The terrorist attack in Orlando has all Americans divided over issues of gun control and terrorism, but millennials are especially torn over how to react in the aftermath.
A Fox News poll released late Wednesday revealed that a majority of millennials believed that carrying a firearm makes Americans safer and had someone at the Pulse nightclub been carrying a gun that less innocent people would have died but that doesn’t mean they’re against more gun control.
According to the report, 50 percent of millennials believed guns made people safer, while 31 percent said they made people more dangerous. Additionally 52 percent believed that civilian lives would have been saved at Orlando if someone else had been carrying a firearm.
There was also a plurality of millennials that said their immediate reaction after hearing of the massacre in Orlando was to buy a firearm, while a minority said they wanted to rid the country of guns, 44 to 31 percent respectively.
So, while it seems that conservatives have won millennials on believing in the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment, liberals have won the public relations war in treating the incident like a mass shooting, rather than a terrorist attack by a radical jihadist.
A whopping 50 percent of millennials said the attack in Orlando was “mass murder,” while just 38 percent said it was an act of “terrorism.”
By equating the Orlando attack to mass murder, millennials have equated that attack with other shootings like Columbine and Sandy Hook, rather than terrorist attacks like San Bernardino and 9/11.
That’s why ultimately a majority of millennials, 53 to 25 percent, want the U.S. Congress to pass stricter gun control laws, even though most of them believe more guns make people safer and a plurality want a firearm themselves.