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AMERICANS OWN LARGEST NUMBER OF FIREARMS IN WORLD
DeutschePresse via Bloomberg no url | 7/8/3

Posted on 07/08/2003 10:42:28 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker

New York (dpa) - A study released Tuesday on legal gun ownership

worldwide shows the United States - not surprisingly - leads the

world, but it also shows that Europeans own a high number of firearms. 

   The number of guns owned by civilians in the United States is

between 238 million and 276 million, making country of 268 million

people the most armed in the world, the study by the Graduate

Institute of International Studies in Geneva said. 

   But it also said the 15 European Union nations, with more than 300

million people, have a total of 84 million firearms, with Finland

leading in per capita gun ownership. 

   The study was presented to a 156-nation conference at U.N.

headquarters on progress made in banning the illicit trade of small

and light weapons around the world, which killed an estimated 500,000

people a year. Those weapons are military sidearms, assault rifles,

rifles, sub-machine and machine guns and grenade launchers. 

   The Swiss study focused on legal gun ownership among ordinary

citizens, excluding military personnel and police officers. It said

what the study revealed about Europe debunked the belief that

Europeans are disarmed and do not privately hold a large stock of

guns. 

   It said 80 per cent of the estimated 84 million firearms in Europe

are in civilian hands, with Finland leading with 39 guns for every 100

citizens, followed by Norway with 36 guns, Sweden with 24 guns and

Denmark with 18 guns. 

   But the United States, which the study estimates has between 83 and

96 guns for every 100 people, still has far more guns per person than

Europe, where the survey estimates there are 17.4 guns for every 100

people. 

   The study said Americans are most armed in the world, followed by

Finns and Yememis. 

   The National Rifle Association, the leading U.S. group representing

gun owners, says there are more than 200 million privately owned

firearms in the United States. These guns are owned by about 60

million people, NRA statistics posted at the 4-million-member

organization's website say.

   The Swiss group was among the nongovernmental organizations that

were taking part in the conference to review implementation of the

2-year-old U.N. agreement to ban the illegal trade of small and light

weapons. There are an estimated 600 million such weapons around the

world, both legally and illegally owned. 

   The U.N. has denounced the lucrative illegal trade of small arms

for fueling civil wars, threatening peace efforts and development

projects in poor countries. 

   When the week-long conference opened Monday, the research group,

the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), said little

progress had been made to implement the ban. It said only 37 of the

156 governments have set up national committees in the past two years

to coordinate action against small arms, and 56 have submitted

progress reports to the U.N. on implementing the ban. 

   Progress has been ''particularly slow'' in countries in North

Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia, it said.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: bang; banglist; guns
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1 posted on 07/08/2003 10:42:28 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker
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To: NativeNewYorker
WE'RE NUMBER 1! WE'RE NUMBER 1! WE'RE NUMBER 1! WE'RE NUMBER 1!
2 posted on 07/08/2003 10:44:23 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: NativeNewYorker
WE'RE # 1!
WE'RE # 1!
WE'RE # 1!
WE'RE # 1!
WE'RE # 1!

3 posted on 07/08/2003 10:44:45 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (The Preview button is for wimps!)
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To: All
A Recall AND a Fundraiser? I'm toast.
Let's get this over with FAST. Please contribute!

4 posted on 07/08/2003 10:44:46 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: AppyPappy
Great minds....
5 posted on 07/08/2003 10:46:04 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (The Preview button is for wimps!)
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To: NativeNewYorker
"AMERICANS OWN LARGEST NUMBER OF FIREARMS IN WORLD"

Good.

6 posted on 07/08/2003 10:48:23 AM PDT by The Shootist
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To: NativeNewYorker
"AMERICANS OWN LARGEST NUMBER OF FIREARMS IN WORLD"

And, to the UN ...

Don't you forget it!

7 posted on 07/08/2003 10:49:36 AM PDT by BlueLancer (Der Elite Møøsenspåånkængruppen ØberKømmååndø (EMØØK))
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"Behind every blade of grass...."
8 posted on 07/08/2003 10:53:35 AM PDT by Michael Barnes
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To: AppyPappy
Great news.
9 posted on 07/08/2003 10:54:22 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: NativeNewYorker
YES!! And we AIM to keep it that way!

FMCDH!

FMCDH

10 posted on 07/08/2003 10:54:47 AM PDT by nothingnew (the pendulum swings and the libs are in the pit)
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To: NativeNewYorker
Thank God for that.

BTW, I don't see anyone cracking on Finland for their relatively high precentage of gunowners.

