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Gun Ownership and Willingness To Shoot: A Clarification of Current Controversies

NCJ Number
Justice Quarterly Volume: 6 Issue: 2 Dated: (June 1989) Pages: 263-282
J T Whitehead; R H Langworthy
Date Published
20 pages
Data from the 1982 ABC News Poll of Public Opinion on Crime are used to examine household gun availability and willingness to shoot a burglar.
Findings show some support for similarity between protective and sport ownership, and "fear and loathing" hypothesis, and the impact of region (southern residence) and gender on ownership. The findings also support some of the recent contentions of Hill, Howell, and Driver (1985), although we note two clarifications of their discussion of previous research. Support for the collective security hypothesis, however, was limited; this finding raises a concern for proponents of further restrictions on gun ownership. 4 tables, 4 footnotes, 25 references. (Publisher abstract)


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