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Response to DanTex (Reply #17)

Thu Feb 23, 2012, 10:33 PM

27. If a surveyor from the GSS knocked on my door...

and asked me if I owned firearms, I would likely tell the truth. However, I personally know many gun owners who would simply lie and state that they didn't own any. Many gun owners have a distrust of the government especially over the issue of gun control.

The GSS may be the "most reliable source of data for social trends" but that doesn't mean that it is accurate.

I also find it fascinating that the Gallup Poll reports gun ownership is up in the U.S.


October 26, 2011
Self-Reported Gun Ownership in U.S. Is Highest Since 1993
Majority of men, Republicans, and Southerners report having a gun in their households

by Lydia Saad

PRINCETON, NJ -- Forty-seven percent of American adults currently report that they have a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property. This is up from 41% a year ago and is the highest Gallup has recorded since 1993, albeit marginally above the 44% and 45% highs seen during that period.



**snip***

Bottom Line

A clear societal change took place regarding gun ownership in the early 1990s, when the percentage of Americans saying there was a gun in their home or on their property dropped from the low to mid-50s into the low to mid-40s and remained at that level for the next 15 years. Whether this reflected a true decline in gun ownership or a cultural shift in Americans' willingness to say they had guns is unclear. However, the new data suggest that attitudes may again be changing. At 47%, reported gun ownership is the highest it has been in nearly two decades -- a finding that may be related to Americans' dampened support for gun-control laws. However, to ensure that this year's increase reflects a meaningful rebound in reported gun ownership, it will be important to see whether the uptick continues in future polling.
emphasis added
http://www.gallup.com/poll/150353/self-reported-gun-ownership-highest-1993.aspx







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