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In parts of the country, shooting and hunting aren’t a way of life. They are life.

The gun debate rages in two Americas. One of the biggest factors in where you stand on gun ownership and gun violence depends, literally, on where you lay your head at night.

A compilation of December Gallup polls showed that rural Americans — roughly one-sixth of the population — are more than twice as likely to have a gun in the home than those living in large cities. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they are six times more likely to hunt. Rural residents are also most likely to say the best way to reduce gun violence is to better enforce current gun laws rather than pass new ones, an argument echoed by the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups.