Americans’ attitudes about guns influenced by owners’ race and gender

Americans' attitudes about guns influenced by owners' race and gender

HOUSTON – (Nov. 17, 2020) – A new study from researchers at Rice University found that Americans’ attitudes about gun ownership are impacted by the gender and race of firearms’ potential owners. "Race-gender bias in white Americans’ preferences for gun availability" will appear in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Public Policy . The study is the first to examine how race and gender together shape attitudes toward gun availability. The study was conducted by Matthew Hayes, an assistant professor of political science at Rice; David Fortunato, an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy; and Matthew Hibbing, an associate professor of political science at the University of California, Merced. The researchers randomly assigned racially and gender-distinct names to study participants who were categorized by race, gender and political affiliation. Then they asked the survey subjects if they would support that person’s right to own firearms to protect themselves and their family. The survey not only found evidence of both racial and gender bias, it also showed Republicans were more likely to support gun rights than Democrats. White Democrats were much more willing to support a white woman’s right to own a firearm than they were any other group. Republicans showed less support for a Black man owning a firearm than they did any other racial or gender group. Hayes said he and fellow political scientists have long believed that gender and race should be considered together when evaluating opinions […]

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