This came from Harvard though, so I wonder how many respondents ~felt~ that a road rager was armed
So 'road rage' is now neasured by flipping someone off?
Looks like typical BS methodology. They mention driving agggressively but then only show 'digital' results. Wonder what the other catergories were?
I wouldn't pay much attention to that re-written abstract in the NS. If you want to read the details, you will have to look up the issue of Accident Analysis and Prevention in which the research report appeared.
While concerns about road rage have grown over the past decade, states have made it easier for motorists to carry firearms in their vehicles. Are motorists with guns in the car more or less likely to engage in hostile and aggressive behavior?
Data come from a 2004 national random digit dial survey of over 2400 licensed drivers. Respondents were asked whether, in the past year, they (1) made obscene or rude gestures at another motorist, (2) aggressively followed another vehicle too closely, and (3) were victims of such hostile behaviors.
Seventeen percent admitted making obscene or rude gestures, and 9% had aggressively followed too closely. Forty-six percent reported victimization by each of these behaviors in the past year. Males, young adults, binge drinkers, those who do not believe most people can be trusted, those ever arrested for a non-traffic violation, and motorists who had been in a vehicle in which there was a gun were more likely to engage in such forms of road rage.
Similar to a survey of Arizona motorists, in our survey, riding with a firearm in the vehicle was a marker for aggressive and dangerous driver behavior.
Keywords: Firearms; Road rage; Aggressive driving
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So you see...gun owners were lumped in with:
those who do not believe most people can be trusted
and those who have been arrested for a non-traffic violation.
Statistics don't make a paper.
While you are there, be sure to check out other gems such as:
Received 14 February 2005; accepted 24 February 2005. Available online 28 April 2005.
Empirical evidence in a scientific journal is one step above anecdotal IMHO and in some cases carries even less weight than "Data not shown" discussions.
What part of the data, methodology or analysis did you find problematic exactly?
I don't beleive any study without seeing the methodology behind it. You can skew results by just selecting a sample that gives the results you want.