Buttrick: The Number of Pre-Civil War Slaves in a County is a Good Indicator of the Number of Guns There Today
By Grace Stevens
In 1860, 5 years before the legal end to slavery in the U.S., some counties, especially in the south, had more enslaved people.
Researchers looking at the trends in gun ownership across the states find these slavery statistics may reflect why some residents have more guns in the present.
In an attempt to understand trends in gun ownership across the USA, researchers described a shift in sentiment away from the predominant, pre-Civil War idea of guns as tools for hunting and sport and particularly in the south, a post-Civil War belief that a gun was necessary to protect the family.
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