Date of Award

2-2015

Document Type

Capstone-Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Program Name

Public Administration

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Christi Bartman

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to gain an understanding of how lobbyists influence gun laws and explore American attitudes towards lobbyists. This topic is important due to the recent spike in gun related massacres that are more prevalent in our society. This thesis will be part research and also utilize qualitative methodology to provide the reader with an understanding of the topic based on previous literature and new data through the use of a survey to obtain individuals’ thoughts and perceptions. The research found that lobbyists’ organizations utilize vast amounts of resources in order to convey their message to legislators and influence the voting outcomes of virtually all laws concerning gun rights. To state that lobbyists’ influences are negative cannot be supported by the research. The research has found that whether or not an individual agrees with the influences from lobbyists in terms of gun legislation largely depends on their own political views and attitudes toward gun control. Regardless of this finding, pro-gun lobbyists have an unhealthy influence over legislators and the political institution concerning gun laws.

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