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NCJ Number: 66974 Find in a Library
Title: FIREARMS OWNERSHIP FOR SPORT AND PROTECTION - TWO DIVERGENT MODELS
Journal: AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW  Volume:45  Issue:2  Dated:(APRIL 1980)  Pages:229-244
Author(s): A J LIZOTTE; D J BORDUA
Corporate Author: American Sociological Review
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: American Sociological Review
Albany, NY 12210
Illinois Law Enforcement Cmssn (see Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: SUBCULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS OF ILLINOIS RESIDENTS WHO OWN GUNS FOR SPORT AND WHO OWN GUNS FOR PROTECTION ARE COMPARED BY CONSTRUCTING AND TESTING MODELS OF GUN OWNERSHIP FOR SPORT AND FOR PROTECTION.
Abstract: SURVEY DATA CONSISTED OF A RANDOMLY SELECTED SAMPLE OF 764 HEADS OF HOUSEHOLD. VARIABLES THAT WERE COMMON AND UNIQUE TO SPORTING AND PROTECTIVE MODELS OF GUN OWNERSHIP WERE DELINEATED, AND PATH MODELS OF FIREARMS OWNERSHIP FOR PROTECTION AND FOR SPORT WERE CONSTRUCTED, USING ORDINARY LEAST SQUARES AND LOGISTIC ESTIMATION PROCEDURES. FINDINGS INDICATE THAT SPORTING GUN OWNERSHIP APPEARS TO BE SUBCULTURAL, IN THAT SPORTING GUN OWNERSHIP CAN BE PREDICTED BY USING FAMILY SOCIALIZATION VARIABLES AND INDICATORS OF CONTACT AMONG MEMBERS OF THE SUBCULTURE, INDEPENDENT OF SITUATIONAL VARIABLES. HOWEVER, PROTECTIVE OWNERSHIP DOES NOT RESPOND TO FAMILY SOCIALIZATION AND INDICATORS OF CONTACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE WHO OWN GUNS FOR PROTECTION. FURTHER, NO INDICATION EXISTS OF A SUBCULTURE OF VIOLENCE AMONG PROTECTIVE GUN OWNERS. ALSO, GUN OWNERSHIP FOR PROTECTION AND GUN OWNERSHIP FOR SPORT WERE FOUND TO BE INDEPENDENT EVENTS, WITH NO JOINT PROBABILITY OF OCCURRENCE. THIS SUGGESTS THAT THE IMPETUS FOR A SUBCULTURE OF PROTECTIVE OWNERSHIP COULD NOT BE A LOGICAL EXTENSION OF A SUBCULTURE OF FIREARMS OWNERSHIP FOR SPORT. BECAUSE THE ONLY PREDICTOR OF OWNING A GUN FOR PROTECTION IS LIVING IN A HIGH CRIME CONTEXT, THE CRIME RATE MUST BE REDUCED TO LESSEN THE DEMAND FOR PROTECTIVE GUNS. TABLES, FIGURES, AND REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--DEG)
Index Term(s): Citizen crime precautions; Cultural influences; Firearms; Illinois; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Recreation; Self defense; Socialization
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