Philip J. Cook, PhD
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One thing which does not seem to be taken into account is the reliance on material gathered by surveyors asking questions about guns many people will not answer truthfully if at all. In today’s political climate, it does not bode well for an individual to admit to owning guns, supporting the NRA or admitting to having a concealed carry license. I have been contacted twice by telephone in the last 3 years by individuals (supposedly) representing groups which were interested in obtaining information on gun ownership. After listening to the opening words from the surveyor concerning what they were looking for, I determined that their interests were not in my best interests. I politely declined to answer any questions except that I owned no guns (untrue) and had no desire to ever buy any (also untrue). I realize that this type of non-answer is probably figured into the entire survey process……but I know many fellow gun owners (several who have been called by surveyors) and to a man (and woman) none of them wants to be “on the radar screen” of any gun-haters or gun control groups. Reference “The Journal News” article in 2013 listing handgun permit holder’s names, addresses and mapping that information online. That did not go over too well with the legal gun owners there.
Cook PJ. At Last, a Good Estimate of the Magnitude of the Private-Sale Loophole for Firearms. Ann Intern Med. 2017;166:301–302. [Epub ahead of print 3 January 2017]. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/M16-2819
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2017;166(4):301-302.
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