Survey: Protection Is the Main Reason People Own a Gun

Gun owners in the United States continue to cite protection far more than other factors as the major reason they own a gun.

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And about half of Americans (47%) who don’t own a gun say they could imagine themselves as gun owners in the future.

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According to the Pew Research Center survey, conducted June 5-11 among 5,115 members of the Center’s nationally representative American Trends Panel, the vast majority of gun owners (81%) say they feel safer owning a gun.

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And the above data are only from people who are comfortable talking about their gun ownership.

According to the NRA article, Gun Ownership Twice as High as Previously Thought?, “Results from a Rutgers University New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center study, released in late June, indicate the number of Americans who own guns could be twice that of the widely accepted figure of roughly 30% of the country’s population.

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“Applying a probability model based on a statistical analysis of 3,500 respondents, the researchers determined reluctance to provide personal details to a stranger—particularly when asked about home-defense and personal-defense choices—minimized results of previous efforts at determining the figure. The new report indicates the number is considerably higher and may run all the way up to 60% of the adult population (155,531,710 people).

“The study, titled Predicting Potential Underreporting of Firearm Ownership in a Nationally Representative Sample, was published by the Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology journal. The findings endorse a long-held belief in the industry that firearm owners put a higher value on their privacy than non-gun owners, particularly when it comes to questions about gun ownership.”

Sizable majorities of Americans say owning a gun makes them feel safer and gives them a feeling of enjoyment.

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