New Study Shows Crime Victims Are More Likely To Own Guns


The argument that more guns would reduce crime is pretty easy to refute with, you know, actual data. A new poll from Gallup links crime victimhood with gun ownership: to some this will be counterintuitive, to others this will be totally obvious.

"Thirty-three percent of recent victims of assault, theft and property crime in the United States reported that they own a gun, compared to 28 percent of adults who haven't been recent crime victims," says UPI, summarizing the study from Gallup.

The study is pretty comprehensive and methodologically sound, too: "The analysis is based on a combined 11,165 interviews from surveys conducted in 2000, 2005, 2007-11 and 2013-16. Overall, an average of 17 percent of Americans reported being the victim of at least one of the crimes in those polls ... The analysis is based on a random sample of 11,165 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The margin of error is 1 percentage point for the total sample and non-crime victims, and 3 percentage points for victims of crime."

Some other interesting facts turned up by the poll:

Men are more likely to own guns than women. In fact gender is the strongest predictor of gun ownership.

People living in rural areas are more likely to own guns than people in suburbs (who are more likely to own guns than people in cities).

Gun owners are less likely to be fearful of crime. Perhaps they should be.

You can read the full breakdown of the data over here.

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