Table 1

“If more people in your community begin to carry guns, would that make you feel more safe, less safe or the same? (1 = more safe or same)

No% Feel more safe% Feel same% Feel less safeAdjusted odds ratioMultivariate analysis 95% confidence interval
*p<0.05; **p<0.01; ***p<0.001.
Source: 1996 national random digit dial survey of 1905 adults by Fact Finders, Inc for the Harvard Injury Control Research Center.
    Male75919***29521.51.2 to 2.0 (p<0.001)
    White144613***27601.51.1 to 2.1 (p<0.001)
    >40102114*25610.90.7 to 1.2 (NS)
Income ($)
    >35 000893122662
    <35 0006841223651.10.9 to 1.5 (NS)
    Missing2121729552.01.4 to 2.8 (p<0.001)
    Suburban5921224641.31.0 to 1.7 (NS)
    Rural5471533531.71.3 to 2.2 (p<0.001)
Children <18 years old
    Yes76010***25650.80.6 to 1.0 (p<0.05)
Gun owner
    Yes43930***38334.23.2 to 5.6 (p<0.001)
    No, but gun in household2906***32631.71.2 to 2.3 (p<0.001)
    No gun in household105771975
Carried gun
    Yes5444***35202.51.2 to 5.1 (p<0.05)
    South63615*25591.10.9 to 1.5 (NS)
Neighborhood safety
    Very/somewhat safe150212*26620.90.6 to 1.2 (NS)
    Somewhat/very unsafe253171964
Confidence in police
    Feel confident137311***27621.00.8 to 1.4 (NS)
    Do not feel confident341192061