The Demographics and Politics of Gun-Owning Households

Rich Morin, Pew Research, July 15, 2014


Overall, about a third of all Americans with children under 18 at home have a gun in their household, including  34% of families with children younger than 12. That’s nearly identical to the share of childless adults or those with older children who have a firearm at home.

The new research also suggests a paradox: While blacks are significantly more likely than whites to be gun homicide victims, blacks are only about half as likely as whites to have a firearm in their home (41% vs. 19%). Hispanics are less likely than blacks to be gun homicide victims and half as likely as whites to have a gun at home (20%).

To examine the demographic and political characteristics of gun-owners and their households, we examined data from the new Pew Research Center American Trends Panel survey of 3,243 adults conducted April 29-May 27, including 1,196 who said they or someone in their household owned a gun, pistol or rifle.


The survey results also would appear to challenge the conventional wisdom that gun ownership is far more prevalent in the South. According to the survey, southerners are just about as likely as those living in the Midwest or the West to have a gun at home (38% vs. 35% and 34%, respectively). The regional exception: Households in the northeastern United States, where gun prevalence is significantly lower (27%) than in other parts of the country.

But regional differences emerge when race is factored into the analysis. White southerners are significantly more likely to have a gun at home (47%) than whites in other regions. But because blacks disproportionately live in the South and are only half as likely to have a gun at home as whites, the overall rate for the southern region falls to 38%.


Americans with a gun at home also differ politically from other adults. Republicans are twice as likely as Democrats to be members of a gun-owning household. Political independents also are more likely than Democrats to have a firearm in their homes.




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  • Poor deluded social scientists, assuming that blacks always tell the truth about themselves.

    • Rurik

      And for that same reason, a significant percentage of non-Blacks also are disingenuous on this issue.

  • superlloyd

    As many have said, gun control is not the problem; The problem is the feral, black undertow who engage in murdering one another and unfortunate non-blacks with unregistered firearms at staggering rates. As Anne Coulter said, if the US had no negroes the murder rate would be the same as Belgium”s. Well within European norms.

    • Dave H

      Clearly a lot of people will not discus whether they have gun(s) or where because it isn’t anyone else’s business. Blacks usually lie about guns as they are probably stolen.
      One bone I want to pick here is that too many watch too much TV – most places other that marxist run states and cities do not require guns to be registered. Places like NYC and Calif. want all guns registered as those that passed such laws also want lists handy for when it comes to confiscation. That is selectively occurring in Kalif and residents of New Orleans learned that the hard way when JBT’s collected guns from the law abiding Katrina victims, then allowed the ghetto thugs to riot and kill unopposed. This crap is what makes people hate cops. Bottom line is you need some guns without papers, especially if you live in a dictatorship that wants you unarmed and defenseless. Please don’t use the term registered as if it is a desirable condition, People in Zimbawe found out that registration was the next to last step before confiscation and the inevitable genocide.

    • propagandaoftruth

      The feral black undertow makes White gun ownership essential. It’s the only thing holding uber-statist, crypto-Marxist “liberals” from rampaging politically while feral blacks rampage on the street.

  • none of your business

    ” blacks are only about half as likely as whites to have a firearm in their home (41% vs. 19%).”
    Those figures refer to legally owned and registered guns. Whites own legally purchased and registered guns. Blacks own often stolen and usually unregistered guns. I’m sure I’m not the only former law enforcement officer on this site. Those of us who are familiar with black criminals know well that the majority of blacks have unregistered guns in the house. That is one reason their victim of homicide rate is so high. It is easy to kill with a gun and combine low impulse control, volatility, temper tantrums, bullying. aggressiveness and the general
    chaos of blacks in and out of the home one can see why they have such a high rate of murdering each other.

    • Who Me?

      Not to mention they can’t be trusted to store those guns properly out of the reach of “dey chilluns”. or to teach those children how to properly handle firearms, or to teach them anything else, really.

