Saturday’s #MarchForOurLives rally was hailed as the biggest youth protest since the Vietnam War, only there is one problem, it wasn’t. According to sociologist Dana R. Fisher from the University of Maryland, only 10% of the attendees were under the age of 18.
So what was the average age? Fisher said it was “just under 49 years old.”
The sociologist is studying the “resistance” to President Donald Trump and what is the demographic makeup of the movement. She was summarizing her data in an op-ed for the Washington Post:
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.
Of the participants one in four were attending their first political rally, but Fisher revealed they weren’t 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.
With all of this in mind, will the left be victorious in their gun-control push or will this farce they built on will be the end of them?