Yeah, rednecks are a problem here. I think they are wherever they live and I'll explain exactly why: they are usually ignorant and utterly clueless about the world around them. They do not care about anything unless it somehow relates to them or effects them.
I know a few of them just through social situations I've been put in and my god are they f*cking stupid.
They are so ignorant and clueless about everything that goes on in the world. They have no idea what is going on in the world. They don't involve themselves in anything. They don't like to discover new things about the world or expose themselves to new things.
One of the people I speak of legit didn't know who Nelson Mandela was. When he died she was like "who is that? I don't know who that is?" and that level of being ignorant and closed-off in this day and age is just mind boggling. Keep in mind this person has 24/7 access to television and the internet. The people she was with, from the co-op she lives with, were also like "who is that?" etc. They're just more concerned with playing Farmville and spending their days doing whatever else. This is a person who thinks the entire Middle East is just people living in sand huts and cannot even fathom that places like Dubai have actual buildings. Nice buildings. I won't go into the other ignorant things this person believes and that a handful of the people she was with from her area agree on. So all of the above, yeah, I am talking about one person in a specific example but pretty much the others around her are the same. The handful that I've seen.
This person doesn't work either and just mooches off others. Her spouse works and she bitches that she doesn't want to get a job because "he'll take half my salary". No sh*t, you should help pay for the bills and contribute to the household income. Anyway, mooches off others and then bitches and whines about how they don't have this or that and don't have enough money. Get a job? You can't just bitch and then do nothing to remedy your situation. This is a person who expects everything to be handed to her and to put in 0% effort and work.
Pretty much only cares about whatever effects her.
Now it would generalizing to say that this is what everyone that can be grouped as "redneck" is like but based on my own experiences, I'd say quite a few of them are like that. Maybe not to the extreme level that woman is in the above examples, but certainly to some degree.
It just baffles me how someone can be so closed off from the world, clueless and ignorant. You don't need to know everything, don't need to keep an eye on everything but at least show some understanding or interest in the world around you.
This is all based on my own experiences and I hate to generalize but I am hard pressed to believe otherwise at the moment. It seems to be a unifying factor in what makes someone a "redneck" in relation to their personality. I won't go into the other stuff mentioned like living in a rural area, being a gun-freak etc.
I would pretty much classify ignorant and clueless people as rednecks. Someone can be a gun-freak or live in a rural area and still be interested in the world around them/not be a total twat or act like a hillbilly.
tl;dr: rednecks are the bane of every society.