Study: Gun owners more racist

Criminals are very likely racist, according to a new study. (AJC file photo)

Criminals are very likely racist, according to a new study. (AJC file photo)

Are you racist if you have a gun in your home?

According to a study by foreigners, yes.

Researchers in England and Australia randomly dialed phone numbers until they found white voters willing to take part in their study. Those who agreed to participate were paid $10 a month from January 2008 to September 2009 and provided Internet access if they didn’t have it.

Respondents were quizzed to gauge their level of racism.

Here’s a few of the questions:

  • How well does the word ‘violent’ describe most blacks?
  • How much do you agree with the following statement? “Generations of slavery and discrimination have created conditions that make it difficult for blacks to work their way out of the lower class.”
  • “When it comes to politics, would you describe yourself as liberal, conservative, or neither liberal nor conservative?”
  • “Do you think the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens, or not?”
  • “Do you happen to have in your home or garage any guns or revolvers?”
  • “Do you own a ‘Zimmerman for President’ T-shirt?

OK, I made that last one up.

Using answers to most of the above questions, researchers “hypothesized that … anti-black racism would be associated with having a gun in the home, and opposition to gun controls.”

Racism even makes people buy guns, according to the study, which says, “for each 1 point increase in symbolic racism there was a 50% increase in the odds of having a gun at home.”

Here’s a couple more alarming conclusions:

  • Buying a gun makes you even more racist? “Simply owning a firearm may lead whites to develop more negative attitudes towards blacks,” the  researchers state.
  • Firearm fondling makes people more violent? “Just holding a firearm can produce enhanced salivary testosterone levels and [lead to] displays of increased aggression toward others,” the study says.

Let’s check out what the media says about this study.

In New York, a state that requires handguns be registered, The New York Daily News says “Racism and guns go together.”

That seems unbiased.

An article on has the headline “Study Linking Gun Ownership and Racism is Flawed, Most Media Fail to Notice.

Libertarian political commentator Greg Gutfeld called the study’s premise “totally false” on Fox News. He said U.S. Justice Department statistics show 93 percent of black victims of gun-related homicide were killed by black perpetrators, while 84 percent of white victims of gun-related homicide were killed by white perpetrators.

Economist John Lott said it took him less than six hours to debunk the study.

“Disappointingly, none of the media coverage on this paper even bothered asking other academics to critique these claims,” Lott said. “The notion that gun owners must be racist appears to fit journalists’ worldview so well it probably never dawned on them that this research was fatally flawed.”

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57 comments Add your comment


November 5th, 2013
10:15 am

What a crock of horse squeeze. Whomever created that survey should be fired! Why did they require the survey takers needed to be white males? Don’t they know that blacks are also gun owners in a lot of places in the US? What about women? I know plenty of women who are gun owners and you would not want to mess with them for they wouldn’t hesitate to put a cap in your arse.

Racists come in all shapes, sizes and colors. But I’m sure MSNBCPMSBS will be all over the results of this “survey.”

Clint Likker

November 5th, 2013
10:26 am

Does that apply to black gun owners as well? Are they more inclined to hate whites than other blacks? This wasn’t even worth you wasting the bandwidth to publish it. Always looking to make white males out to be the bad guys in any situation. How about stop discriminating against them?


November 5th, 2013
10:35 am

studies show that most studies are a complete waste of time.


November 5th, 2013
10:39 am

The leading question on the survey is a tip off the research being conducted was biased and/or slanted. I would have discontinued the survey right there. I have ended surveys in the past believing the surveyor was conducting a biased survey.


November 5th, 2013
10:40 am

“How much do you agree with the following statement? ‘Generations of slavery and discrimination have created conditions that make it difficult for blacks to work their way out of the lower class.’”

If I am not mistaken, I believe this is an occasional talking point for one side, but I don’t think it is the side the authors of the study think.

“Do you think the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens, or not?”

Edward Snowden certainly did.


November 5th, 2013
10:43 am

This is stupid. People were called at random and offered a small fee. Only low life and unemployed would take up this offer. Do not pretend that this study is in any way a reflection on how MOST whites feel. I feel insulted that the AJC even printed this.

lord of the flies

November 5th, 2013
10:46 am

If the study was proven invalid why is the AJC publishing this? I would consider paying for myAJC if I was sure that the articles would be actual news and not “horse squeeze” like this.


November 5th, 2013
10:52 am

Are you serious? What a piece of trash to post. I mean, we are REALLY lacking news if this is what we are reporting on… I wish I had never read this.


November 5th, 2013
11:06 am

“Researchers in England and Australia randomly dialed phone numbers until they found white voters willing to take part in their study.”

Random? How is it “random” if you are targeting one race and paying them to answer agenda laden questions about another race. No wonder the word term racist / racism has LOST all meaning in today’s society — and this particular “study” was not even done in the US!

I am 48 years old and NOT ONCE have I EVER been asked to participate in a valid study, survey, poll, etc… Talking with many of my friends all over the country with varying backgrounds, and not one of them has done so either! This is the main reason I don’t give any credence to any polling or study data that is offered up to the dumbmasses. I must say, this is the final nail in the coffin for taking anything the media or pollsters seriously.


