Gun Attitudes Towards Guns And Fear Of Crime

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Summary
This American study used a three-dimensional attitudes scale (attitudes towards gun scale) focusing on whether the American public should own guns or not, if gun ownership protects people against crime and the public’s attitude towards whether guns are an incentive for crime. They found that males displayed more positive attitudes towards guns and that women were more likely to view guns as an incentive to commit crime and were less likely to believe that guns protect the owner.

Conclusion
Attitudes towards guns comprise of multiple dimensions in which responses toward relevant items are not just consistently negative or positive. The ATGS (attitudes toward gun scale) will be valuable for future research involving aggression, social policy and stereotyping.

Summary
This American study examined the relationship between attitudes towards guns and fear of crime in three studies. Study 1 used 73 items about guns to determine if “Gun Attitudes” caused a confusion in literature on fear of crime and gun attitudes. Study 2 used 65 gun items showing moderate variety in the first study were matched with measures of local crime rate, gun experience and fear of crime. Study 3 involved telephone interviews. They found a significant relationship between fear of crime and attitudes towards guns.

Conclusion
Participants with higher fear of crime attitudes were more favourable towards gun control with a positive relationship between fear of crime and positive attitudes towards

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