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US Protestants More Likely Than Catholics to Own Guns, Poll Says
The Christian Post ^ | Feb 04, 2013 | Anugrah Kumar

Posted on 02/04/2013 6:54:55 AM PST by Alex Murphy

Gun owners in the country tend to be men, white, married and living in the South, shows a Gallup study published Friday. The analysis of surveys for the last five years also shows that Protestants are more likely to own guns than Catholics.

An average of 30 percent of Americans said they personally own a gun and another 14 percent said they did not personally own a gun but live in a household with someone who does, according to an analysis of Gallup surveys of some 6,000 U.S. adults from 2007 to 2012.

The study also found that men, at 45 percent, are three times more likely than women, at 15 percent, to personally own guns. Gun ownership also varies significantly by region, with Southerners, at 38 percent, more likely to own guns than those living in other regions of the country – East at 21 percent, Midwest at 29 percent and West at 27 percent.

Marriage is also a strong predictor of gun ownership, with 37 percent of married people likely to own guns compared with 22 percent of those not married.

The study found that while 25 percent of Catholics are likely to own guns, gun ownership likely stands at 36 percent among Protestants or other Christians. Thirty-two percent of those who attend church weekly are likely to be in possession of guns. The gun ownership rates slightly decrease among those who attend church nearly weekly or monthly, or even seldom of never – at 29 percent.

The analysis also found that Republican Party identification is associated with higher rates of gun ownership – 38 percent versus 22 percent for Democrats. However, higher rates of Republican gun ownership likely result more from the fact that men, Southerners, and married people tend to identify as Republicans than from something about being a Republican drawing one to owning a gun, Gallup's Jeffrey M. Jones explained.

The analysis does not provide reasons behind higher rates of gun ownership among Protestants and other Christians than among Catholics. But for the strong relationship between gender and personal gun ownership, Jones said it may be due to men being more likely than women to participate in activities that require guns, such as hunting or sport shooting.

Gun ownership in general may appeal more to men than to women for those who do not actively use guns for recreational activities, the study suggests. Moreover, it says, men are more likely to have served in the military and thus to have had experience with firearms. However, that doesn't mean women have hardly any exposure to guns, given that many women live in a household that has a gun, the analysis notes.

The reasons behind the relationship between marital status and gun ownership could be that marriage rates are higher among other subgroups that tend to own guns, such as older Americans and those who are politically conservative, Jones suggested. Married people may also have greater financial resources to own a gun, and may be more likely to feel a need to own a gun for security reasons – though there is no difference in gun ownership among people with and without young children.

The high level of gun ownership means efforts in Washington to restrict gun ownership will potentially affect tens of millions of Americans. From a political standpoint, the question is whether those gun owners are more likely to see possible new restrictions on guns as a necessary step to try to limit gun violence in the country or as an unacceptable limitation on their ability to own guns, Jones said.


TOPICS: Catholic; Evangelical Christian; Mainline Protestant; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: 2013polls; banglist; christians; guncontrol; secondamendment; trends
The study found that while 25 percent of Catholics are likely to own guns, gun ownership likely stands at 36 percent among Protestants or other Christians. Thirty-two percent of those who attend church weekly are likely to be in possession of guns. The gun ownership rates slightly decrease among those who attend church nearly weekly or monthly, or even seldom of never – at 29 percent.

The analysis also found that Republican Party identification is associated with higher rates of gun ownership – 38 percent versus 22 percent for Democrats. However, higher rates of Republican gun ownership likely result more from the fact that men, Southerners, and married people tend to identify as Republicans than from something about being a Republican drawing one to owning a gun, Gallup's Jeffrey M. Jones explained.

No percentages were given as to how many Christian gun owners were also bitter.

1 posted on 02/04/2013 6:55:00 AM PST by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

The difference is better explained by ethnicity than by religious affiliation. It all has to do with whether or not your ancestors got here before or after the Civil War.


2 posted on 02/04/2013 7:01:07 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Alex Murphy

How about if you are female, Catholic, bitter and clinging? That would be me. :-)


3 posted on 02/04/2013 7:01:07 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Who in the world would tell a polling busy-body that they own a gun? These numbers are way low.


