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  •  I read somewhere that (9+ / 0-)

    the percentage of gun owners is in the range of 20-22% of Americans and the GSS indicates that 32% of Americans lived in a household where there is a firearm.  That figure has been declining steadily for decades, and the only demographic where gun ownership in on the rise is older white males.

    Have a look at the photos from the gun rallies around the US and you will see this fact borne out.

    I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

    by Wayward Wind on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 05:29:09 PM PST

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    •  Found it (6+ / 0-)

      I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

      by Wayward Wind on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 05:41:35 PM PST

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      •  Wouldn't some gun owners deny it? (2+ / 0-)
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        From the study:

        Since the early 1970s the General Social Survey has asked the question: “Do you happen to have in your home (if house: or garage) any guns or revolvers?”
        Seems likely that folks being asked in some (telephone?) survey if they have any guns would deny it if they did.  They might suspect it was the first step toward "They're coming after my guns!"
        •  The GSS differs (4+ / 0-)

          from almost every other poll in that they conduct face to face interviews, and ask the same questions (with some tweaks) year after year. It is the reason that the GSS surveys are almost universally considered to be authoritative.

          Sure, people can lie, but they could have lied in the 1970s when the question was first posed just as easily as they could lie now.

          I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

          by Wayward Wind on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 05:58:30 PM PST

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        •  I would trust the information a lot more if it (0+ / 0-)

          came from a source that didn't have a vested and direct interest that furthers their goal if they use a minimized number.  There are too many ways to massage data and cherry pick polling numbers to try to prove a desired result.  Perhaps they did, perhaps they didn't but I would like to see numbers from a neutral source.  This goes with anything, not just this issue.

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