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Response to GGJohn (Original post)

Wed May 27, 2015, 09:18 AM

5. Uh-huh. They are in deep denial.

At most, this tracks gun-owner trust in pollsters from Chicago. (And are the GSS interviews randomized nationwide, or are they clustered in/around Chicago? Because Chicago, and Illinois in general, are severe outliers from national gun-ownership norms.)

The GSS data is also wildly divergent from other gun-ownership metrics that are less prone to underreporting, such as NICS data, carry licence data, and surveys that at least attempt to preserve anonymity.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/1645/Guns.aspx



Even with anonymous polling, the sharp decrease in self-reported ownership after the Third Way made lawful gun owners Public Enemy Number One in 1993-1994 is noteworthy. To take the self-reported answers at face value would be to imagine that 20+ million gun owners suddenly became non-gun-owners in the space of 4 years, despite gun sales and gun license applications doubling or tripling in that time.

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