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:
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:
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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