The Dallas Morning News released a poll on Sunday that tells the story of new gun owners in Texas, and it’s not what you would think.
Many say the fear of civil unrest due to the pandemic and the political climate surrounding the election in November is a main driver of their decision to purchase a gun.
In Texas, fear has been a motivation for first-time gun-owners, according to a poll released Sunday by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler.
Just over a third of Texans polled say they own at least one gun. Some 17% of gun owners bought a gun within the past 90 days, and of those, more than half were first-time buyers.
But these aren’t all the right-wingers that one might expect as a description.
The poll says many favor Biden.
Almost half of the 1,150 Texas voters surveyed expect that the pandemic will lead to civil unrest. About a third own at least one gun.
“I think there is a general panic and unrest,” said poll respondent Tony Ashcraft, owner of a gun center in Pearland.
“There’s no one flavor of humanity that comes in. A big panic is panic in everybody’s mind. Everybody is worried,” he said.
First-time gun buyers favor Biden over Trump, in fact.
Things are sure to get interesting in November and not likely in a good way.