Janelle Wong is an Associate Professor of American Studies and the Director of Asian American Studies at University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Her research focuses on race, immigration, and political mobilization. Dr. Wong is the author of Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006, University of Michigan Press) and co-author of two books on Asian American politics. She is currently working on a book about the impact Asian American and Latino evangelical Christians will have on the traditional conservative Christian movement and immigrant political participation. Recently, PRRI had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Wong in depth about some of the 2014 American Values Survey’s findings on Asian Americans.
Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers?
In response to the Sandy Hook shooting, teachers should be armed, says Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Roughly 1-in-10 Americans (but 35% of Tea Party members) say that allowing more private citizens to carry guns for protection is the most important thing that can be done to prevent mass shootings.
Marc Ambinder argues that gun control should include ammunition control too.
Why do so many school shootings occur in small towns? Wonkblog has some theories.
Meanwhile, a Utah 6th-grader is in custody after bringing a gun to school, reportedly so that he could defend himself in case of an attack.
Beginning next year, French girls between the ages of 15 and 18 will be able to access free birth control, without parental permission or notification. It’s unlikely this proposal would be popular on the other side of the Atlantic, where only 52% of Americans agree that methods of birth control should be generally available to teenagers age 16 and over without parental approval.
Pew’s new survey on global religion shows there are as many religiously unaffiliated people worldwide as there are Catholics. For more on the diverse makeup of the religiously unaffiliated in the U.S., check out our recent survey.