Re: you have that backward
>> significant overlap between the "gun control uber alles" nutter set and the:
>> "already serving time for felony assault/theft" set too.
Actually no. This set are highly supportive of gun control.
>> Not to mention even more overlap when you add the "spent most of their formative and adult years under perception and mood altering chemicals" crowd
Also no. This set vote overwhelmingly Democratic Party in both myth and truth and are largely anti-gun. These tend to be single-issue 'legalize drugs' voters.
The pro-gun types are:
1) Libertarians - on the basis of personal freedom principles and/or fear of kleptocratic government (justified imho).
2) The religious - on the basis of fear of persecution by government...one major reason why the US was formed in the first place. Currently not justified but these guys take the long view...which is hard to argue with IMO. There is an 'earth is only 6k years old' subgroup in this - very small but a popular target since the belief is pretty far from the mainstream
3) Hunters, sportsmen, and former military types - basically people who see guns as just another tool or hobby item. LOTS of these guys
4) Fear of crime types - not very many of these actually...at least not that I've found. I think this is limited to urban voters in bad or 'gentrifying' areas and border areas with serious gang activity (southwest MS13, etc). In suburban and exurban America there is not much random crime and the latter group (exurb/rural) are pretty much captured in category 3
Fear of government types dominate the pro-gun side of the debate (and this is the founding reason for the right in the constitution). Fear of crime topics dominate the discussion as that is the only lens through which the media want to have any discussion as the media are overwhelmingly statist.