Study Finds Racism Strongly Linked With Gun Ownership For White Americans

gun controlSelf-destructive psychology via a press release from the University of Manchester:

A new study has found that higher levels of racism in white Americans is strongly associated with having a gun in the home and greater opposition to gun control policies.

After accounting for numerous factors such as income, education and political ideology, researchers found that for each one point increase (on a scale from one to five) in symbolic racism there was a 50 percent increase in the odds of having a gun in the home and a 28 percent increase in support for policies allowing people to carry concealed guns.

Research suggest[s] that having a gun in the home is related to a 2.7 and 4.8 fold increase in the risk of a member of that home dying from homicide or suicide, respectively.

The research was led by Dr Kerry O’Brien from The University of Manchester and Monash University. Dr. O’Brien said: “US whites oppose gun control to a far greater extent than do blacks, but whites are actually more likely to kill themselves with their guns than be killed by someone else. Why would you keep them? So we decided to examine what social and psychological factors predict gun ownership.”


13 Comments on "Study Finds Racism Strongly Linked With Gun Ownership For White Americans"

  1. Oginikwe | Nov 1, 2013 at 2:55 pm |

    The University of Manchester link says that this study was posted on PLoS but it’s no where to be found. ?? Anyone have a link to this study?

  2. DeepCough | Nov 1, 2013 at 3:19 pm |

    Racists have always struck me as very insistent and pugnacious about their point of view, so much that they’ll do it with their hands on a trigger.

  3. chasingthedragon | Nov 1, 2013 at 3:49 pm |

    You could also say that racists are much more likely to own a tractor, or a cow for that matter. I think that the more rural the area is, the higher precentage of racism would exist, as well as a higher precentage of gun ownership. This entire premise is flawed.

  4. I submit that the correlation is fear.

  5. Well, this is shocking.

  6. Eric_D_Read | Nov 1, 2013 at 5:31 pm |

    You also need to watch out for white people who use toilet paper.
    You know who else used toilet paper? Hitler.
    Think about it…

  7. Dingbert | Nov 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm |

    Just ignore the fact that the highest correlation to gun ownership was anti-government sentiment and that the four(!) symbolic racism questions asked were admittedly about race-related policy decisions.

  8. InfvoCuernos | Nov 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm |

    Of course they’re racist-they didn’t vote for Obama. (<=sarcasm).

  9. Taan Maat | Nov 2, 2013 at 8:58 am |

    Lets turn the whole world into a gun free zone so no mean racists with their scary guns can ever hurt people again!

  10. I ask, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.

    ~ Sam Adams

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