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11:13 am


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November 5th, 2013
11:18 am

and a rousing chorus goes up! BS! BS! BS! BS! BS! BS! BS! BS!

The Geezer

November 5th, 2013
11:19 am

Well, I own a gun and I have found that most black people and most white people are common ordinary people just trying to get along in life and are decent people with manners and values.

Its the occasional piece of trash ( black or white) that give the rest a bad name and can’t be trusted. Thus the need for guns.

Read somewhere once that God don’t make no trash and that is true. But some people make themselves into trash by their actions and attitudes.

I believe what MLK Jr said i.e. judge a man by the content of his character and not the color of his skin, and btw I am an old white man.

People without character (whether black or white) conveniently forget the content of character part or hate that statement by MLK Jr in its entirety because it highlights what they are.

The Geezer

November 5th, 2013
11:25 am

Oh, and anybody that fans the flames of racism in this country ought to be horse whipped.

My Three Cents

November 5th, 2013
11:37 am

What a waste of print space and a total waste of time to read..


November 5th, 2013
11:44 am

Dear AJC – is it possible to layout your paper so that Op Eds like this are NOT listed under “Latest Headlines”? The implication is that this is a news piece. It is clear to someone like me that it is not, but it may not be to others. If I had known it was an Op Ed I could have saved myself time wasted reading this rant.


November 5th, 2013
11:57 am

We already knew this. The small sample of Americans in this blog supports the conclusion for our country as well.

Willie Jones

November 5th, 2013
11:57 am

George wrote (and published, hahaha)
“Racism even makes people by guns, according to the study, which says, “for each 1 point increase in symbolic racism there was a 50% increase in the odds of having a gun at home.”

I don’t have a degree in journalism, but the use of “by” should be “BUY”, as in purchase.
Come on, George. Buy a gun and get with it.


November 5th, 2013
11:59 am

A very, very flawed “study”, in my opinion. These “researchers” sound more like media types in search of a story to write, accurate or not.

Morris Devereaux

November 5th, 2013
12:08 pm

I’d like to see a study on how many completely biased left-wing “studies” are done each year and reported as valid by left-wing newspapers regardless of how invalid, prejudiced, biased or just plain dishonest they are.


November 5th, 2013
12:20 pm

Here’s a survey question for you:

If you, your spouse, and your children are asleep one night and some machete yielding thug kicks in your door, are you more likely to save your and their life with a gun in your hand or without?

Here’s my answer: BAAAAAMMMMM!!!!!!!!!


November 5th, 2013
12:22 pm

HaHaHa, this is downright hilarious. Next we will be seeing that football players are more violent towards their wives and girlfriends. Or perhaps that a chef is more apt to kill someone with a spatula.

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November 5th, 2013
12:23 pm

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Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to win an Oscar, for her role in Gone with the Wind.

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November 5th, 2013
12:34 pm

I am not surprised by this “finding.” However, it is misinterpreted. It is not racism it is pragmatism. How do we explain that a hefty portion of the gun owners are minorities?

There is a sentiment among gun owning white males, and a correct one, that young African American males are a security threat in any context, and the only way to deal with them is to be ready- armed. That is not racism. It is a response to a preponderance of evidence.


November 5th, 2013
12:40 pm

This is pure b.s. propaganda.-


November 5th, 2013
12:44 pm

This study makes assumptions that result in absurd conclusions. It infers that anyone who supports increased policing or capital punishment must be “afraid of blacks” and therefore racist. It is illogical to conclude that a white person who supports the death penalty must be racist because the largest group on death row and the most executions are white inmates.

It is a sad attempt by people driven by fear to smear gun owners with name calling, and it does not deserve the little exposure it has received on blogs.

Juan Carlos Diego Raul Sanchez

November 5th, 2013
12:46 pm



November 5th, 2013
12:48 pm

Once again the idiot media creates a controversial story by seeking out racial information from idiot whites (sensible whites need not apply). Then more idiot whites (the usual suspects on these pages) respond angrily at the story by posting racially tinged comments toward blacks (who had nothing to do with the research). Idiot blacks respond angrily to those comments, and the overall American culture of idiocy is advanced. In the end, all the idiots have their prejudices, fears, and ignorance’s reinforced.


November 5th, 2013
12:52 pm

So every single (black like me, or white, or Asian, or Latino) woman who decides to own a firearm has suddenly acquired a greater interest in decimating other races than in protecting her own household???

Here’s a suggestion for those making these presumptions…. Accept that you are NOT God, and you cannot presume to know the motives of AMERICAN individuals based off a survey of AUSTRALIANS and BRITS who are living in totally different societies!!!!

Hidden agenda

November 5th, 2013
12:56 pm

Video: Police beat boy with Down Syndrome for wearing colostomy bag

Thanks so much for linking to the DailyPaul website. You have more class than I gave you credit for.

