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Perceptions of Crime, Racial Attitudes, and Firearms Ownership

NCJ Number
Social Forces Volume: 64 Issue: 2 Dated: (December 1985) Pages: 473-486
R L Young
Date Published
14 pages
It is argued that, because of a prevailing public image of criminals as young black males, racial prejudice leads to aggressive attitudes toward criminals, which increases the likelihood of gun ownership.
Concern about crime, in turn, produces a greater increment in gun ownership among highly prejudiced than among less prejudiced white males. These expectations are supported by data from white males in the Detroit area. The model is also supported by patterns of ownership of more passive forms of household protection. 4 notes, 4 tables, and bibliography. (Author abstract)