Guns: now making you safer than ever!

Statistically, I really doubt that’s actually the case, but I find the movement in this particular public opinion question to be fascinating.  Via Gallup:

Do you think having a gun in the house makes it a safer place to be or a more dangerous place to be?be

Wow!  That’s more movement than gay marriage.  Presumably this has a lot to do with the politicization of the issue, but I’d love to have some more data to try and unpack it.  Oh, and I can’t help but flag:

Regardless of Americans’ perceptions of crime and their need to protect themselves, violent crime rates fell significantly from 1993 to 2012. While it may be a contentious assertion, some attribute falling crime rates to increased gun sales.

Some may make such attributions, but I’m pretty sure there’s not a serious criminologist among them.  Heck, as long as we’re going with contentious assertions, some assert that HIV does not cause AIDS.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

2 Responses to Guns: now making you safer than ever!

  1. Alex says:

    I think there’s an image insertion error here?

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