Recently, empirical attention has been directed toward understanding public opinion about gun control laws. Despite this focus, three gaps are evident in extant scholarship. First, few current examinations have relied on recently collected, national data to explore predictors of public attitudes. Second, relatively little work systematically investigates whether type of weapon bans (e.g. handgun versus semi-automatic weapon) affects public support for a given gun control initiative. Third, and importantly, the general focus in predicting support for gun control measures has been on social and demographic factors. Little is known from a theoretical perspective about how other variables—such as knowledge of Constitutional issues or perceptions of the U.S. Supreme Court—affect public attitudes toward gun control. Using national poll data collected in 2011 by Time magazine, this study addresses these research gaps by estimating several logistic regression analyses. Research and policy implications are discussed.
|Commitee:||Arneklev, Bruce, Kalinich, David|
|School:||Florida Atlantic University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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