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Explosive New Study: White Racists More Likely To Horde Guns, Oppose Gun Control Measures!

On MSNBC right now, there is yet another incident involving gun violence in America.  At this point, no one seems to have any details of this particular gun-related tragedy, but every American is again cringing at our national shame, gun related deaths!  We cant conjecture at this point on any motive, any group, or any political leanings.  At this point, as we all have become far too accustomed, we’re waiting for information.  From Columbine, Fort Hood, Virginia Tech, Aurora CO, and Sandy Hook to the recent gun-violence at the DC Navy yard, the problem seems epidemic and a nasty stain on our American spirit.

But also in today’s news, is a report peer-reviewed study, authored by the Public Library of Science, that has uncovered a serious connection.  According to PLOS,

“Symbolic racism was related to having a gun in the home and opposition to gun control policies in US whites. The findings help explain US whites’ paradoxical attitudes towards gun ownership and gun control. Such attitudes may adversely influence US gun control policy debates and decisions.”

Now I’m sure, many of you are asking, “wtf is ‘symbolic racism'”?  I had the same question, so I again consulted with the good folks at PLOS and found:

“(symbolic racism) is an explicit but subtle form and measure of racism, has been found to be consistently related to peoples decisions regarding policies that may affect non-white US citizens. It is argued that symbolic racism supplanted old-fashioned or overt/blatant racism which had seen blacks as amoral and inferior, and was associated with open support for race inequality and segregation under ‘Jim Crow Laws’. Research following the US civil-rights movement suggested that anti-black racism and stereotyping, as assessed by blatant measures, had declined. However, subsequent research revealed that people may merely be reluctant to express racism and negative stereotyping on these blatant measures in order to avoid appearing racist. This observation led to the conceptualization and measurement of more subtle measures of racism, such as, symbolic racism .”

Researches also found significant evidence to say

“for each 1 point increase in symbolic racism there was a 50% increase in the odds of having a gun at home. After also accounting for having a gun in the home, there was still a 28% increase in support for permits to carry concealed handguns, for each one point increase in symbolic racism.”

You can find the appropriate documentation for this statement, on the PLOS website.

We’ve all seen the TEA party rallies with overt signs expressing racial hatred, threats of gun violence, calls for armed revolution, and “second amendment remedies” against any number of perceived conspiracies in our Government.  “We cam unarmed, this time!” is a regular staple on the TEA party circuit.  Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) recently made headlines when he said, “[T]here is overwhelming evidence that the Tea Party is the home of bigotry and discrimination in America today, just as the KKK was for an earlier generation.  If the hood fits, wear it.”  Liberal bloggers (including myself) have been openly suggesting that racism is a major component of the anti-Obama crowd.  And many of us have suspected that gun nuts and racists look pretty much the same.   It seems now, that science agrees.


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  • Mike

    Mexico and Somalia must be crawling with bigots then and let’s not forget our inner cities and all those bigots shooting up the place . This study was junk science with as much credibility as a plumbers estimate .

  • https://www.facebook.com/benjie.duke Benjie Duke

    The only reason to desire a weapon is fear!

  • https://www.facebook.com/tu.phan.7 Tu Phan

    I have never understood the need to hoard guns, I understand wanting one for self defense, but why 17? Why assault weapons? Why do you need a fully automatic AR-15? I just don’t get it.

  • http://gravatar.com/flexdoc flexdoc

    Are you friggin kidding me? Someone actually did this study? What a damn waste of money and time. Id have thought the results to be obvious.

    • minion

      While the results of this, and many other studies like this, may be obvious to you and I, there is a need for hard scientific proof and validation to support the arguments and claims. That being said, it may still have been a waste, as these people routinely reject science as being biased. Simply because it’s based on logic, reason and reality. We still need these studies however, so that we have a leg to stand on in the end.

  • Larry Kessler

    These people HOARD guns! There may BE a horde of them doing it, but please fix the headline.

  • Baskeville

    As a White, male, bisexual, atheist, Southern Democrat who’s social circle includes my Black boss, Guatemalan neighbor, and Feminist lesbian classmate, I’m vaguely insulted that being Caucasian and happening to own an extensive gun collection means I have to take time out of my day to explain that, no, I am in fact not a bigot.

    • https://plus.google.com/115470387525904128167 henry landivar

      Oh bro… you got my sympathy.

  • http://none Marc S. Fried

    Well, Duh!!!!!!

  • Juliet

    Thus making it difficult for those who are not racist (or, at least, not willing to screw themselves in order to ‘get’ non-whites) to own guns without feeling apologetic.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ben.clifton.9 Ben Clifton

    imagined would work too. reminding the government of ones options isnt racism.

  • http://www.rickparody.com jonb256

    but but but ….. some of their best friends are _____________
    How can they be racist?

  • joebbz2

    DUH? Really

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