In their paper, published in the journal Political Behavior in November, Alexandra Filindra and Noah J. Kaplan found that whites were significantly less likely to support gun control measures when they had recently looked at pictures of black people, than when they had looked at pictures of white people. The study, which surveyed 1,000 white respondents, also found that the higher they scored on a common measure of racial prejudice, the stronger negative effect the photos of black people had on the respondents' support for gun control.One of the researchers, Alexandra Filindra, said that in the mind of this type of gun owner, "I am showing my white nationalist pride in a sort of generic way through gun ownership," and that words like "freedom" and "individualism" cause racist reactions in whites who believe government is giving "special rights" to "less deserving groups." She compares the belief in gun rights to "'homeowner rights' used in defense of residential segregation, 'taxpayer rights' marshalled against welfare programs and affirmative action, or 'victims' rights employed in support of punitive criminal justice policies." In other words, gun rights is just another way of protecting "white privilege."
Taken together, those two findings "demonstrate that racial prejudice influences white opinion regarding gun regulation in the contemporary United States," Filindra and Kaplan conclude. But why would that be the case?
Really? The fact that it took from November to now for Wonk Blog writer Christopher Ingraham to even notice this trash is an indication of just how stupid this whole premise really is.