On Nov. 20th, a media research firm called Media Curves.com used a CNN report about an extremist organization called "Oath Keepers," to analyze beliefs and attitudes around militia groups and the Second Amendment. In short, once Americans become aware of the militia movement's extremist anti-government rhetoric, support the "Second Amendment" declines drastically.
Results of a new media study among 300 Americans revealed that the majority (53%) reported that armed militia groups should be outlawed in the United States after viewing a news clip featuring a militia group.
The study was conducted by HCD Research using its MediaCurves.com® website on November 19-20, to obtain viewers’ perceptions of a video clip featuring a group called the Oath Keepers. The group is a nonprofit organization that non-violently resists the actions taken by the U.S. Government to overstep constitutional boundaries. To view interest curves and detailed results go to: www.mediacurves.com.
The percentage of viewers that support the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which protects the right to keep and bear arms, declined from 80% to 73% after viewing the video. In addition, more than one-third of the viewers (37%) reported that the existence of the Oath Keepers organization causes them to feel less safe.
Among the findings:
Should armed militia groups be outlawed in the United States?
Should armed groups such as the Oath Keepers be outlawed in the United States?
Are you in favor of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which protects the right to keep and bear arms?
Before Video 80% -- After Video 73%
Before Video 20% -- After Video 27%
How does the existence of the Oath Keepers organization impact your feelings of safety?
I feel safer because this group exists: 17%
I feel less safe because this group exists: 37%
I do not feel any more or less safe because this group exists: 46%
While viewing the video, participants indicated their levels of agreement by moving their mouse from left to right on a continuum. The responses were recorded in quarter-second intervals and reported in the form of curves. The participants were also asked to respond to post-viewing questions.