Gun control advocates love to portray Second Amendment supporters as just a bunch of old white guys in overalls, hillbillies who love their guns more than their children and are probably racist, homophobic, and sexist to boot. It’s nonsense, but its important for their cause to other-ize gun owners. They don’t want suburban moms to think about their neighbor, their dentist, or their child’s teacher when they think “gun owner.” They want moms to think about Cletus in the trailer park instead. Makes it easier to feel good about “punishing” gun owners if you don’t think you’re actually hurting anyone you know.
Gun owners, of course, know that no matter how you slice or dice American demographics, you’re going to find gun owners. We’re everywhere, and a new poll out of Ohio is perfect evidence of the fact that support for the Second Amendment isn’t only to be found in the hearts and minds of older white men.
Black Ohioans are more conservative than many people might think, favoring small government, taxpayer funding for private schools, gun rights over gun control, and private health insurance over a single-payer system, a sweeping new poll has found.
The survey of 1,500 black Ohioans, unveiled Wednesday by the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Foundation and the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute, offers a first-of-its-kind statewide look into the political thoughts of Ohio’s 1.7 million black residents.
Sixty percent of those polled said they prefer small state government, with fewer services and lower taxes, over larger state government.
In addition, 53 percent agreed with protecting the right of citizens to own guns, compared with 47 percent who agreed with restricting the right of citizens to own guns. That finding was “surprising,” said John Green, director of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron.