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Study: Republicans Have WAY More Guns Than Democrats

If the facts revealed in a report from two University of Kansas political science professors play out, and for some reason the country descends into utter chaos, there’s one piece of good news: gun ownership, which used to be evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, is now heavily weighted toward Republicans.

Mark Joslyn and Don Haider-Markel studied the “gun gap” in America, analyzing the number of people of each party affiliation who actually own guns and how they’ve voted.

As the professors wrote in The Washington Post:

In 1976, 50 percent of Republicans, 48 percent of independents, and 45 percent of Democrats owned a gun. That changed in the 1980s and 1990s. By 2000, 30 percent of independents and only 27 percent of Democrats reported having a gun in the home. That drop continued among Democrats; by 2016, only 23 percent owned guns. Meanwhile, Republican gun ownership has stayed fairly constant. In 2012, 54 percent of Republicans owned guns. That’s nearly the same figure reported in 1973.

So there’s an obvious answer to the question as to why leftists want to reduce gun rights: they simply want everyone to be as vulnerable to the government as they are.

As our founders warned:

George Washington: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.”

Patrick Henry: “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”

James Madison: “It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of citizens and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The freemen of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle. We revere this lesson too much … to forget it.”