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Gallup: Self-reported gun ownership rises, especially among women, Dems
The Daily Caller ^ | 27 October, 2011 | C.J. Ciaramella

Posted on 10/28/2011 5:43:57 AM PDT by marktwain

Skeezeballs and perverts beware: Ladies have access to guns these days, and they aren’t afraid to talk about it.

Self-reported gun ownership is at an all-time high among women, according to Gallup’s annual poll on gun ownership in the United States.

According to Gallup, 43 percent of women report household gun ownership, up from 33 percent in 2009. The poll found that 23 percent of women personally own firearms.

The trend follows a rise in U.S. gun ownership in general, regardless of party affiliation or region.

Forty-seven percent of American adults say they have a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property. That’s up from 41 percent a year ago, and the highest percentage since 1993.

Republicans are still more likely to report gun ownership, but the number of Democratic gun owners spiked dramatically — rising from 30 percent in 2009 to 40 percent this year.

Gallup’s Oct. 6–9 poll also determined that public support for personal gun rights is at an all-time high.

Gun sales and applications for concealed-carry permits spiked in 2009 following President Obama’s election victory. And arond the same time, two significant Supreme Court cases affirmed the Second Amendment as an individual right.

Gallup cautions, however, that only time will tell if this is a trend or merely a temporary blip.

“At 47%, reported gun ownership is the highest it has been in nearly two decades — a finding that may be related to Americans’ dampened support for gun-control laws,” Gallup wrote. “However, to ensure that this year’s increase reflects a meaningful rebound in reported gun ownership, it will be important to see whether the uptick continues in future polling.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 4570; banglist; galleryloads; gallup; gun; women
What has not been mearsured is how many people are unwilling to tell a pollster that they own a gun or have one in the house.
1 posted on 10/28/2011 5:43:58 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

mearsured should be measured


2 posted on 10/28/2011 5:44:48 AM PDT by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: marktwain

Thank you Obama. Well done.


3 posted on 10/28/2011 5:46:07 AM PDT by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: marktwain

The Dems are feeling the heat of being outgunned. The arms race in America has begun.


4 posted on 10/28/2011 5:52:51 AM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: marktwain

Weapons? What weapons?


5 posted on 10/28/2011 5:57:41 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: marktwain

Why in the world would anyone “self report.” That is just stupid.


6 posted on 10/28/2011 6:02:40 AM PDT by LOC1 (Let's pick the best, not settle for a compromise.)
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To: marktwain

They mention that in the article, and say they cannot tell how much gun ownership changed as opposed to just the willingess to admit it.

That probably is a substantial part of the uptick.

The acceptance of guns, particularly handguns for defensive purposes, is one of the few bright spots in our current climate.


7 posted on 10/28/2011 6:11:06 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: marktwain
If I owned any weapons, I wouldn't report it to another pollster, to the police, or to any government agency. I'm keeping these babies a secret:


8 posted on 10/28/2011 6:11:18 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: LOC1

“Why in the world would anyone “self report.” That is just stupid.”

To a pollster? I would. I guess my goal would be to bolster the visible number of pro-gun people.


9 posted on 10/28/2011 6:12:06 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: DarthVader

Dems owning guns isn’t a new situation. Liberals have always had guns and are buying likely at the same rate as any other group. The problem liberals have w/ guns is those they view as inferior can also have them.


10 posted on 10/28/2011 6:13:00 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: Pessimist

A pollster has your identifying information when the poll is taken. One assumes that identifying information is stripped away before the results are tabulated, but there is no legal requirement for that to happen. Because the information exists, there is nothing preventing the misuse of that information.


11 posted on 10/28/2011 6:17:48 AM PDT by LOC1 (Let's pick the best, not settle for a compromise.)
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To: 2nd amendment mama

Ping!


12 posted on 10/28/2011 6:23:41 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Red_Devil 232

What gun? Sold it years ago.


13 posted on 10/28/2011 6:27:34 AM PDT by hadaclueonce ("Endeavor to persevere.")
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To: marktwain
What has not been mearsured is how many people are unwilling to tell a pollster that they own a gun or have one in the house.

Yep - many of us want the bad guys to be unpleasantly surprised....

14 posted on 10/28/2011 6:39:37 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: hadaclueonce

Mine all fell into the lake while I was fishing.


15 posted on 10/28/2011 6:55:28 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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16 posted on 10/28/2011 7:18:10 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: LOC1

Well, considering I had to fill out numerous forms for every weapon I purchased, and I have a concealed carry permit on top of that, I guess they wouldn’t be finding out anything they didn’t already know.


17 posted on 10/28/2011 1:31:24 PM PDT by Pessimist
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To: Pollster1

Anything I ever bought on a form 4473, I lost in a very tragic boat accident. The weapons went down with the skif....all hands (guns) lost to the deep.


