Guns as a Coping Mechanism

Abstract

What is the appeal of gun ownership? Using psychological, sociological, and anthropological data, we propose a coping model of gun ownership, in which gun owners (especially those for whom personal protection is paramount) may be using their guns as a form of physicalized self-affirmation - as a way to manage the psychological threats (such as threats to belonging) they face in everyday life.

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Portland, OR