Gun Ownership and the Rise of Political Violence: A Worrying Trend

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On ‘Psychology Behind the Headlines,’ hosts Jessica Reyes, Patricia Wu, and guest Dr. Cortina Peters discuss the rise of political violence in America and the worrying connection to gun ownership.

The Study’s Findings

UC Davis research found a correlation between gun ownership (especially assault-style weapons) and support for the use of political violence.

The Psychology of Fear and Extremism

Some people feel the need to arm themselves heavily out of a fear-based belief that only force can protect their political ideals. This “us vs. them” mentality fosters division and conflict.

A Call for De-Escalation

It’s important to understand the root causes of this trend. We need to address the fear and polarization fueling feelings that violence is justified.

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