"Predicting Gun Owners Perceived Risk of Crime: The Role of Gender"
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Nicole Hendrix
The study examines the effect of perceived risk on individuals’
likelihood of owing firearms. This study will examine the instance
and pattern of fear in large, nationally representative sample. Of
particular interest, it whether or not the fear is associated with
higher levels of gun ownership.
Research suggests many individuals experience fear and deal
with that fear in numerous ways to carry on with their daily lives.
For some individuals, they may not feel safe in their environment
because of their neighborhood, police, family members, or a
multitude of other reasons. Therefore, some individuals buy firearms
to protect themselves. This idea follows the “Castle Doctrine”
or “Stand your ground laws” that some states have such as
Florida. These laws permit an individual to use deadly force against
an attack on their property or a public open area. Americans may
purchase firearms for their homes as a preventative measure, like
some own a fence. Though gun ownership is predicted to solely relate
to fear and can be owned for other reasons. We hypothesize that the
fear of crime will be positively related to owning a firearm.
Keywords: Gun Ownership, Fear, Gender Bias, Cultural Differences
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