Most fascinating thing about that survey is that the massive jump in ownership in the last four years is almost entirely democrats. Reps have slowly grown from 2004 to 2023 by 9% but democrats have jumped 8% just since 2019 with virtually no increase prior.
More from the article:
In August 2019, 53% of white voters said that they or someone in their household owned a gun, and 24% of Black voters said the same.
This month, 56% of white voters report that they or someone in their household owns a gun and 41% of Black voters say the same, – a 17-point increase among that group in just four years.
Looks like Black voters are increasingly taking up arms. One wonders what has happened since 2019 to cause them to feel the need.
There’s guns and then there’s guns. As a rural person with chickens and a garden, I own a 1930s single shot, bolt action .22 for varmints or possibly anmal euthanasia. I do believe that firearms for self protection is a dangerous fantasy however.
There’s rural then there’s rural. My land is 200 feet from BLM land here in New Mexixo.
There are coyotes and javelinas in abundance and an occasional mountain lion to say nothing of rattlesnakes.
A few years ago a small pick up was driving on a raised dirt road on BLM land. They went off the road into a ditch next to the road that was a 20 foot drop. I was outside at that time so I saw the incident. I ran from my property climbed over the 3 1/2 foot fence and went down into the ditch to see about injuries. Happily no blood spurting but they were shaken up. I asked if they wanted me to call for the paramedics. They did. So I climbed out of the ditch as there was no cell phone reception down there and called for an ambulance. They sent a deputy sheriff first who then radioed in for the fire department as they needed a ladder. The deputy showed up nearly 30 minutes after I called. So no I will not be depending upon a law enforcement response to someone breaking into or in my house. I will be responding with my handgun.
Is that from Democrats buying guns or from gun-owning Republicans becoming Democrats? What would be really interesting is including the non-partisans (neither Democrat nor Republican) in the analysis. As a first-order approximation, we are roughly 1/3 of each on a nationwide basis. So skipping over the non-partisans these days is a significant error.
There has been a significant increase in violent political rhetoric since then. That could be one piece of the puzzle.
Homicide is quite different than suicide, and the two shouldn’t be mashed together.
Do you have some links?
For example, I’m sure there are racist homicides. At the same time, almost 90% of black homicides are by other blacks and 79% of white homicides are by other whites. These numbers would lower the correlation with racism.