11 posted on 07/08/2003 10:55:07 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: BlueLancer
I would bet that Texans are the most well armed in the U.S.
12 posted on 07/08/2003 10:55:16 AM PDT by ChefKeith (NASCAR...everything else is just a game!)
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To: jospehm20
In other news, the sky is blue.
13 posted on 07/08/2003 10:55:19 AM PDT by toothless (I AM A MAN)
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To: NativeNewYorker
This is good news. But we can do better!
14 posted on 07/08/2003 10:55:38 AM PDT by 1Old Pro (The Dems are self-destructing before our eyes, How Great is That !)
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To: NativeNewYorker
It said 80 per cent of the estimated 84 million firearms in Europe are in civilian hands, with Finland leading with 39 guns for every 100 citizens, followed by Norway with 36 guns, Sweden with 24 guns and Denmark with 18 guns.

Someone please explain this. Convient too that they left out UNREGISTERED guns. The #'s would be alot closer if they included the armories of the criminal element.

15 posted on 07/08/2003 10:56:41 AM PDT by KantianBurke (The Federal govt should be protecting us from terrorists, not handing out goodies)
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To: nothingnew
Gotta like it !
16 posted on 07/08/2003 10:56:51 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: glock rocks; Travis McGee; NormsRevenge
FYI PING
17 posted on 07/08/2003 10:57:01 AM PDT by ChefKeith (NASCAR...everything else is just a game!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
You can never have enough guns.

18 posted on 07/08/2003 10:57:48 AM PDT by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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To: NativeNewYorker
implementation of the 2-year-old U.N. agreement to ban the illegal trade of small and light weapons

So, they want to ban something that is already banned?

19 posted on 07/08/2003 10:58:27 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: toothless
Looks kinda grey from where I am sitting.
20 posted on 07/08/2003 10:59:38 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: NativeNewYorker
Im guessing that is a very intimidating fact for governments like Cuba and Canada from invading..hahaha
21 posted on 07/08/2003 11:01:02 AM PDT by smith288 (We are but a moon, reflecting the light of the Son.)
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To: BlueLancer
And among them are at least 100,000 fully automatic machine guns.
22 posted on 07/08/2003 11:01:33 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: NativeNewYorker
I wonder what happened to Switzerland. They did an AFN special on the gun business in Switzerlan while I was stationed in Germany. They said that the Swiss are the most heavily armed people in Europe. Every guy is drafted into the Army and than has to keep his service rifle at home for the rest of their life. It is also very easy for a citizen in good standing to buy a gun there.
23 posted on 07/08/2003 11:03:52 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: NativeNewYorker
Molon labe baby!
24 posted on 07/08/2003 11:04:38 AM PDT by Ham Hock
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To: NativeNewYorker
Buy more!
25 posted on 07/08/2003 11:05:06 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: NativeNewYorker
AMERICANS OWN LARGEST NUMBER OF FIREARMS IN WORLD

And in a related story

AMERICA CELEBRATES 227 YEARS OF FREEDOM

26 posted on 07/08/2003 11:05:19 AM PDT by Prof Engineer (I'm a man, But I can change, If I have to, I guess)
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To: smith288
Im guessing that is a very intimidating fact for governments like Cuba and Canada from invading..hahaha

Don't laugh about Canada.

:)

27 posted on 07/08/2003 11:06:21 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: ChefKeith
On behalf of my fellow Texans, thanks for recognising Texas as #1 in firearms ownership.
28 posted on 07/08/2003 11:13:32 AM PDT by TEXASPROUD
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To: ChefKeith
I would bet that Texans are the most well armed in the U.S.

I have heard that there is an average of 2 per adult down here. We have 21 million citizens, and you have to figure that 2/3 or 14 million are adults...28 million! We're well prepared to defend the Alamo this time.

29 posted on 07/08/2003 11:18:25 AM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: NativeNewYorker
And if diehard liberal like Stephen Spielberg would pass out their guns, we would more than double our superiority.
30 posted on 07/08/2003 11:18:50 AM PDT by Redwood71
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To: Prof Engineer
AMERICANS OWN LARGEST NUMBER OF FIREARMS IN WORLD

And in a related story ... AMERICA CELEBRATES 227 YEARS OF FREEDOM

This can't be repeated often enough.

31 posted on 07/08/2003 11:20:44 AM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: Ancesthntr
"I have heard that there is an average of 2 per adult down here."

Well, my wife and I are doing our part ... we've exceeded that average by 100%: small concealable pistol, heavier pistol, shotgun, and rifle each ...

32 posted on 07/08/2003 11:22:14 AM PDT by BlueLancer (Der Elite Møøsenspåånkængruppen ØberKømmååndø (EMØØK))
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To: Ancesthntr
I have heard that there is an average of 2 per adult down here.

Sounds a little low ... at least in my household.

33 posted on 07/08/2003 11:27:04 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (We are crushing our enemies, seeing him driven before us and hearing the lamentations of the liberal)
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To: Ancesthntr
The last I heard was after the fedscum burned down the Davidian Compound and if I recall it was something like 17.4 firearms per adult here in Texas.

I know people who have more than that.

