Released: August 21, 2000
RESPONSES TO ALL QUESTIONS: (Weighted)*
1) YEAR IN SCHOOL
|YEAR IN SCHOOL||%|
2) SCHOOL TYPE
3) SCHOOL SIZE
4) SCHOOL SAFE
Would you rate your school as very safe, fairly safe, somewhat unsafe, or very unsafe?
5) PERSONAL SAFETY
Are you ever concerned about personal safety at school, or on the way to and from school?
6) CARRY GUN
Has anyone you know ever carried a gun in school or on the way to or from school?
7) THREATENED OR SHOT
Do you know of anyone in your school who has been threatened with a gun or shot at?
|THREATENED OR SHOT||%|
Not including military combat, have you or anyone close to you-- such as a friend or relative -- ever been shot by a gun?
9) GUN DISCUSSION
Within the last year, have you discussed gun controlissues in class, at home or with your friends?
10) GUN MEDIA
Have you seen anything about gun control issues in the media?
11) STRICTER GUN LAWS?
In general, do you feel that laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict,less strict or kept as they are now?
|STRICTER GUN LAWS||%|
12) COOLING OFF PERIOD
Require a 5-day waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a handgun, to keep the buyer from acting on impulse against himself or others.
|COOLING OFF PERIOD||%|
13) REGISTER HANDGUNS
Register all handguns, at the time of purchase, so that they could be traced by the police when necessary for criminal investigations.
14) BACKGROUND CHECK
Require all handgun buyers to pass a criminal background check, whether they are buying the gun from a gun dealer or a private individual; at a store or gun show?
Require handgun buyers to obtain a gun owner's license before purchasing a handgun.
16) RAISE AGE
Raise the age at which someone can purchase a handgun from 18 to 21.
17) BAN CIVILIANPOSSESSION
Ban the possession of handguns except by the police and other authorized personnel.
18) BAN ALL POSSESSION
Ban the possession of handguns by all persons, even the police.
|BAN ALL POSSESSION||%|
19) TRIGGER LOCK
Require all guns sold in the US to have a trigger lock, a device that prevents a gun from being fired until the device is unlocked and removed.
20) SAFETY COURSE
Require anyone who wants to buy a gun to first pass a gun safety course.
21) CHILDREN AND SAFE STORAGE
Hold adults criminally responsible if they fail to store a gun safely and a child harms himself or someone else with that gun.
|CHILDREN AND SAFE STORAGE||%|
22) LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN
The government should do everything it can to keep handguns out of the hands of criminals, even if it means that it will be harder for law-abiding citizens to purchase handguns.
In your opinion, does the US Constitution guarantee individual citizens the right to own firearms?
24) REGULATION ANDCONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS
Do you believe that laws regulating the sale and use of handguns violate the constitutional rights of gun owners?(Not asked of respondents who answered No on #23).
|REGULATION AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS||%|
Questions 25 to 30 measure potential for gun-control activism.They were not asked of a small group of respondents (about 8 percent of the sample)who responses to items 11 (less or same) and/or 15 (disapprove) revealed that they were generally opposed to control measures.
25) ACTIVISM: PETITION
Suppose a friend who thinks like you do about these issues asked you to sign a petition calling for stronger gun control laws. On a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being very Unlikely and 5 being very likely, how likely is it that you would sign the petition
|Very Unlikely (5)||9.4|
|Very likely (1)||43.1|
26) ACTIVISM: MEETING
Attend a meeting of a group that promotes stricter gun control.
|Very unlikely (5)||15.9|
|Very likely (1)||18.9|
27) ACTIVISM: OFFICIAL
Attend a meeting of students with a local official to urge passage of stricter gun laws.
|Very unlikely (5)||13.2|
|Very likely (1)||23.5|
28) ACTIVISM: MARCH
Participate in a demonstration or protest march for stronger gun control.
|Very unlikely (5)||25.9|
|Very likely (1)||13.6|
29) ACTIVISM: VOLUNTEER 5 HOURS
Volunteer 5 hours a week for a gun control group.
|Very Unlikely (5)||30.9|
|Very likely (1)||9.8|
30) ACTIVISM: YOUTH INFLUENCE
On the same 1-to-5 scale, how likely do you think it is that organized efforts by young people could influence gun laws?
|Very unlikely (5)||6.7|
|Very likely (1)||21.9|
Which best describes the place you live? Rural Area; Suburb; Town or City under 100k; Medium-sized City, between 100k & 500k; Large City over 500k.
32) NEIGHBORHOOD INCOMES
Compared to other Americans, would you say that the families in your neighborhood have incomesin thetop third, in the middle third, or in the lower third?
33) NEIGHBORHOOD GUN PURCHASE
Would it be easy for a person your age, living in your neighborhood to obtain a handgun?
|NEIGHBORHOOD GUN PURCHASE||%|
34) NEIGHBORHOOD GUN VIOLENCE
To your knowledge, has anyone ever been killed or seriously injured by a gunshot in your neighborhood?
|NEIGHBORHOOD GUN VIOLENCE||%|
35) WHEN GUN VIOLENCE?
How recently did this happen? Stop me when I get to the right time period. Within the last week, within . .. (Asked only of respondents who answered Yes to #34)
|WHEN GUN VIOLENCE?||%|
37) RACE/ ETHNICITY
Which category best describes your ethnic or racial background?White, Black or African American, Hispanic, Asian, Other or Mixed.
Do you live with both parents, your mother only, your mother and stepfather, your father only,or your father and stepmother, neither parent, or shared time with both.
[2PARENTS & PARENTS]
39) FAMILY INCOME
If you had to make a rough guess, what will your family's income be this year?
40) FATHER'S EDUCATION
How much education did your father complete? Did not complete high school, High School, Some College, College graduate, Post graduate education.
41) MOTHER'S EDUCATION
How much education did your mother complete?
42) LONG GUNS
Do you or anyone else in your household own a rifle or shotgun?
Do you or anyone else in your household own a handgun?
Do you or anyone in your household belong to the NRA-- the National Rifle Association?
Do you consider yourself a Democrat, Republican or neither?
Do you consider yourself Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, some other religion or no religion at all?
47) BORN AGAIN
Would you describe yourself as an evangelical or born again Christian? [Not asked of respondents who replied Jewish or none on previous question]
48) VIDEO GAMES
In the past week, have you played any first person action games, such as Half-Life, Bond or Quake, where the objective is to kill your opponent?
What have your grades been during the current school year? Stop me when I get to the right level
|A's & B's||33.0|
|B's & C's||17.2|
|C's & D's||5.2|
|D's & F's||1.1|
50) STUDY PLANS
How much schooling do you expect to complete? May not finish HS,HS, Some College, College graduate, Post graduate education
*NOTES: Results are weighted for parents' education, for region, race/ethnicity, and year in school. "Not sure" responses (always volunteered) and refusals were excluded from tabulations unless they exceed 1 percent of sample.