    • Adolf Verloc

      “Yoofs” like St. Sammich regard guns as fashion accessories, a must-have for young men. They are by definition stolen or otherwise illegally obtained. None of them or their parents are going to tell the truth about gun possession.

      • And I will bet St. Sammich had a PoS like a High Point instead of a good Browning GP-35 or 1911A1.

    • Rhialto

      “Dis ain’t my gun, officer! I jus’ holdin’ it for my fren who on vacation, an’ don’ wanna leave it at his pad, nomsayn”

  • A Freespeechzone

    When Darren Wilson is found to have acted in proper self-defense and the negroes, as promised, Burn America–if they try to extend that threat outside their neighborhoods, the so-called ‘known percentage’ of gun owners, which I think is higher, will invoke self-defense.

    LE won’t protect you—per the SCOUS in 2005, they have no obligation to do so.

    • DonReynolds

      Perhaps LE will not protect you, but we can be sure they will protect themselves….. and so should everyone else.

  • Dave4088

    What the study failed to mention is that protection against afro-mericans and their predilection for violence is one of the main reasons most whites keep firearms in the home. And many young, black males illegally carry a firearm on their person or in their vehicle most of the time since that’s totally gangsta, but there won’t be any studies confirming this since that would be to politically incorrect.

  • Luca

    The survey says, blacks are only about half as likely as whites to have a firearm in their home. Perhaps as a follow up question they should have asked if they have a firearm in their car or their waistband.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Hands up. Don’t Shoot.”
    (as they gather menacingly around me in a circle.)

    “Too late.”

    • Who Me?

      Guaranteed that isn’t what they’ll say as they gather menacingly around you in a circle. It’ll be more along the lines of, “give it up, you honky mother f****r.”

      • mikefromwichita

        thats why THEY must never be allowed a chance to surround. An attempt to do so is a threat worthy of a lethal response.

  • anony

    Every single White household should have guns and know how to use them.

    • CLB11267

      We should have a gun version of ObamaCare. To put some real teeth in the American Militia System, all Americans should be required to own a military relevant weapon or face a tax penalty!

      • Alexandra1973

        Isn’t that pretty much the policy in Switzerland?

        • anony

          Yes it is. The shooting sports are huge there.

      • Usually Much Calmer

        We are all Spartans now? I am not enthused by that prospect.

        • anony

          For me it’s not about being a Spartan.

          The concept of gun ownership is about being able to protect yourself , for example, against a home invasion by a group of “teens” at a minimum.

          After all, self defense is the fundamental human right.

        • CLB11267

          Why not? Would you prefer to be an Athenian? A philosopher and boy lover?

          • Usually Much Calmer

            I would actually. Ah, well.

          • Julius Caesar

            Why not both?

          • Usually Much Calmer

            I don’t know.
            Do you mean as an individual or as a citizen of a state that has the characteristics of both Athens and Sparta? The individual duality is manageable, but the other seems messy.

          • Julius Caesar

            I should have been more clear. As an individual.

          • Usually Much Calmer

            As an individual, yeah, no problem. But you live your life embedded in a society.
            I have internal discipline and vigilance, I don’t need those to be externally supplied. I would rather live in Athens than in Sparta because I need other people for the philosophy and the boy love.

  • “All power comes from the barrel of a gun.” — Chairman Mao

    The problem for whites is that the firepower of the USA’s federal government is massive and can be brought to bear against us at any time. Guns can repel small time thugs, but the thug-in-chief in DC will not be so easily deterred. That said, he still wants to disarm us.

    • Pilgrim786

      Split the army. Darkies v/s whites. Most uniformed whites (military not police) will honorably refuse an order to participate in a rape of America and will happily come over to the side of their friends and family.

      • Bartek

        You sure about that? Not wishful thinking?
        Sure don’t notice any racial solidarity from all the stupid Whites that pander to the negros in the Feds.

        • Pilgrim786

          Absolutely none. Wishful thinking was when I imagined that the police had a pair. The police are lackeys of the throne wheareas the white boys in the military are real white men.

