Why do Americans own handguns? Fear of crime and a broader sense of danger

by Ezra Buckley on June 16, 2017

The motivation to own a handgun for self-protection is not just about fear of crime, according to the model proposed by Wolfgang Stroebe and Pontus Leander (University of Groningen, The Netherlands), and Arie W. Kruglanski (University of Maryland), it is also about a more general sense of threat emanating from “the belief that the world is an unpredictable and dangerous place and that society is at the brink of collapse.” These dual layers of threat also predict beliefs that people have the right to shoot and kill in self-defense and that people should have broad 2nd Amendment rights.

The study, “Is It a Dangerous World Out There?: The Motivational Bases of American Gun Ownership” appears in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-06-americans-handguns-crime-broader-danger.html#jCp

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