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I’d like to build on David’s question about firearm culture. Each expert who answered the question described challenges associated with finding common ground with gun owners. Popular discourse often seems to frame the population of gun owners as a monolithic entity. It seems that a more granular appreciation of the different subgroups of gun owners and their motivations for gun ownership might allow us to design more specific screening tools, interventions, and legislation.

How well have we described subgroups of gun owners in the public health literature? For example, how well do we understand gun owners of different age groups, socioeconomic strata, geographic regions, or developed environments (urban, suburban, rural) in terms of the types of guns they own and use? How well do we understand their reasons for owning and using those weapons?