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 OutdoorLife.com 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

Jack P

November 5th, 2013
2:55 pm

I own and legally carry a firearm. If that makes me a racist, so be it. You racists need to quit calling God-fearing, bible toting, law abiding citizens racists. A quick look in a mirror will give you the identity of a known racist.

Mike L

November 5th, 2013
3:01 pm

I don’t think Americans realize the hatred most of the world holds for our bill of rights. They use various agenda driven UN non government groups to try to influence our laws and traditions. You can find BS studies all over the UN’s website, stuff like, how free speech causes homophobia and racism. How the abundance of American supermarkets causes obesity, and , How American culture is destroying the world.

Straight truth

November 5th, 2013
3:07 pm

I’m not racist…but I will shoot anyone breaking into my home or trying to harm me or my family, without regard to race, creed, color or sexual orientation. We all are born with a fight or flee mechanism…… I don’t go looking for trouble, but I refuse to willingly become a victim. this article is just another propped up attempt to try and shed a bad light on gun owners. the only bad thing about owning a gun are the people who CHOOSE to commit crimes with them! Period.

Darwin

November 5th, 2013
3:13 pm

Who needs a study? Just read some of these comments from gun owners.

Darwin

November 5th, 2013
3:18 pm

For Mike L… Let’s add xenophobic to the list as well.

1961_Xr

November 5th, 2013
3:19 pm

Too funny. Look at the debunking by John Lott.
In the study, the same data was also gathered from the non-whites that were contacted. So they COULD have run the same numbers against those subgroups. But they don’t. Why?

Lott runs the same regressions against black and hispanic data that the original study ignored, and … using the logic by the original author… finds that black and hispanic gun owners are ALSO racist against blacks.

In short, the study is bogus. In looking for the answer that white gun owners are racist against blacks, they found that hispanic gun owners are racist against blacks, and black gun owners are racist against blacks. They reported the part of the study that they constructed to incriminate white gun owners, and purposefully did not report the data that incriminates blacks and hispanics.

George Mathis

November 5th, 2013
3:26 pm

Thanks for the comments, but I have to shut ‘em down before leaving for the day.