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The Gun Gap

Mark R. Joslyn


To understand public opinion and political behavior, researchers typically sort people by self-identified groupings such as party identification, race, gender, education, and income. This book advances gun owners as a new classification. It demonstrates a “gun gap,” which captures the differences between gun owners and nonowners, and shows how this gap improves conventional models of political behavior. The gun gap in fact represents an important explanation for voter choice, voter turnout, perceptions of personal and public safety, preferences for gun control policies, and support for the dea ... More

Keywords: gun gap, gun rights, gun control, public opinion, political behavior, gun culture, gun owners

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190064822
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190064822.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark R. Joslyn, author
Professor of Political Science, University of Kansas