College Students Want Stricter Guns laws, Background Checks
Last weekend, seven people died and 22 suffered fatal injuries during a mass shooting in Odessa and Midland, Texas adding to the already rising tally of thousands of deaths from gun violence reported from across the country this year.
And every time when an incident of gun violence happens anywhere in the nation, the debate around stricter gun laws start taking momentum, including on the college campuses.
A recent survey of 5,000 undergraduates by the College Pulse found that more than 76 percent of college students want stricter gun laws.
Out of every 10 students, six fear that a mass shooting could happen at their school, while 40 percent of students skip going out and avoid crowded places to feel safer.
Many students favor banning assault-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
More female students and those from ethnic and racial minorities support the ban on assault weapons compared to male students. The support for universal background checks and extending the background check review period is also found overwhelmingly among female students.
About 59 percent of students would consider voting against a candidate who is a strong supporter of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Another recent survey by World Education News + Reviews (WES) found many international students worried about gun violence at their institution and in local communities.
Students from Southeast Asia are most likely to be worried about gun violence both at their institution and the local community, followed by students from South and Central Asia, East Asia, and the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), who also express high levels of concern.