Gun Ownership = Low IQ
The problem in the US isn't the readily available weapons, but the ignorant people who use them to force their will on others. Criminals, militants, etc. If the government said, "You want to own a gun? You must first pass this IQ test!" I seriously doubt the problems that are normally attributed to a lack of gun control would ever take place.Personally, I found this offensive. I don't hear Ed advocating an IQ test for free speech. And there have been plenty of people killed by speech. Just look at the mess Sharpton made in New York in 1991, when he incited his
Guns don't kill people... ignorant people kill people. If I had to guess, I would say the average IQ of a gun owner hovers in the low 80s. Not stupid, but not exactly the top ten percent of the countries intelligencia.
For the 2 or 3 of you who read this little blog that aren't Ed, allow me to explain that I happen to like Ed, and he keeps me on my toes when it comes to arguing why I believe something. So now he's got me scouring the internet, looking for anything I can find about gun ownership and IQ. I'll be updating this post as my research continues, but this is what I have found so far.
From this survey (.pdf file here) from the National Institute of Justice,
Gun ownership was highest among middle-aged, college- educated people of rural small-town America. Whites were substantially more likely to own guns than blacks, and blacks more likely than Hispanics.Granted, college educated does not equal higher IQ, but chances are they (the gun owning, college graduates) are probably not the knuckle-dragging cretins that Ed is envisioning.
According to this advocate of gun restriction, there are
The National Rifle Association estimates there are upwards of 65-70 million privately-owned handguns out of more than 200 million privately-owned firearms in the U.S.No mention of the IQ of the gun owners, but I'm going to guess that with 45% of all households owning guns, there are more than a few below average IQs, as well as a few above average.
- That number rises by about 4.5 million each year.
- There are 65-80 million gun owners in America; 30-35 million own handguns.
- American households that have firearms: approximately 45%.
- With 301,631,058 people in this country and about 80 million gun owners, that’s 211,631,058 citizens who don’t own a firearm.
- Which is still 0.66 guns for every person.
Research is continuing. Also, be sure to check out Ed's blog, as he promises to post his own research on the subject. I'm looking forward to it.