2016 General Social Survey Data on Gun Ownership

Gun Culture 2.0

Although I have already written more about gun ownership statistics than I care to (here and here and here and here), the questions of who owns how many guns and how we know are important. So I took note when sociologist Dan Hirschman posted today on the scatterplot blog that the data for the 2016 edition of the biennial General Social Survey is now publicly available. Hirschman also linked to the GSS Data Explorer trends page which allows users to quickly look at basic trends on issues of interest.

If you go to the page, you can find the question “Does respondent have gun in home” under the broader “Civil Liberties” category (it’s in the Bill of Rights after all!), and within that under the “Crime” category (oh, well, can’t win ’em all!)

Using your mouse as a magic wand, you can quickly generate the trend line…

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