4 posted on 02/04/2013 7:10:42 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: muawiyah

I’d also say it reflects WHERE you live. California, The Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes and southern New England states, where so many Catholics live shun guns.


5 posted on 02/04/2013 7:13:59 AM PST by dangus
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To: muawiyah

I’d also say it reflects WHERE you live. California, The Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes and southern New England states, where so many Catholics live shun guns.


6 posted on 02/04/2013 7:14:49 AM PST by dangus
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To: Alex Murphy
Gun owners in the country tend to be men, white, married and living in the South...

I live in Alaska, where everyone pretty much has a gun, that is if they ever go outside city limits. A serious, walk in Wallmart and walk out with a 50 caliber pistol in your pocket kinda place. Which I mention to point out the uselessness of polls. They lump demographics to say what they want, and very rarely mean squat.

7 posted on 02/04/2013 7:23:33 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: dangus
As everybody knows there were Catholics in the United States before the Civil War ~ mostly New England Irish and French Candians who'd jumped the reservation walls. But they were a minority of a minority. Even then most Irish and French descended people in the USA were Protestant ~ and actually still are.

In the post war period the gates were opened to Eastern European Catholic farmers ~ Ukrainians, Russians, Poles, more Germans, etc. The railroads made it possible to convert the vast American desert into a world of wheat and other grains. Coal mining brought in even more of them.

Once all the plants were planted, fields ploughed and barns built, the Italians and Greeks, all Catholic, came into the Eastern cities ~ and California ~ to build urban infrastructure.

8 posted on 02/04/2013 7:28:53 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: txrefugee

“Who in the world would tell a polling busy-body that they own a gun?”

Bingo! Those who do tell pollsters they own a gun are the stupider tip of an extremely large iceberg.


9 posted on 02/04/2013 7:29:05 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Alex Murphy

In this political environment, what do YOU tell polsters asking about guns?

No damn way I’m telling somebody that calls me, what my business is!


10 posted on 02/04/2013 7:32:34 AM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Alex Murphy
Pro immigration, anti gun Vs. pro gun, anti immigration?
11 posted on 02/04/2013 7:32:56 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: Alex Murphy

Their politics and religious culture is reflected in the political parties that they vote for.


12 posted on 02/04/2013 8:20:00 AM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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To: dangus

Consider the large urban areas that have for so long had gun laws that forbid gun ownership and right there you have a notworthy percentage of the Catholics who a survey like this would show as not owning any guns. It’s probably more a matter of their not admitting they own a gun.

In my experience, a lot of people in a lot of places that have laws against owning guns have at least a pistol and/or a shotgun they don’t admit they have to anyone they don’t know well. Years ago I knew a guy in NYC that traveled the Mid Atlantic states as far south as VA and who sold guns out of his basement to people he knew well and who said they wanted a gun.

I’m sure he sold a few dozen guns to various folks during the years I knew him, either to people he met and got to know or who his wife met and got to know. People were paranoid abut more riots and more roving bands of thugs so they were glad to have the guy get them one and make a few bucks in the middle. None of those people would never admit they owned a gun to some random questioner and given the social functions this guy was always a part of his customers were probably almost all Catholics.


13 posted on 02/04/2013 8:38:13 AM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Alex Murphy
An average of 30 percent of Americans said they personally own a gun and another 14 percent said they did not personally own a gun but live in a household with someone who does, according to an analysis of Gallup surveys of some 6,000 U.S. adults from 2007 to 2012.

The numbers are higher, count on it.

Some random guy calls you on the phone and asks about your guns? Yeah, I'm going to be straight with him. (Not.)

Ping to read the article later.

14 posted on 02/04/2013 8:39:51 AM PST by Lee N. Field ("You keep using that verse, but I do not think it means what you think it means." --I. Montoya)
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To: Alex Murphy

Speaking as a white catholic republican woman transplanted to the south.
Two out of 5 . hmmm our numbers are growing.


