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Wed Jul 13, 2016, 04:15 PM

The simple, surprising factor that explains America’s gun problem

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Research links racism and gun ownership

Source: Fusion, by Sean McElwee and Jason McDaniel



Racially resentful white people love guns
The first step in our analysis was to understand the individual characteristics and political alliances and beliefs that are associated with gun ownership. To do this, we examined data from the 2012 American National Election Studies survey. Using a model that controlled for race, age, gender, education, income, partisan identification, geography and ideology, we found that racial resentment is highly correlated with gun ownership.







Racially resentful white people don’t like gun control
We also found that racial resentment strongly predicts opposition to gun control, controlling for race, age, education, partisanship, ideology, geographic region, income and gender. A person who is very racially resentful is much more likely to oppose gun control measures than one who is not.




And...
In order to corroborate these results, we also examined the 2014 Cooperative Congressional Election Study, a survey of more than 50,000 people conducted in the fall of the election year (every federal election year since 2010) that uses some of the same questions as the American National Election Studies to measure respondents’ levels of racial resentment. We looked at how strongly people with varying levels of resentment toward black people supported (or didn’t support) five major gun-related policies:







Racially resentful white people are highly passionate about guns
In addition to racial attitudes, gun control efforts are hampered by a concept political scientists call “issue salience”: the fact that the issue of gun control is much more important to some people than others. In particular, our research shows that those who oppose gun control are more mobilized and care more about the issue than those who oppose it.




Much more at: http://fusion.net/story/324449/racial-resentment-guns-research/

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Reply The simple, surprising factor that explains America’s gun problem (Original post)
yallerdawg Jul 2016 OP
morningfog Jul 2016 #1
Angry Dragon Jul 2016 #2
guillaumeb Jul 2016 #3
hack89 Jul 2016 #4
yallerdawg Jul 2016 #6
JaneyVee Jul 2016 #8
hack89 Jul 2016 #10
no_hypocrisy Jul 2016 #5
yallerdawg Jul 2016 #7
1StrongBlackMan Jul 2016 #11
rock Jul 2016 #9
yallerdawg Jul 2016 #12
glennward Jul 2016 #13
In_The_Wind Jul 2016 #14

Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 04:17 PM

1. I'm SHOCKED! This really gets to the bottom of it. Racist paranoia and fear.

 

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 04:18 PM

2. interesting

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 04:23 PM

3. White people, and working people generally, have been under attack by the 1%

since the Reagan years. This has resulted in stagnant incomes and social instability.

The GOP would have white workers believe that non-whites are responsible for this decline in living standards. This is called the "Southern strategy".

Gun owners have the illusion of power and safety, an illusion promoted by the media and the US "gun culture establishment".

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 04:26 PM

4. So the NRA is not the real villain after all?

that makes things a lot harder. Instead a single organization with 5 million members, you have several hundred million white people to deal with.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 04:31 PM

6. As you say.

NRA is just a gun sales organization.

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Response to hack89 (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 04:40 PM

8. The NRA is the one stoking fear.

 

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 04:42 PM

10. Not according to the OP. nt

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 04:27 PM

5. Is there any correlation of gun ownership predicated on the beliefs that Police can't or won't

use its authority and use of force to "control" non-white races and that the control is a duty of society? And the need to own a gun is more of a vigilante reaction?

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 04:33 PM

7. Sounds like...

that's one way of looking at it.

A very scary way...

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 04:46 PM

11. LOL ... Isn't that pretty much an operationalization of the ...

 

Racial Resentment definition?

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 04:41 PM

9. I'm suspicious, but not making any claims mind you

The first two graphs look way too ideal, don't you think. Could the graphs be any better at making your point? Well, yes, if they had steeper slopes, but they couldn't be any smoother!

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 04:48 PM

12. Our 2016 Democratic Party Platform (Draft)


Gun Violence Prevention

With 33,000 Americans dying every year, Democrats believe that we must finally take sensible action to address gun violence. While gun ownership is part of the fabric of many communities, too many families in America have suffered from gun violence. We can respect the rights of responsible gun owners while keeping our communities safe. We will expand background checks and close dangerous loopholes in our current laws, hold irresponsible dealers and manufacturers accountable, keep weapons of war—such as assault weapons—off our streets, and ensure guns do not fall into the hands of terrorists, domestic abusers, other violent criminals, and those with severe mental health issues.

http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/dnc_platform.pdf

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:15 PM

13. I guess they dream of shooting a black or other minority? nt

 

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Wed Jul 13, 2016, 06:53 PM

14. Locking. This forum is for discussion of the 2016 Presidential, Congressional, and local elections.

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