Research suggests it's largely because they're anxious about their ability to protect their families, insecure about their place in the job market and beset by racial fears
“For them, more ‘good’ people with guns would drastically reduce violence and increase civility. Again, it reflects a hero narrative, which many white man long to feel a part of.”
"When we tell stories about the Other, we’re really telling stories about ourselves.”
"A white man is three times more likely to shoot himself than a black man—while the chances that a white man will be killed by a black man are extremely slight. Most murders and shoot-outs don’t happen between strangers. They unfold within social networks, among people of the same race."