15 posted on 02/04/2013 8:46:07 AM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: txrefugee

There was time I didn’t personally know anyone that was gunless; now I don’t anyone that owns one, including me ;).


16 posted on 02/04/2013 9:13:09 AM PST by WinMod70
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To: Alex Murphy

I’m a Catholic and own guns (including EEEE- VIL ASSAULT RIFLE)

Does that make me a bitter clinger....?


17 posted on 02/04/2013 9:35:58 AM PST by njslim (St)
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To: American in Israel
I live in Alaska, where everyone pretty much has a gun, that is if they ever go outside city limits. A serious, walk in Wallmart and walk out with a 50 caliber pistol in your pocket kinda place. Which I mention to point out the uselessness of polls. They lump demographics to say what they want, and very rarely mean squat.

Yeah... pretty much the same in MT... I wonder what is skewing the West's numbers so badly (27% is bullcrap, at least here)- Perhaps it is the prevalence of population in mega-cities(the left coast), as compared to the relatively low population in more rural areas...

18 posted on 02/04/2013 10:11:10 AM PST by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: G Larry
In this political environment, what do YOU tell polsters asking about guns?

It never gets that far ... If I even bother to pick up the phone, I hang up as soon as I find out it's a pollster on the other end of the line.

19 posted on 02/04/2013 10:14:46 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Alex Murphy
I don't doubt that more Protestants own guns than Catholics in America, but it has very little to do with theology and a great deal to do with culture. Catholicism in America is largely an urban religion, and even rural and small town Catholicism in America is largely located outside the South.

American Catholic attitudes (including the idiotic anti-gun diatribes of the American Bishops) reflect this cultural dichotomy. The same probably goes for the attitude toward guns of Orthodox Jews in America.

20 posted on 02/04/2013 11:22:48 AM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: muawiyah
Even then most Irish and French descended people in the USA were Protestant ~ and actually still are.

When you speak of the Protestant "Irish," you must be referring to the Scots-Irish. The Irish of the Northern states, particularly the Northeast, like the Kennedy clan, are immigrants from Ireland, and are, of course, Catholic.

The Scots-Irish from Ulster, or Northern Ireland, a very different story. Protestants to the man, making up a large part of the south, Bible belt Protestants.

the Italians and Greeks, all Catholic

Wouldn't the the Greeks be Greek Orthodox?

21 posted on 02/04/2013 3:33:54 PM PST by sasportas
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To: sasportas
No, I am speaking of Irish Irish ~ the old fashioned kind with brogues and shileleighs and such ~ who liked to fist fight.

There are TWO major waves of Irish immigration. The first is in the Colonial period ~ and the second is from the 1830s to the 1860s.

During the colonial period the Irish who arrived in America had no friendly Catholic church to greet them. Instead they had Scandinavian Lutherans, English churches (Anglican and Puritan, etc.) and the Scotts ~ who were something, or nothing, but fur shur were not Catholic.

Not that the English had banned Catholics from America, but the original Treaty of London (1604) put the core area(Virginia) off limit to Catholics. That was on the orders of the King of Spain who was doing a cramdown on his enemies and his friends!

As a consequence there were no religious in the area and without them you don't even get an underground Catholic church movement ~ what you get are Protestants, and that's where the majority of America's Irish descend from ~ that first wave of immigrants back in the colonial period.

22 posted on 02/04/2013 3:44:59 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Alex Murphy
Gun owners in the country tend to be men, white, married and living in the South, shows a Gallup study published Friday.

They got two out of four right.

The study found that while 25 percent of Catholics

I'm one of them.

23 posted on 02/04/2013 3:50:59 PM PST by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
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On a roll here?


24 posted on 02/04/2013 3:53:10 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: sasportas
There are Roman Catholics and Greek Catholics and Russian Catholics, etc. ~ they are typified by having a religious hierarchy which is separate from the laity, and which provides a liturgical form of worship. In short, Catholics are Catholics are Catholics. Protestants are typically NOT Catholics, but they aren't Buddhists or Hindus either. They may or may not have a liturgical form of worship.

