Why some Christians don’t believe in gun control: They think God handed down the Second Amendment

Jul 31, 2018

By Andrew Whitehead, Landon Schnabel, and Samuel Perry

We’re now at a point when Americans are killed or injured in a mass shooting almost every month; by some definitions, almost every day. Despite this, resistance to stricter gun control in the United States remains fierce.

As researchers of religion, we know the power of religious identities and beliefs. And so we wondered: How does Christian nationalism influence Americans’ attitudes toward gun control?

In our newly published and freely available study, the connection between Christian nationalism and gun control attitudes proves stronger than we expected. It turns out that how intensely someone adheres to Christian nationalism is one of the strongest predictors of whether someone supports gun control. One’s political party, religiosity, gender, education or age doesn’t matter.

You could be a mainline Protestant Democratic woman or a highly educated politically liberal man — the more you line up with Christian nationalism, the less likely you are to support gun control.

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One comment on “Why some Christians don’t believe in gun control: They think God handed down the Second Amendment”

  • @OP – We’re now at a point when Americans are killed or injured in a mass shooting almost every month; by some definitions, almost every day.
    Despite this, resistance to stricter gun control in the United States remains fierce.

    Not only that, but Trump and the US gun-nuts are trying export its unregulated gun idiocy, to untrained fools, criminals, and terrorists, world-wide!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45027237

    A US federal judge in Seattle has blocked the release of software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearms.

    Gun access advocacy group Defense Distributed published downloadable gun blueprints five days early on Friday.

    The firm had reached a settlement with the Trump administration in June to allow it to legally publish the plans.

    But eight states and the District of Columbia sued the government on Monday to block the settlement, arguing the untraceable guns were a safety risk.

    US District Judge Robert Lasnik issued a temporary restraining order halting the release hours before the 1 August deadline, saying the blueprints could fall into the wrong hands.

    Although Defense Distributed had been expected to publish the blueprints on Wednesday, it uploaded files for nine types of gun to its website last week.
    Between Friday and Sunday, more than 1,000 people downloaded the files for building a gun apparently modelled on the AR-15 rifle – the gun used in many of America’s mass shootings.




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