But again, sadly these other great stories that really SHOULD be generating some real discussion (like the overwhelming number of similar stories of rampant violence and abuse of citizens by cops) get absolutely not one word unless they are your lead story.

How sad.

Hidden agenda

November 5th, 2013
1:00 pm

As for the Teen auctioning off her virginity, I say more power to you. Either you own your own body and can do with it what you want, or the GOVERNMENT owns it. No middle ground.

Most girls give up their virginity for a crappy dinner and a movie. $27,000 sounds like a pretty fair deal. After all, its her decision. You can talk and talk about freedom, but until you are willing to allow others to exercise their freedom, words mean nothing.


November 5th, 2013
1:06 pm

Most amusing! One need only look at the *statistics* regarding race and violence to determine pretty accurately what ‘race’ is beating up on what race. There may have been a time the downtown yuppies could peddle the ‘rural white racist’ card – but anyone remotely paying attention knows who the *real* racists are now – those who whip out the word as an ‘absolute defense against neutral examination’.


November 5th, 2013
1:11 pm

I’m a Gun Owner, and I’m Black. And I’m not a Racist. I don’t think most gun owners are racist. But I will say, I think lots of white gun owners are not fond of Black people. That doesn’t mean they are racist thou. And l have felt uncomfortable at gun shows sometimes where I’m clearly in the Minority and get looks from people like ” What the heck are you doing here”?

Voice of Reason

November 5th, 2013
1:13 pm

Surely, you must be shocked that a liberal rag would jump on a story about racist trends and race baiting in general. Give it break folks, the only worthy use of the printed version is to wipe one’s a$$ in an emergency.


November 5th, 2013
1:13 pm

AJC, you should be embarrassed for writing this fluff.

So, to reiterate, they kept redialing until they found white people, and then surveyed them? Did they call blacks, asians, latinos, or anyone else?


November 5th, 2013
1:15 pm

Wow, pluck a discredited study from the wire and post is under “headlines”.
I get the feeling this was published in order to provoke a reaction.

roy jackson

November 5th, 2013
1:18 pm

what about illegal gun owners, in the US most are minority so they must be racist too?


November 5th, 2013
1:28 pm

Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton must have one heluva armory….


November 5th, 2013
1:28 pm

roy jackson, only white people are allowed to be racist, apparently.

Double Standard

November 5th, 2013
1:38 pm

There sure are a lot of racist comments on this blog……


November 5th, 2013
1:40 pm

The “New” AJC? Yeah, right. This is the same drivel and narrative they have been shoveling at their readers for the last thirty years. Ah…and that new subscription because you have seen the error of your way and are now pushing a balanced agenda? Yeah, I don’t think so.

Alexandria Lane

November 5th, 2013
1:47 pm

This study isn’t meant to be true, it’s meant to be a gateway or sited source for Leftist politicians or pundits. These things are all over the place and is one of the tactics of the Left. It allows one to say “Studies have shown that gun owners are racist…” or whatever crap. Some of them even post something themselves, for example on Twitter, then site their very own lie as confirmation of what they’re saying. Started with the Clintons, but an artform with Obama strategists.


November 5th, 2013
1:48 pm

I’m a racist. I don’t like anyone’s race, not even my own. To be honest, I just don’t like people in general. Most people suck!


November 5th, 2013
1:49 pm

Perhaps the most skewed and irrelevant “poll” I’ve seen in recent memory…anyone that has ever taken courses in statistics or statistical analysis can see through this sham pretty easily. This one leaves you with a giant “puhleese” !


November 5th, 2013
1:59 pm

Good job AJC if you wanted to divide people with false assumptions and innuendo than you’ve succeeded. It would be nice if you could seek was to engage people in positive dialogue that might actually do some good instead of posting this bizarre study that only promotes division.

Voice of Insanity

November 5th, 2013
2:00 pm

“Mommy? Why is daddy’s computer monitor covered in crap?”

“Honey, he keeps forgetting that he was reading the AJC online.”


Voice of Reason

November 5th, 2013
1:13 pm

Surely, you must be shocked that a liberal rag would jump on a story about racist trends and race baiting in general. Give it break folks, the only worthy use of the printed version is to wipe one’s a$$ in an emergency.


November 5th, 2013
2:11 pm

LOL, more hyper leftist BS from the enemy. If they have to resort to this kind of obvious manipulation via laughable misinformation, then they don’t have a case…

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November 5th, 2013
2:38 pm

Funny how we see almost nothing in the news except blacks being arrested, yet we’re not supposed to make the connection that blacks are a problem??? Hellllo??? What’s even funnier, is when there’s that ONE white incident like at Sandy Hook Elementary. 26 people were killed, and blacks will talk about that to say “look how bad whites are”. Yet blacks kill an average of 38 people PER DAY, EVERY DAY in the US. That’s WORSE than one Sandy Hook Elementary shooting EVERY DAY!!!


November 5th, 2013
2:48 pm

I agree. I also agree with the statement that says although not every Republican is a racist, every racist is a Republican.