Gun Owners’ Intensity Turns ‘Minority in American Politics’ into Outsized Force


Gun ownership is a stronger predictor of a person’s political activity than factors such as gender, age and education, according to a study that helps explain why mass shootings have done little to advance the cause of advocates calling for stiffer laws.

The intensity of gun owners has made them an outsized political force over the past four decades, according to the study, released this week from the University of Kansas.

“In virtually every form you look at — contacting elected officials, signing petitions or contributing to campaigns ­— you see higher participation rates amongst gun owners versus …

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