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Study Finds Gun Owners Distrust Government

Discussion in 'Legal' started by rhubarb, Jun 22, 2005.

  1. rhubarb

    rhubarb Well-Known Member

    From the painfully obvious department:
    When the U.S. gummint starts unconstitutionally financing certain religious groups, arresting others for their religious affiliation, illegally searching and seizing property, holding prisoners for years without charging them with crimes and giving itself powers not delegated by the Constitution everybody else is gonna stand up and say, "Them gun owners was right all along."
  2. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Well-Known Member

    In other news, government scientists discover that TREES ARE MADE OF WOOD!

  3. MrTuffPaws

    MrTuffPaws Well-Known Member

  4. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    Yes, but for many people, trees are for making paper and fires and houses, while for others, they're for hugging. Until that is understood, neither side of the debate will be able to understand how the other side can be so blind to the 'truth.'
  5. svtruth

    svtruth Well-Known Member


    Have not read the study, but text entirely contradicts headline. Distrust of teh government was the independent variable, among those people, gun ownership was higher than among people who did trust. Article draws a conclusion about gun owners not on the least supported by the study.
  6. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    Say it isn't so! :p
  7. Baba Louie

    Baba Louie Well-Known Member

    We find that nearly 100% of the people who don't trust the government breath air, eat food and own automobiles. Oh yeah, they drink water too. Social Scientists are puzzled as to what that all really means... :D
  8. garyk/nm

    garyk/nm Well-Known Member

    Zund :cuss:

    There goes another keyboard :evil:
  9. Ryder

    Ryder Well-Known Member

    Haha, my bullets are just symbolic. They couldn't hurt a fly. :rolleyes:

    I can stop being so serious about it now, right?
  10. Henry Bowman

    Henry Bowman Senior Member

    No kidding.

    How's about I symbolically [low road...]
  11. Mikul

    Mikul Well-Known Member

    I'd like to see a similar study regarding small business owners. I'll bet they distrust the government even more than gun owners.

    Guns are symbolic empowerment because a man who rolls over to every government action would be powerless even with control of a neutron bomb wrapped around the neck of every member of Congress.
  12. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    "...little confidence in the federal government."

    Or the state government or the city government. I also didn't like the student government in high school or college, and way back when my family didn't like the governments of England, Ireland or Scotland.

    OTOH, I also inherited a great confidence in guns. :)

  13. LAR-15

    LAR-15 Well-Known Member

    I trust the fed.gov as far as my nose grows.
  14. odysseus

    odysseus Well-Known Member

    Sheesh... I wonder if that was done on a tax payer's government grant to the university. Man, I need an easy money job like that.... :D
  15. 1557

    1557 Well-Known Member

    ...people who own guns are more likely than others to have little faith in the Federal government. Sounds like "which comes first,the chicken or the egg? Perhaps people who own guns do so beacause they have little faith in the government.
    Of the people,for the people, and by the people,just doesn't seem to ring true anymore. I belive I'll keep all of my symbolic tools.
  16. nico

    nico Well-Known Member

    Like svtruth said, the study DOES NOT say that gunowners are less trusting of the government. It said that people who don't trust the government are more likely to own guns. Scientifically, there's a huge difference between those statements and one does NOT imply the other.

    Here's an example: I do a study about dog owners and find that 75% of them also own cats. My study doesn't mean that people who own cats also own dogs and no such conclusion can be drawn from it. It would be possible for my study to be absolutely accurate and for 90% of cat owners to own no other pets.

    As a recent college graduate (B.S. in biology), it really pisses me off to see journalists (I remember the kinds of classes they take :rolleyes: ) taking scientific studies and twisting them to fit their story. They always take a perfectly legitimate study and screw with the conclusion, which leads to less public trust in science. :banghead:
  17. mics357

    mics357 Well-Known Member

    :what: why frankly i'm shocked you mean some of those nice folks may not be looking out for my best interest. gheesh ,whoda thunk
  18. R.H. Lee

    R.H. Lee Well-Known Member

    Well it's even then, because the government obviously does not trust gunowners.
  19. Vernal45

    Vernal45 member

    HMMM, I wonder why? Thats All I will say on this one, not gonna touch it. :rolleyes:
  20. scottgun

    scottgun Well-Known Member

    The politicians who are the biggest gun control supporters are the ones who should be trusted the least. (I guess that's pretty obvious)

    Its not a gun contol issue, its a trust issue. :banghead:

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