by WorldTribune Staff, March 30, 2018
The impression given by the mainstream media’s “coverage” of high school students’ March for Our Lives was that underage students were rising up against school violence.
Coverage featured photogenic young men with all their hair shaking fists in the air. Americans not paying close attention may have been taken in.
But what was the average age of march participants? That would be 48, according to research by University of Maryland sociologist Dana R. Fisher.
Fisher’s research revealed that those under age 18 made up less than 10 percent of the participants in the main March for Our Lives anti-gun protest in Washington, D.C. on March 24.
Fisher published an op-ed in the Washington Post on March 28 summarizing her findings:
“Contrary to what’s been reported in many media accounts, the D.C. March for Our Lives crowd was not primarily made up of teenagers. Only about 10 percent of the participants were under 18. The average age of the adults in the crowd was just under 49-years-old, which is older than participants at the other marches I’ve surveyed but similar to the age of the average participant at the Million Moms March in 2000, which was also about gun control.”
Fisher noted that many at the March for Our Lives were not even motivated by gun control:
“Even more interesting, the new protesters were less motivated by the issue of gun control. In fact, only 12 percent of the people who were new to protesting reported that they were motivated to join the march because of the gun-control issue, compared with 60 percent of the participants with experience protesting.
Instead, new protesters reported being motivated by the issues of peace (56 percent) and Trump (42 percent), who has been a galvanizing force for many protests.”
Read Fisher’s full article here.