Are legal gun owners more violent than the general population?
Most of the bullies I have met have been more interested in sport fighting and martial arts. Shooting someone is a rather impersonal method of violence. Those who are violent, in my experience, have a preference for direct physical contact with their victims. Shootings, while doing alot of damage, seem to be rather low on the scale of violent behavior.I would bet they are! What's the chance they are exactly the same violent?
It would seem to stand to reason that the fearful would prefer to avoid violence. You would think that a violent person would get much more satisfaction out of beating someone up with a baseball bat than simply shooting them. Do wife beaters often shoot their wives? People who beat their children tend to shoot them? Rapists often shoot their victims? I'm pretty sure the answer to those questions are all no. Violent people do not seem to prefer guns. People worried about violence seem to be the ones who tend to own guns.Kasse said:More fearful people are more likely to perceive something as a threat (real or imagined), and it stands to reason that they may be more likely to act on their perception of a threat by using force.
It's good to know that the terrorist network isn't limited to arab cab drivers in the united states, but arab cab drives around the entire world!And another thing is that every terrorist has an AK-47 in their taxi so how are we to defend ourselves and families without a weapon.
I've been thinking about this. What statistics would we use really? There is a difference between a legal gun owner and a person who illegally owns a gun. There is a difference between a 'violent person' and an ex police officer or military person who have been trained to use 'violence' as a tool. A current/ex military or law enforcement individual likely owns a gun due to their occupation more than any violent tendency and persons with violent tendencies are perhaps more likely have criminal records and are less likely to own a gun regardless of any desire to own one.I wonder whether anyone will even try and post some statistics in this thread, or are all comments on this topic just going to be anecdotal?
I understand that you're probably trying to inject some humour into this thread but I can't help but mention that simply stating a percentage, without defining what it refers to, is completely meaningless...as any good statistician would knowLike any good statistician would. You make it up. 26% sounds good to me.
And that was my point. More fearful people are more likely to own guns, because they are afraid of themselves or members of their family/social group being victimized. More fearful people also tend to be more violent.People worried about violence seem to be the ones who tend to own guns.