Social scientists are just beginning to understand who is purchasing firearms and how gun ownership may alter behavior.
The article says to me it comes down to past experience and how you feel. For some guns are calming and make others nervous. Then there is the reality of statistics and risk assessment and how people weigh that. The biggest drivers of recent and significant increases in gun sales are related to self defense and buying by women and Blacks and Mexicans. Interesting stuff for people curious in what makes them tick, in my opinion.
Less than a foot from my head as I write this is a gun I used to sneak out of my parents’ closet and play with as a child that my father bought before I was born after my Mom spotted a peeping Tom. It wasn’t loaded then and isn’t now. I have some now somewhere but not sure where. I should probably look before the Gun Nut Society comes for my membership card.
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