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Happiness is a warm Uzi

2008-04-22 03:42:12.612252+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

The Wall Street Journal looks at the statistics behind gun ownership happiness. Barak Obama said:

They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or antitrade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Can't speak to religion or bigotry or a stance on immigration, but apparently he was wrong about guns:

Nor are they "bitter." In 2006, 36% of gun owners said they were "very happy," while 9% were "not too happy." Meanwhile, only 30% of people without guns were very happy, and 16% were not too happy.

In 1996, gun owners spent about 15% less of their time than nonowners feeling "outraged at something somebody had done." It's easy enough in certain precincts to caricature armed Americans as an angry and miserable fringe group. But it just isn't true. The data say that the people in the approximately 40 million American households with guns are generally happier than those people in households that don't have guns.

Via BoingBoing: Gun owners are the happiest people in the U.S.. In the comments, Sister Y observes:

... there's a positive correlation between gun ownership and suicide. That may be our answer - the gun owners left alive to answer the question are the happy ones. ...

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-04-22 04:00:48.661302+00 by: Larry Burton

I can imagine that if you checked gun ownership and attempted suicide statistics you would find there to be a negative correlation between gun ownership and attempted suicide. Gun owners being more successful at suicide than none gun owners.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-04-22 05:12:01.036836+00 by: TheSHAD0W

You'd also need a hell of a lot of suicides to push the statistics that far.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-04-22 05:16:25.475199+00 by: TheSHAD0W


Just followed the cited statistics on the correlation...


The results show that gun ownership has a stronger impact on firearm suicides than homicides.

Well duh! If you're going to commit suicide and you have a firearm, you'll probably use the firearm; if you don't have a firearm you'd have to pick some other method, wouldn't you?

#Comment Re: made: 2008-04-22 07:58:24.011843+00 by: meuon

Empowerment, Responsibility, Capability.. whether it's guns or the ability to fix things and make things happen. It keeps me happy to have options.

And some semi-auto-darwinism (as full-auto-darwinism requires an FFL and is less common), does affect statistics, ie: the happy ones are left to answer polls.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-04-22 14:40:42.855158+00 by: ebradway

Wow... Sometimes statistics are quite befuddling! And we all know that statistics never lie...Just like politicians!