usnews.com headlines their story Gun Owners Still Overwhelmingly White Males. Even though the sub-head prevaricates—“But gun groups say the demographics are changing”—that’s one highly contentious, not to say racist read. What if they’d published Violent Criminals Are Still Overwhelmingly Black? Writer Elizabeth Flock bases her report on a Pew Research gun control survey. My takeaway: 57 percent of Americans now believe that stricter gun laws would “give too much power to the government over average citizens.” Ms. Flock, on the other hand, has a race card to play . . .
The Pew Research Center’s latest survey on gun control this week provided a familiar profile of the typical gun owner in the United States: adult, white and male. That profile differs greatly from the makeup of the country, according to Pew. White men represent just a third of the U.S. population, but about 60 percent of adults with guns in America today are white men.
This revelation isn’t new. [sic] In April, Dan Baum, author of the recent book “Gun Guys: A Road Trip” about gun culture in the U.S., told U.S. News he worried that the National Rifle Association had put “an angry middle-aged white face on gun culture.” In recent years, gun companies have increasingly added outreach to women and to youth in an attempt to spread the demographic.
From there the piece gives The People of the Gun an opportunity to make the case that gun guy demographics are shifting, both in terms of gender and race/ethnicity. Even so, you have to wonder why usnews.com came at this story ass backwards. Or not.
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