          The reason whites don’t stick around in the army is n*gg*rization thereof due to blacks who cling to a government job like a vampire to a virgin bride: ain’t nothin’ better never gonna come along. Whites can’t take too much of it, and besides, these boys are clever and brave and risk taking types who want more than a bloody Sarkar gig.

          The professional army draws a man who has the spirit of the adventurer as well as the one who has the spirit of a leech. Guess which one takes 75% casualty and has the highest attrition rates? White males 17-35!

          Police attracts a different sort of man: a man who likes bullying and by definition a spiritual coward and mental defective.

          The army and marine boys (all enlisted men) I know have actually read that obscure document called the constitution and are as earnest about it as teenage love. They really believe, man. I know a kid who lost his youth and almost lost his life in Iraq. He reenlisted and is going back because he believes in “freedom.”

          Nah, brother, the Armed Forces will split cuz all the young ‘uns, the ones who know how to destroy, and rebuild entire nations, all think like that sweet boy.

          The challenge is to build civic institutions that these boys can respect and rally around – because this much is unchallengeable – whoever has white males of fighting age on his side will take everything.

    • DonReynolds

      (The quote is from Che Guevera.)
      Use your head. If guns were useless, why would certain people in the government be so absolutely determined to take them from you (or decide who can and who cannot own one)?
      Ask the IRA in Ireland if guns are useless against a more powerful military.

      • Look up “bunker-busters”. These are smoothbore mortars made from welding cylinders by cutting off the necks.

    • My old FBI file says that I once followed an FBI agent who had sassed me home from his office. These people have to live somewhere. A new – much more polite – agent was eventually assigned to my case.

  • Northern American-Nationalist

    Like I say, we have the guns and the money. Wait until racial consciousness and white identity become the norm within White America. Any honest sociolologist would tell you that with America’s diversification, it is basically inevitable.

  • IstvanIN

    Blacks lie.

    • Rurik

      So do wise Whites. 😉

  • We have a coilgun, and it would be very difficult for someone else to assemble, let alone use. Waiting for the homopolar generator to spool up is a chore. I know exactly why I wanted to make it, but I prefer producing other things.

    • Adolf Verloc

      Way cool! I worked on a linear accelerator in grad school and have always been intrigued with railguns/coilguns. I was particularly interested in their possible use as mass drivers to shoot nonliving things into space.

  • WR_the_realist

    The new research also suggests a paradox: While blacks are significantly more likely than whites to be gun homicide victims, blacks are only about half as likely as whites to have a firearm in their home (41% vs. 19%).

    Why is this a paradox? Is it surprising that most white gun owners can get through their entire lives without committing homicide? This is surprising only to people who think that guns walk around on their own two feet and shoot people, a belief that is apparently held by many liberal gun control advocates.

    • Pilgrim786

      Yes, it is, these c*nts believe that any man with a firearm is a homicide in waiting.

      When I got fired, my boss called the local PD. Thankfully, it’s an all-white force and understood.

    • Max

      It’s always a conundrum for the left (and other pollsters) when they discover that blacks behave badly. Whites must be doing SOMETHING to cause this.

  • Bartek

    That is because only White people are naive enough to answer the question honestly.

  • DonReynolds

    Silly goose. Many whites I know (including myself) would never admit to owning a firearm and go to great lengths to purchase ammunition without leaving a paper trail. That leaves a big hole in the surveys……guns (and ammo) that would never be counted.
    There is another dimension missing entirely from the gun survey and that is proficiency with firearms. Owning a firearm and being proficient with that same firearm are two different things……but owning a firearm and not being able to shoot well means the firearm may as well be sitting at the gun store, owned by no one.

  • Conrad

    Since felons are not allowed to have guns, a parole violation, blacks will not always confess to having a gun. I’m from Alabama. An article in the local paper stated that AL has issued more pistol permits than any other state in the union.

  • Gary John 金白龍

    The “you know who” are the gunner
    Multiculturalism is the gun
    Non-Whites are the bullets
    White societies are the target