This is my first GSS post. This website, which was supposed to have an easy to use interface, wasn’t working. So I used this.

At Steve Sailer’s, a commenter going by the name “testing99” that seems like he’s trying to replace a previous visitor called “Evil Neocon” made the claim “Blacks don’t want gun control either, the last thing they’d want is for their militias er … Gangs to be disarmed. That’s what keeps them from being ethnically cleansed by Latino Gangs or gentrification yuppies”. That seemed like data-free assertion, so I decided to check it. I ran the question GUNLAW in the 2006 GSS against race. The question asks “Would you favor or oppose a law which would require a person to obtain a police permit before he or she could buy a gun?”.

SDA 3.2: TablesGeneral Social Surveys, 1972-2006 [Cumulative File]
Apr 14, 2008 (Mon 08:50 PM PDT)
Variables
Role Name Label Range MD Dataset
Row GUNLAW FAVOR OR OPPOSE GUN PERMITS 1-2 0,8,9 1
Column RACE RACE OF RESPONDENT 1-3 0 1
Weight WTSSALL WEIGHT VARIABLE .4297-6.4287 1
Frequency Distribution
Cells contain:
-Column percent
-Weighted N
RACE
1
WHITE
2
BLACK
3
OTHER
ROW
TOTAL
GUNLAW 1: FAVOR 75.6
20,558
81.7
3,677
86.8
1,214
76.9
25,449
2: OPPOSE 24.4
6,632
18.3
826
13.2
185
23.1
7,643
COL TOTAL 100.0
27,190
100.0
4,504
100.0
1,398
100.0
33,092
Color coding: <-2.0 <-1.0 <0.0 >0.0 >1.0 >2.0 Z
N in each cell: Smaller than expected Larger than expected
Allocation of cases (unweighted)
Valid cases 33,034
Cases with invalid codes on
row or column variable
17,986
Total cases 51,020

As you can see, blacks are more in favor of this gun-control law than whites. My guess is that blacks tend to live in urban neighborhoods with high-crime rates and associate guns with gang violence. Whites tend to live in areas with lower crime rates and more hunting. They probably associate anti-gun types with anti-hunting and PETA folks. Guns are also rather traditional for many whites, whereas blacks were prohibited from owning them. In many European countries only the nobility was able to hunt and generally restricted the ability of the lower classes to own weapons. These same countries tend to be more densely populated and urban today and they also have more gun control.
UPDATED March 26 2011: For search purposes I should mention that testing99 later changed his handle to “Whiskey” and started a blog under that name. And if someone could tell me how to make my wordpress.com search with a logical “OR” or other tricks, I would appreciate it.

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