The Pope, who claims primacy over all Catholic bishops, recognizes the baptism of many Protestant bodies ~ my own included ~ and we recognize his as well and boy was there a fight over that one!

Now, regarding the Kennedy's, there are probably more Kennedys whose lineage dates from the Colonial period than from the Famine period. They were here longer, bred frequently, had enormous families, and spread out all over the country. The Murphys are even more numerous and have, to their credit THREE GREAT AMERICAN HEROES ~ Timothy Murphy, the most renowned enlisted man in the American Army in the Revolution, and Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in the Armed forces of the United States in WWII. More recently another Murphy was awarded the Medal of Honor.

I know the first two are Protestant ~ this latest guy may be Catholic. But they're all Murphy, and that's what counts!

25 posted on 02/04/2013 3:54:45 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: njslim

In modern America even the Catholics are in common agreement with the Huguenots regarding firearms ~ don’t leave home without one!


26 posted on 02/04/2013 3:57:39 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

I wasn’t aware of the different waves of Irish coming to this country. Good info. Nor “Greek Catholics,” I would have assumed they would be more ethic than that. Thanks.


27 posted on 02/04/2013 4:04:02 PM PST by sasportas
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To: Salvation
On a roll here?

You'll get no answer if you don't ping me to the question.

28 posted on 02/04/2013 4:19:44 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: muawiyah
The Murphys are even more numerous and have, to their credit THREE GREAT AMERICAN HEROES ~ Timothy Murphy, the most renowned enlisted man in the American Army in the Revolution, and Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in the Armed forces of the United States in WWII. More recently another Murphy was awarded the Medal of Honor.

I know the first two are Protestant ~ this latest guy may be Catholic. But they're all Murphy, and that's what counts!

Huzzah!

29 posted on 02/04/2013 4:25:04 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: muawiyah
There are Roman Catholics and Greek Catholics and Russian Catholics, etc. ~ they are typified by having a religious hierarchy which is separate from the laity, and which provides a liturgical form of worship. In short, Catholics are Catholics are Catholics. Protestants are typically NOT Catholics, but they aren't Buddhists or Hindus either. They may or may not have a liturgical form of worship.

Russians/Greeks/etc. are Catholics in the sense of the Orthodox Church being officially "the Orthodox Catholic Church," but Eastern Orthodoxy is a separate church and religion from the Catholic Church in Rome. There are Vatican-affiliated Catholic churches among these Orthodox peoples but they are in the minority and traditionally disliked by their Orthodox neighbors for being "uniates."

How can someone who knows so much about Lapland and Santa Claus not know this?

30 posted on 02/04/2013 5:41:07 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
Real Simple, I know something of history and i've actually attended services of all the churches you name ~ and they are all Christian churches. For some folks "catholic" means "universal" ~ so, how can you be so critical of semantic differentials ~ these folks can all call themselves whatever they want, or whatever they think Jesus or the Apostles suggested they call themselves ~

BTW, Orthodox Christianity and Roman Catholicism are NOT different religions! Islam is a different religion, but they are the same religion. The disputes are ecclesiastical.

31 posted on 02/04/2013 5:47:24 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: theKid51

You just have to give me your Kimber.


32 posted on 02/04/2013 5:51:19 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
BTW, Santa Claus is a totally different subject, and unless you want to start discussing Thor, Odin, Little Red Man, Herb Woman, reindeer and the 4 household goddesses ~ and maybe an origin story or two that diverges substantially from the two in the Bible, you probably shouldn't raise it on this thread.

Regarding "Lapland", that's a European invention. It's more properly 'the sapma or sapmai' ~ virtually all the original peoples of the Sapma are, in fact, Lutherans or Russian Orthodox ~ in name. It gets very complex after stating that so we'll leave it at that.

33 posted on 02/04/2013 5:57:46 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Rebellion and independent thinking go deepest in Protestant multi-generational Americans. We reject the doctrine of Papal Infallibility and of Kings. Acceptance of Papal infallibility is only a step away from acceptance of human perfection and authority.


34 posted on 02/04/2013 8:32:08 PM PST by CPO retired
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