Lack of confidence in the federal government and the ownership of firearms

Citation
Rm. Jiobu et Tj. Curry, Lack of confidence in the federal government and the ownership of firearms, SOC SCI Q, 82(1), 2001, pp. 77-88
Citations number
27
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY
ISSN journal
0038-4941 → ACNP
Volume
82
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
77 - 88
Database
ISI
SICI code
0038-4941(200103)82:1<77:LOCITF>2.0.ZU;2-G
Abstract
Objective. Scholars have debated the importance of declining confidence in social institutions to the American political system. The objective of this research was to offer and test the hypothesis that individuals with little faith in the three branches of the federal government will be more likely to own firearms than individuals with higher levels of confidence. Methods. The data were drawn from the General Social Survey for the years 1982-1996 and analyzed with a multivariate logistic regression equation that control led for many of the variables known to be associated with gun ownership. Re sults. The regression showed thar even in the presence of many control meas ures, respondents who lacked confidence in the federal government were more likely to own firearms than their counterparts who had greater faith in th e federal government. Conclusion. Although the hypothesis relating confiden ce in government to gun ownership was supported and has important policy im plications, the data did not permit us to disentangle possible causal relat ionships. For that, further research will be necessary.