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Published 10/05/15

National and international publications feature sociology professor's expertise on guns in U.S.

In the wake of last week’s shooting at an Oregon community college and renewed calls for gun control, Professor of Sociology Gregg Carter, Ph.D., was quoted by Agence France-Presse about demographic trends among gun rights activists.

There are some long-term demographic trends which point to a shift in attitudes and the waning power of the gun rights lobby, Carter says. Gun rights activists tend to be white Republicans while women, immigrants and people of color tend to be more likely to support both Democrats and gun controls: and their numbers are growing, he noted

Carter, the editor of Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture and the Law, said that while gun sales have been very strong for the past two decades, the overall rate of gun ownership is actually down.

The Agence France-Presse article was picked up by several publications including Yahoo!, as well as many French and Spanish publications.

An internationally recognized expert who is frequently sought out by media throughout the United States and abroad, Carter was also featured on the CBC News website saying that “the chances of a breakthrough (to tighter gun control laws) are not good.”