34 posted on 07/08/2003 11:27:09 AM PDT by ChefKeith (NASCAR...everything else is just a game!)
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To: jospehm20
And that is a Full-Auto rifle required in every household for the defense of the country.
35 posted on 07/08/2003 11:28:26 AM PDT by ChefKeith (NASCAR...everything else is just a game!)
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To: 1Old Pro
This is good news. But we can do better!

You betcha. Six months ago, the day I moved from New York to NC, I bought a Browning .380 and a Taurus .17HMR.

36 posted on 07/08/2003 11:30:21 AM PDT by Cobra64
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To: ARCADIA
You can never have enough guns.

Don't forget the bullets!

No good coming home to an empty gun! < /monty python screeching british accent >

37 posted on 07/08/2003 11:31:30 AM PDT by ChefKeith (NASCAR...everything else is just a game!)
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To: ARCADIA
You can never have enough guns.

BANG

38 posted on 07/08/2003 11:31:52 AM PDT by Cobra64
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To: TEXASPROUD
No problem

I live here too

39 posted on 07/08/2003 11:33:35 AM PDT by ChefKeith (NASCAR...everything else is just a game!)
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To: TEXASPROUD
Prayers done for the son.

Heard from Him lately?

Where are You at?

40 posted on 07/08/2003 11:35:49 AM PDT by ChefKeith (NASCAR...everything else is just a game!)
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To: Centurion2000
I have heard that there is an average of 2 per adult down here. Sounds a little low ... at least in my household.

Yup. 4 pistols, 2 revolvers, 4 rifles, and 6 shotguns are in my inventory. I also reload all calibers and gages except a .22 and .17 HMR. Messers Browning, Charles Daly, Colt, Smith, and Wesson are my friends.

41 posted on 07/08/2003 11:39:39 AM PDT by Cobra64
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42 posted on 07/08/2003 11:40:08 AM PDT by Redcloak (All work and no FReep makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no FReep make s Jack a dul boy. Allwork an)
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To: KantianBurke
I bet they overlooked the weapons caches in Eurabian Mosques. Once muslim, always muslim. See 'Mein Koran' and 'Haddith' for battle plan.

The population count of 268 million in USA excluded the 10-20 million criminal aliens believed to have invaded us. The latest 2003 "estimated" census data discussed is 280-290 million. Not all are just mowing yards, rearing NO LONGER DINKS' children, cooking restaurant food, and waiting in our hospitals' emergency and delivery rooms.

We may not be #1 (per capita) after all, so get out there today and buy a Homeland Security arm, a true PATRIOT's act. Don't forget the 1,000 round rule.

Don't be caught a half inch short. Get that .50 cal. you've wanted.
43 posted on 07/08/2003 11:41:21 AM PDT by SevenDaysInMay (Federal judges and justices serve for periods of good behavior, not life. Article III sec. 1)
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To: NativeNewYorker
Progress has been ''particularly slow'' in countries in North Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia, it said.

Why didn't the report mention that progress has been particularly slow in the United States? Has our Government signed up with the UN to disarm the people of the United States? Our politicians seem to sign up for whatever the UN wants. I would have to assume that Schumer and Feinstein have signed our country up, but are trying to keep it a secret.

44 posted on 07/08/2003 11:42:21 AM PDT by nygoose
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To: ChefKeith
Don't forget the bullets!

I think you mean "cartridges."

45 posted on 07/08/2003 11:43:01 AM PDT by Cobra64
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To: *bang_list
U - S - A!

U - S - A!

U - S - A!

U - S - A!


46 posted on 07/08/2003 11:48:09 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed
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To: jospehm20
The study is on civilian OWNED firearms not government issued firearms as the Swiss have. To be clear here, the Swiss also allow private ownership of firearms. As I understand it, the issued rifle becomes their private firearm after they reach a certain age. I think it was somewhere in the late 40s.
47 posted on 07/08/2003 11:54:17 AM PDT by SirFishalot
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To: NativeNewYorker
the 2-year-old U.N. agreement to ban the illegal trade of small and light weapons.

Might as well try to ban the wind.

Such weapons are easily manufactured- there are villages in Pakistan that can create a well-made duplicate of almost any weapon you bring them, without the use of modern machine tools.

There are an estimated 600 million such weapons around the world, both legally and illegally owned.

Illegally according to whom?

What they especially don't want to own up to is the fact that virtually all of these deaths they're talking about are caused by governments and those acting as agents of governments, and not by plain old civilians.

48 posted on 07/08/2003 11:59:44 AM PDT by George Smiley (Is the RKBA still a right if you have to get the government's permission before you can exercise it?)
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To: NativeNewYorker
And that includes Fat Rosie!!
49 posted on 07/08/2003 12:03:30 PM PDT by rockfish59
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To: NativeNewYorker
Two of 'em are mine!
50 posted on 07/08/2003 12:03:54 PM PDT by get'emall
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