18 posted on 10/28/2011 1:33:19 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Red_Devil 232

I, also, gots no weapons here.


19 posted on 10/28/2011 1:34:09 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Pessimist

It depends if they can get the Form 4473s from the individual dealers. They are kept on site, supposed to be in a fireproof file cabinet.

A CCL from Georgia stops the background check so you’re really only exposed to the extent they can browbeat the gun shop.

Additionally, you should be looking to purchasing good weapons in private sales, Craigs List, personals, etc from local papers. Before I lost all my stuff in a tragic boat accident, half of them were private acquisitions.


20 posted on 10/28/2011 1:37:56 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: DarthVader

Indeed...
they understand that we’re not only going to not just “take it”.

They also understand the concept of “reprisal” when their thugs try to impose themselves on us.


21 posted on 10/28/2011 1:39:36 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: ASA Vet

Standing guard with my weapons collection, I was guarding the smaller schools of Crappy from the bigger fish. All of my armory was lost when I tragically shot a hole in my boat trying to get a bead on a fast mover under the boat.....


22 posted on 10/28/2011 1:40:19 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: MrB

There are some great new .223 60 round compact mags from CTD for the odd AR-15....very slim! No thicker than two 30s taped together.... Pricey though...


23 posted on 10/28/2011 1:42:09 PM PDT by Gaffer
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24 posted on 10/28/2011 2:11:38 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: ASA Vet

Any LEO that wants to come looking for the one I sold, should be required to tote an elected official with them.


25 posted on 10/28/2011 6:11:41 PM PDT by hadaclueonce ("Endeavor to persevere.")
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To: marktwain

I wonder what the real numbers are. In Texas it seems to be about 80-85%. I wonder about the rest of the country.

80 million gunowners has been a number that has been used for decades but I think it is really low.


26 posted on 10/29/2011 9:31:01 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: buffaloguy
80 million gunowners has been a number that has been used for decades but I think it is really low.

It is a very difficult number to get a good handle on. All of the estimates are based on polls, which have the problem of many gunowners unwillingness to tell an unknown person if they own guns. Many who own guns are very close mouthed about it, especially in crime-ridden areas. Many people have false ideas of the legality of owning guns, which is unsurprising as the MSM, Hollywood, and book publishers, all dominated by progressives, have pushed the "it must be registered to be legal" meme.

To hazard a SWAG (Scientific, Wild A$$ Guess), I would say about 120 million gun owners in the country, with about 350+ million privately owned firearms. Firearms, once made, are incredibly durable. They are hardly ever destroyed, though it does happen occasionally.

27 posted on 10/29/2011 9:41:19 AM PDT by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: marktwain

I read somewhere that the average life of a gun is 200 years. So there are a lot of them out there.

I think your 120 million may be a low estimate. There has been a really substantial change in people’s attitudes in the last ten years and I suspect that a lot of guns have traded hands through private deals.

Some of the new guns bought reflect the sale of old guns to friends and using the cash to buy a new gun.


28 posted on 10/29/2011 10:29:58 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: buffaloguy
Yes, I sold off most of my private collection during the big gun runup in 2008. I sold as an individual, and while I checked drivers license to insure state residency, I kept no records.

Just the other day, I was looking for some particular features in a .22 rifle, and found out that I had sold one, unknowingly, as part of what I had sold in 2008. It is a sad state of affairs when you can own a gun for several years, sell it, and never have fired it!

29 posted on 10/29/2011 10:38:08 AM PDT by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: marktwain

Wow. I had never thought about not firing a gun that you own.

I am going to the range next week and am working up some experimental rounds, light mass, slow gallery loads. Can’t wait to get out there.


30 posted on 10/29/2011 10:44:31 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: buffaloguy
Wow. I had never thought about not firing a gun that you own.

It is not too hard to do when you have lost track of exactly how many you own, and have not bothered to check the inventory notes....

Then there is the problem of being busy with many different projects and a full time career. Even with a private range, there is just not enough time in the day to do everything that you want.

I expect to retire in a few months, then I may have a bit more time for all the fun stuff. Of course, saving the Republic from the current administration is a very high priority.

31 posted on 10/29/2011 10:50:59 AM PDT by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: buffaloguy
I am going to the range next week and am working up some experimental rounds, light mass, slow gallery loads. Can’t wait to get out there.

I have been interested in that type of load as well. If you have any firearms with barrels longer than 24 inches, I would be curious as to the results that you get with loads that are under 900 fps, especially for relatively light bullets.

32 posted on 10/29/2011 10:58:55 AM PDT by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: marktwain

www.castboolits.com has some threads on it. Apparently a number of .45-70 shooters use a round ball for plinking with light loads such as 6 grns of Unique.

I’ll report back as I will be using a 32 inch barrel and we will see how it goes.


33 posted on 10/29/2011 3:29:18 PM PDT by buffaloguy
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