After the January 6th storming of the US Capitol Building, I knew that gun owners and gun culture would be blamed. But from the start I have questioned how widely gun owners in general supported this clumsy coup.
In this week’s Light Over Heat video I consider some recent survey data that addresses the question of gun owner support for the storming of the Capitol Building, and for political violence more generally.
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Other documentation for this video:
Firmin DeBrabander in The Atlantic on “insurrectionist fever dreams”: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/01/nra-americas-insurrectionist-fever-dreams/617627
Why are there so few violent insurrectionist gun owners? https://guncurious.wordpress.com/2021/01/13/why-are-there-so-few-violent-insurrectionist-gun-owners/
I discuss “the missing insurrectionists” in my 2021 book chapter “Understanding and Misunderstanding America’s Gun Culture: https://gunculture2point0.wordpress.com/2021/09/20/new-book-chapter-on-understanding-and-misunderstanding-american-gun-culture/
University of Chicago Institute of Politics on political polarization and political violence: https://uchicagopolitics.opalstacked.com/uploads/homepage/Disinfo-Press-PDF.pdf
My 2022 article “Gun Culture 2.0: The Evolution and Contours of Defensive Gun Ownership in America”: FORTHCOMING
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