"The report by researchers at Australia’s Monash University and Britain’s Manchester University looked at how racism among whites and gun ownership is linked. The report used data from the American National Election Study and scored people based on their ‘symbolic racism,’ which is used to measure anti-black sentiments. Besides keeping a gun at home, they were also more likely to oppose gun control reforms.
Racism and guns go together.
That’s the finding of an international study released Thursday that says the two are linked. More specifically, odds are greater that a racist white American also keeps a gun at home and opposes gun control regulations.
The conclusion wasn’t too surprising for researchers at Australia’s Monash University and Britain’s Manchester University, which sought to better understand American gun culture.
“There had already been research showing that ... blacks are more likely to be shot, so we thought there must be something happening between the concept of being black and some whites wanting guns,” Monash researcher Kerry O’Brien said in an email to the Daily News.
He also found that political leanings and geography play a part into firearm ownership.
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“It is particularly noteworthy that the relationship between symbolic racism and the gun-related outcomes was maintained in the presence of conservative ideologies, political affiliation, opposition to government control and being from a southern state, which are otherwise strong predictors of gun ownership and opposition to gun reform,” said the study, published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE .
It didn't take a bunch of scientist to tell us that America's "gun culture" is driven in part by racism and fear. Their study only confirms what we knew all along.
Still, it is an interesting look into the American psyche by a bunch of cats from across the pond.
Finally, a couple of things on the racism chasing front.
First, let's talk about the little boy who wore the klan outfit for Halloween.
"The 7-year-old boy's mother, Jessica Black, defended the get-up as 'family tradition' and said she warned him ahead of time that many would not approve of the attire. She also defended the KKK's 'stance' that 'It's supposed to be white with white, black with black, man with woman,' and praised the group for raising money for a St. Jude hospitals. " [Source]
Nothing to see here folks, move right along. I bet Jessica has a lot of guns in her home.
And then there is Rev. Al. Sorry Rev., but appearing on SNL to help them make fun of themselves for something very serious was something that only a Negro who likes to be in the house would do. Their insensitivity towards women of color is not funny.
Rev. I expected better from you.