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Latinos not in love with guns

By Jeannie Rivera Feb 6, 2013 11:27AM

The NRA isn’t likely to find much sympathy among Latinos as it moves ahead with its campaign against gun control. Most Latinos aren’t part of the love affair with guns in this country, a recently released Gallup poll shows.

 

We are less likely than any other group to own guns and more likely to support regulations.  Our low rates of gun ownership, 18 percent, is considered “below average” by the researchers in a country where 33 percent of whites and 22 percent of African Americans own guns. Overall, one third of Americans own guns and there is at least one firearm in half of America’s households.

 

The breakdown of the data by categories is eye-popping: 45 percent of all males in this country own guns (versus 15 percent of women.)  Who is more likely to own guns? That would be older, southern, married, white men. In every single one of those boxes the numbers fluctuate anywhere from 50 percent to 70 percent. About half of them identify themselves as Protestant Christians.

 

Latinos are also different when it comes to their attitudes toward regulations. A study last year by the Pew Research Center found that 29 percent of Latinos think it is more important to protect individual gun owners’ rights than to regulate weapons. By contrast, 59 percent of whites and 35 percent of blacks believe that individual gun ownership rights are more important.

 

No doubt that the high rate of gun ownership in this country will make the discussion over regulations a very thorny one. Any changes on the status quo would have a direct impact in tens of millions of Americans, regardless of where they stand on the issue. Yet it needs to happen. We can no longer ignore it.  Every society needs to periodically reassess its rules, written and unwritten, and see if they conform to their reality and are in step with who and what it wants to be.


Now, the discussion can hardly be insulated from partisan politics. The Gallup research shows that Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to own guns. Both camps have already drawn the land in the sand between them. Yet, politicians aside, we have to decide as the citizens of this country whether new restrictions and checks are necessary to curve down gun violence or if, for the sake of a philosophical stance, we do little or nothing in order to keep the government away and purported liberties intact.

 

 

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Feb 7, 2013 11:21AM
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Why am i stuck on latino msn? I love latin culture/people but holy crap these writers are even worse than normal msn, and they are terrrrible.
Feb 9, 2013 8:01PM
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Los Zetas...don't have any guns do they?

 

No one is saying that latinos don´t have guns. Read the report. It states that "Latinos not in love with guns" I know that some people have a hard time with comprehension. Apparently "JimJewekes" is one of those. Most latinos do not care for guns because regardless of what most think. Not very many guns are manufactured in Mexico. Most are made in America. It has always been that way and that is why it is such a big issue only in the US. Most countries regardless of their financial status have very strict laws on who can "legally" own guns. As for criminals now that is different and we see everyday on the news how they always seem to obtain guns no matter what country there in. Apparenly Chicago and Los Angeles are two fine examples of well controlled areas with proper gun laws???

Feb 7, 2013 12:19PM
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I'll tell you why we do not like guns. Because many of us have suffered in war-torn countries, we know that guns can only bring  bad things and we have lost many people who love, just because someone stupid  after a few drinks  wanted to get even because someone didn't smile at them.. I will not say all but most of us who are here, we come to grow and provide a better future for our families, "venimos de donde asustan"  and we want to give our best and want the rest to know that we are peaceful and hardworking people.
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Los Zetas...don't have any guns do they? or the thousands of other hispanic, latino, lationa, chicano, azteca, Mexican(2/3 US pop increase alone is Mexican direct)

  And anyone whom has been at the US Mex Border can verify that Mexicans do not STOP going through the Frontera...just non Latino's aka not of The Race=666-:LaRaza!

  Verify for yourself!

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Los Zetas...don't have any guns do they? or the thousands of other hispanic, latino, lationa, chicano, azteca, Mexican(2/3 US pop increase alone is Mexican direct)

  And anyone whom has been at the US Mex Border can verify that Mexicans do not STOP going through the Frontera...just non Latino's aka not of The Race=666-:LaRaza!

  Verify for yourself!

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  • Jeannie RiveraJeannie Rivera

    Jeannie Rivera is an independent writer and former newspaper reporter who lives in Central Florida with her family, a guitar, a few orchids and a bunch of books. She doesn't have pets and this is unlikely to change. She's penned stories for The Miami Herald, The Orlando Sentinel, BBC Mundo, AOL and others. She was raised in Puerto Rico where she learned to sing, cook good food, be a good mom and throw boisterous parties (she gets great story material from these.) She enjoys traveling, good wine, great books, her two boys and sleeping.