Rampant generalizations don’t generally require a response, but it’s always good to keep an eye on what the gun grabbers are up to.
NBC News is touting a “shocking” new study about gun ownership in the United States which seems designed to see what sort of generalizations they can draw about people who exercise their Second Amendment rights. (And perhaps to give an idea of where they’d need to go to grab them all if that became possible.) Published by something called Injury Prevention, the numbers will be shocking… to anyone who has never paid any attention to this subject.
A new study aimed at figuring out who owns gun in the United States and why suggests that about a third of Americans have at least one.
Most are white males over the age of 55, and a “gun culture” is closely linked with ownership, the team at Columbia University reports.
The study, published in the journal Injury Prevention, is one of several trying to pin down the number of gun owners in the United States. No agency keeps statistics on gun ownership and many pro-gun activists advocate keeping gun ownership private because of fears about potential future laws that might take guns away.
Without having much more to draw on, the survey seeks to break down the respondents into geographical areas by state and as to whether or not they live in a “gun culture.” (Gee… that’s not too leading of a question, is it?) By that they mean people who regularly participate in gun related sports and activities. They find stark differences along geographic lines, pointing out that in the Northeast, Rhode Island has the lowest rate of gun ownership at 5.8% while Vermont has the highest with 28.8%. I wonder if anyone conducting the survey ever stopped to consider that those number correlate with states which have the most oppressive gun laws (Rhode Island) and the ones with virtually no gun control laws at all. (Vermont) It’s really funny how that works, eh?