This looks interesting:
Many scholars have suggested that Americans’ positions on gun control are the product of culture conflicts. This assertion has been largely based on associations of gun control opinion with membership in social groups believed to be hostile, or favorable, towards gun ownership, rather than with direct measures of the cultural traits thought to mediate the effects of group membership on gun control opinion. Data from a 2005 national telephone survey were analyzed to test competing theories of why people support handgun bans. Instrumental explanations, which stress belief in a policy’s likely effectiveness, accounted for less than 25 percent of the variation in support. The results supported the culture conflict perspective. Those who endorsed negative stereotypes about gun owners, and who did not believe in the need to defend their own homes against crime (versus relying on the police) were more likely to support handgun bans.
It’s in the Journal of Criminal Justice Volume 37, Issue 5, September-October 2009, Pages 496-504.
I find it particularily intriguing that “Those who endorsed negative stereotypes about gun owners” are more likely to support handgun bans. That sounds like bigotry to me.
I could get it online for $20.00 or I could go to the library. I’m not sure which I should do. I have other things to do this morning. I’ll decide this afternoon sometime.
Update: I have two copies sent via email now. Thank you! You can stop emailing them to me now. I’ve read the article and will make a post on it later today. Busy with something at work right now…