Just over a third of Americans with children under the age of 12 have a gun in the household, according to a new Pew poll, which is “nearly identical to the share of childless adults or those with older children who have a firearm at home.”
Additionally it stated that while blacks are significantly more likely than whites to be the victims of gun violence, they are only half as likely to own a gun as whites are.
The poll, which studied the demographics of gun owners, also found that Republicans, at 49 percent, are two times more likely to have a gun at home than Democrats at 22 percent. This fits the general American political map as well; the traditionally more liberal Northeast has the lowest rate of gun ownership (27 percent) and the more conservative South has the highest rate (38 percent).
“The survey results also would appear to challenge the conventional wisdom that gun ownership is far more prevalent in the South,” Pew wrote. “According to the survey, southerners are just about as likely as those living in the Midwest or the West to have a gun at home.”
Read the full report at Pew.