“Our study investigates how and why racial prejudice can fuel white opposition to gun restrictions,” Racial Resentment and Whites’ Gun Policy Preferences in Contemporary America declares. “Drawing on research across disciplines, we suggest that the language of individual freedom used by the gun rights movement utilizes the same racially meaningful tropes as the rhetoric of the white resistance to black civil rights that developed after WWII and into the 1970s. This indicates that the gun rights narrative is color-coded and evocative of racial resentment.” Needless to say, washingtonpost.com is all over this “research paper,” including a look at its highly dubious methodology . . .
In their paper, published in the journal Political Behavior in November, Alexandra Filindra and Noah J. Kaplan found that whites were significantly less likely to support gun control measures when they had recently looked at pictures of black people, than when they had looked at pictures of white people. The study, which surveyed 1,000 white respondents, also found that the higher they scored on a common measure of racial prejudice, the stronger negative effect the photos of black people had on the respondents’ support for gun control.
Taken together, those two findings “demonstrate that racial prejudice influences white opinion regarding gun regulation in the contemporary United States,” Filindra and Kaplan conclude.
So, are white gun owners who resist civilian disarmament, mean and women who seek to defend and extend their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, racists, perhaps unknowingly?