I very much try to refrain from sweeping generalisations, and I am not condoning Deleted 20555's judgement based on the "rantings of a few Internet nutters," but isn't your statement above equally subjective? Whilst I trust that you personally know well-educated gun owners/lovers with above-average intelligence, this is undoubtedly a small sample and not indicative of all gun nuts (your words, not mine). I am sure there are plenty of people who can counter that they know gun owners who failed high school, and are tobacco-chewing, cheap beer-guzzling rednecks -- to stay within the realm of proper stereotypes. I currently work in academia in Maryland, and only one of my many colleagues (all of whom have at least a master's degree, whilst most have doctorates) owns a gun, ergo, the higher the education level the lower the level of gun ownership.
Well, a 2011 Gallup poll actually confirms that education, sex, race, and gun ownership are correlated, and it shows a statistically significant difference of 11 percentage points between gun owners without college (40%) and gun owners with college degrees (29%). Perhaps I'll have a quick look at the methodology later as this information is self-reported, but first I'll have a nice long walk with my dog and then a lovely pint of ale.
Self-Reported Gun Ownership in U.S. Is Highest Since 1993
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More than a small percentage of firearms owners in the US will routinely deny having any to someone who asks - especially over the 'phone.
I know most of my friends will act in that way; persec or paranoia, who's to tell?