This thesis explores the controversial issue of gun control in the United States of America, focusing on the best predictors of attitudes toward gun control. The concerns created by firearms has caused the majority of American citizens to favor laws which would regulate the legal sale of guns. Although most people agree that gun control laws should be enforced, there are still people that oppose gun control. After using variables from the General Social Survey and software from the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, the variables of owning a gun, sex, hunting, and religion were found to have the most effect on attitudes toward gun control. Males that own a gun, are Protestant, and go hunting were found to oppose gun control most frequently. Together these variables create an image of a rugged man from the frontier days when carrying and using firearms were a normal part of life.


Hurst, Charles


Sociology and Anthropology

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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