Why is this process a secret? Why are certain results shared with The Trace before the survey has been peer reviewed? How did the “researchers” frame their questions? How were respondents selected? If this is the “most definitive portrait of gun ownership in decades,” why do they refuse to let us look behind the curtain?
Perhaps there’s a clue in the admission: “It’s difficult to account for the growing acceptance of guns in public, the authors said.” We agree; mystery seems to swirl around this “study.”