It’s not just the polls. Between 2007 and 2014, the percentage of concealed handgun permits held by blacks and other minorities increased more than twice as fast as it did for whites.
The growth rate was almost twice as fast for women as for men.
My research shows that blacks benefit most from concealed carry because they are relatively more likely to be victims of violent crime. The elderly benefit because they will have trouble resisting an assailant without the aid of a firearm. The same often applies to women.
Gun control groups have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to convince Americans that gun control is the answer. In 2013, gun owners’ groups — including the NRA — spent less than one seventh as much on television advertisements.
In 2014, almost as much was spent pushing one gun control initiative in Washington state as the NRA spent on all elections in the country.
All that spending didn’t work. Those “inevitable” demographic changes didn’t result in a collapse in support for gun rights.
• Lott is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and the author of “More Guns, Less Crime” (University of Chicago Press, 2010, 3rd edition).
John Lott’s newest piece in the Pittburgh Tribune Review discusses the issue of whether
Despite several years of Michael Bloomberg and others spending hundreds of millions of dollars attacking the NRA, a new Gallup poll shows that non-gun owners have a favorable opinion of the NRA (by 7 percentage points). Moderates are even 17 percentage points more likely to have a favorable opinion.
Overall, the NRA has a significantly more favorable image than either President Obama or Hillary Clinton.
Yet, according to Adam Winkler in The Washington Post, the NRA will inevitably decline in power.
The claim is a simple one: Gun ownership is greatest among rural whites, a group whose voting power is diminishing. . . .