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U of M poll finds young people support tougher gun control (and guns too)


A new University of Michigan studyfinds young people are supportive of more gun control and of guns.

The University of Michigan School of Public Health conducts a regular text message poll of young people, between the ages of 14 to 24 years old.

The poll published this week by the Journal of the American Medical Association was conducted before the deadly Parkland school shooting in February. But this generation has grown up since the Columbine school shooting and the dozens of mass shootings that have happened since.

Researcher Kendrin Sonneville says two-thirds believe tougher gun control laws could decrease future mass shootings. However, a third say tougher gun control will have no impact.

"Gun in the home is fine. But also there should be bans on particular types of weapons," says Sonneville.  

Sonneville says young people appear “polarized” on guns, like American adults.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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