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What is gun culture? Cultural variations and trends across the United States


Regular Member
Aug 22, 2013
here nc

For you illiterates
Oh lies, darn lies, compiled to make study[ies] [read as $$$$ from grants]
from OP’s cite regarding data sources...quote:

We developed empirical methods to identify variations in elements of gun culture across states. Using these methods, we then analyzed the prominence of these subcultures between states and over time from 1998 through 2016. Using state-level data...

We constructed a panel of annualized data on gun-related variables for all 50 states from 1998 to 2016.

In our attempt to identify and empirically measure elements of gun culture, we examined 11 variables:
(1) the number of per capita hunting licenses;
(2) the number of per capita NRA members;
(3) the share of NRA members who subscribe to the magazine The American Hunter;
(4) the share of NRA members who subscribe to the magazine America’s 1st Freedom;
(5) the share of NRA members who subscribe to the magazine American Rifleman;
(6) the per capita number of subscriptions to the most popular gun-related magazine (Guns and Ammo);
(7) per capita purchases of handguns;
(8) per capita purchases of long guns;
(9) the presence of a “stand your ground” law;
(10) the presence of a ban on assault weapons, and
(11) the per capita number of federally licensed gun dealers.

Data availability
The dataset generated during the current study is not publicly available as it contains proprietary information that the authors acquired through a license.

Received: 28 June 2019; Accepted: 18 June 2020;
published on line 08 July 2020.
[interestingly there are references cited from 30 July 2019, March & April 2020, 50 year olde references from 1970?]

underwritten by grants from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Ted Alcorn was a founding employee of Everytown For Gun Safety, where he was the Research Director and then the Director of Innovation, and he previously served as a policy analyst in the Office of the Mayor of New York City. He earned graduate degrees as a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and their School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and lived in Beijing, China as a Henry Luce scholar.

absolutely not one iota the “study” was peer reviewed!

color of law

Accomplished Advocate
Oct 7, 2007
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
There are eight million stories in the naked city.
You cannot use any kind of violence on somebody who is not a physical threat to you. Some states also require you to retreat from the threat (e.g., by turning your car around and going the other way) if you can do so in complete safety.
Please find me a study that is neutrally compiled using actual data that is realistic and then peer reviewed by gun owners who also set aside their own biases. And if that is ever done the result will be inconclusive.

As a side note, this idea that having a duty to retreat is bogus and contrary to the USSC. Read Beard v. United States, 158 U.S. 550, 562, 15 S. Ct. 962, 966, 39 L. Ed. 1086 (1895).
The defendant was where he had the right to be, when the deceased advanced upon him in a threatening manner, and with a deadly weapon; and if the accused did not provoke the assault and had at the time reasonable grounds to believe and in good faith believed, that the deceased intended to take his life or do him great bodily harm, he was not obliged to retreat, nor to consider whether he could safely retreat, but was entitled to stand his ground and meet any attack made upon him with a deadly weapon, in such way and with such force as, under all the circumstances, he, at the moment, honestly believed, and had reasonable grounds to believe, was necessary to save his own life or to protect himself from great bodily injury.
(my emphasis)
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