concerns people have about gun violence within neighborhoods and the diversity of responses people may have to victimization.

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