Table 2

Selected firearm related experiences of gun owners among survey respondents and comparison groups of gun owners from national public opinion surveys, and OR (95% CI) for respondents having had these experiences

CharacteristicNo (%) of respondents who were gun owners (n=74)No (%) of gun owner comparison groupOR (95% CI)
*1989 Yankelovich Clancy Shulman, national public opinion survey of gun owners (n=605).
†May 1991 Gallup Organization, Gallup Poll, national public opinion survey of pistol owners (n=210, subpopulation of 1002 adults).
‡Exact test.
Parents had guns in the house41 (55)478 (79)*0.3 (0.2 to 0.5)
Formal training with guns41 (55)478 (79)*0.3 (0.2 to 0.5)
Used gun defensively 6 (8) 17 (8)† 1.0 (0.3 to 2.8)‡
Knew someone shot in a crime18 (24)133 (22)*1.1 (0.7 to 2.0)
Knew someone shot unintentionally19 (26)248 (41)*0.5 (0.3 to 0.9)