Poll: 12 percent of Kentuckians with kids keep a loaded, unsecured gun at home a kentucky.com headline blasts, complete with tea-cupped 1911. The story’s based on a Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky telephone poll of 1,580 randomly selected Bluegrass State residents.
The results are difficult to find (click here), unreliable and misleading. How old are these “kids”? Have they been taught gun safety? Anyway, here’s something more interesting . . .
KHIP asked, “Are any firearms kept in or around your home?” More than half of Kentucky adults (55%) said they had a firearm in or around their home. The last time KHIP asked this question in 2011, 45% of Kentucky adults said yes . . .
Among Kentucky adults who live in a home with a child, 6 in 10
(59%) reported having a firearm in or around the home. This is higher than in 2011 when 4 in 10 adults in homes with children (44%) had a firearm.
The civilian disarmament industrial complex would have you believe that the astounding rise in gun sales since the Obama administration first reared its ugly head is down to “super gun owners.”
They maintain that a hard core of gun owners are buying more guns, while the general public is turning their back on firearms ownership. In fact, they maintain the bizarre idea that American firearms ownership is decreasing.
These new stat puts paid to that idea — assuming (as we should) that Kentucky is not an outlier. We can extrapolate other fascinating facts from the poll.
Men (62%) were more likely than women (48%) to report having a firearm around their home.
I reckon that indicates that respondents are reluctant to tell researchers about their firearms ownership — to the point where they’ll deny it.
Many members of our Armed Intelligentsia have made this assertion in the past when analyzing Pew and other polling data on American firearms ownership.
Responses also varied by household income. About 6 in 10 Kentucky adults earning more than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (62%) and between 138% and 200% FPG (60%) reported a firearm around their home. This compares with fewer than 5 in 10 adults (47%) in households earning less than 138% FPG.
Fewer than 4 in 10 Kentucky adults in urban counties (37%) reported having a firearm in or around their home. This compares with more than 6 in 10 adults in suburban (63%) and rural (62%)
Put those two results together and it’s reasonable to believe that Kentucky gun ownership divides along racial lines.
Another reason that the NRA, NAGR and others should launch initiatives to reach out to minority communities, so they may exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.