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U.N.: Nearly 1 Gun for Every American
AP ^ | 7/8/03 | EDITH M. LEDERER

Posted on 07/09/2003 5:23:47 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo

UNITED NATIONS - The United States has by far the largest number of publicly owned firearms in the world and is approaching the point where there is one gun for every American, according to the Small Arms Survey 2003 released Tuesday.

But in surprise findings, the survey found that Europeans are more heavily armed than commonly believed while there are far fewer small arms in Afghanistan (news - web sites) and sub-Saharan Africa than previously estimated.

According to the independent survey, the crackdown on terrorism after Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States "had little effect on the size of the global stockpile of 639 million known small arms."

The survey said its estimate of the global value of small arms production remains unchanged at about $7.4 billion — with the United States and Russia accounting for more than 70 percent of production. The estimate of the legal small arms trade — $4 billion a year — also remains the same, with the European Union (news - web sites) dominating the international export market.

America is now estimated to have between 238 million and 276 million firearms, compared with some 250 million legally owned guns, or 84 for every 100 people recorded in a July 2001 survey.

"By any measure the United States is the most armed country in the world," it said. "With roughly 83 to 96 guns per 100 people, the United States is approaching a statistical level of one gun per person."

The country with the second-highest gun ownership is Yemen, with between 33 and 50 firearms per 100 people, followed by Finland with 39 per 100, the new survey said.

"Contrary to the common assumption that Europeans are virtually unarmed, the 15 countries of the European Union have an estimated 84 million firearms. Of that 67 million (80 percent) are in civilian hands," the survey said. With a total population of 375 million people, this amounts to 17.4 guns for every 100 people.

The survey of global small arms was released on the second day of a weeklong U.N. meeting reviewing progress toward implementing a U.N. program adopted two years ago to combat small arms trafficking. More than 30 researchers contributed to the project, which is coordinated at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and financed by a dozen Western governments.

Peter Batchelor, the survey's project director, said at a news conference that there are still "disappointingly low levels of transparency" about the global arms trade, with only about 20 countries providing annual export reports. Sixty countries are known to be engaged in the legal trade.

"Based on our research, it's clear that the value and the volume of the legal international trade has appeared to decline since the 1990s. This has been led by a dramatic fall in the trade of military weapons, and also certain categories of civilian firearms," he said.

Batchelor said the illicit trade is believed to be worth about $1 billion, or 20 percent of the legal trade.

While small-scale smuggling across borders continues, "the large-scale deals that seemed to be very prominent in the last decade seem to have declined somewhat," he said.

New research is leading to an increasingly balanced, though still incomplete, picture of the distribution of small arms and light weapons, the survey said.

Although it is has been widely reported that Afghanistan has at least 10 million small arms, the survey said, "careful analysis places the total between 500,000 and 1.5 million weapons."

It also said there probably are no more than 30 million firearms among civilians, insurgents and governments of the 44 countries of sub-Saharan Africa.

"This is enough guns to perpetuate fighting in many countries and raise the danger of criminal violence in many others, but it is not enough to render the situation totally beyond hope," the survey said.


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1 posted on 07/09/2003 5:23:47 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo
One gun for every American citizen? One word.......GOOD.
2 posted on 07/09/2003 5:24:57 PM PDT by jeremiah (Sunshine scares all of them, for they all are cockaroaches)
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To: Mr. Mojo
We're evil......EEEEEEEeeeeeeeeevilll!!!!!
3 posted on 07/09/2003 5:25:10 PM PDT by rockfish59
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To: *bang_list
Bang
4 posted on 07/09/2003 5:25:31 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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5 posted on 07/09/2003 5:27:13 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Mr. Mojo
How embarassing, that's not nearly enough.

I hope every freeper has at least:

A brace of handguns

Two battle rifles

A sniper rifle

And a 50 BMG if you can afford it.

6 posted on 07/09/2003 5:27:31 PM PDT by AdamSelene235 (Like all the jolly good fellows, I drink my whiskey clear....)
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To: jeremiah
I wonder who is slipping??
I have 3, an old S$W Model 19 .357 for personal protection, a single shot Marlin .22 for varmits and a very old .22 High Standard pistol for memories.

7 posted on 07/09/2003 5:28:02 PM PDT by 76834
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To: Mr. Mojo
Do we have enough bullets?
8 posted on 07/09/2003 5:28:41 PM PDT by nhoward14
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To: jeremiah
If you beleive the gun control hype, all of us Americans should have been dead long ago.
9 posted on 07/09/2003 5:28:50 PM PDT by XRdsRev
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To: Mr. Mojo
This is UNACCEPTABLE!

16 out of every 100 Americans are BEING DENYED THEIR RIGHTs!

Samefull, we need a government program...
We should give a tax break to the poor disadvantaged gunless...

/humor
10 posted on 07/09/2003 5:29:38 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Mr. Mojo
I would like one of the new plasma laser cannons. (/s)
11 posted on 07/09/2003 5:29:38 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: Mr. Mojo
Only one? Every good home should have at least 2 sheesh. :0D
12 posted on 07/09/2003 5:30:17 PM PDT by texasflatpicker
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To: Mr. Mojo
Hey UN...gotta problem with that? Too bad. So sad.
13 posted on 07/09/2003 5:31:13 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Crashed and Burned, eh gungrabbers?")
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To: Mr. Mojo
The United States has by far the largest number of publicly owned firearms in the world and is approaching the point where there is one gun for every American, according to the Small Arms Survey 2003 released Tuesday.

I think this has something to do with why the idiot Democrats are backing away from gun grabbing as a political selling point.

14 posted on 07/09/2003 5:32:59 PM PDT by VadeRetro
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To: AdamSelene235
what's 'a brace'? Two? Two that match? I bunch? For some reason I think of matching Colt Single Actions in bright nickle (caliber .45 Colt, natch) when I hear the word 'brace'. Patton wore one .45 SAA and a .357 Combat magnum, both with ivory grips. That's a classic 'brace' to me.

While I have a bunch of handguns I am now feeling undergunned 'cause I'm not sure I have a 'brace'.
15 posted on 07/09/2003 5:35:15 PM PDT by Jack Black
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To: Mr. Mojo
The South would like to take this opportunity to thank California, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, DC and any other states that make it difficult to own guns.

We get extras to help keep the average up.
16 posted on 07/09/2003 5:35:40 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
There are lies, damn lies, and statistics.
Is a six inch sawed off double barreled shotgun a "small arm"?
Is a 45 considered a "small arm"?
How and why does the UN think they can guestimate the number of weapons throughout the world and based on what?, weapon registration?
Not that I have a problem with the UN thinking well over 90% of the population of the USA is, in fact, armed.
I am just a little miffed that they think those figures consist of "small arms".
Not that I know anything about guns,at all.
;^)
17 posted on 07/09/2003 5:35:44 PM PDT by sarasmom (Punish France.Ignore Germany.Forgive Russia..)
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To: Mr. Mojo
Most of us have TWO hands, it sounds like we can all use another gun.
18 posted on 07/09/2003 5:35:49 PM PDT by LandofLincoln
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To: Mr. Mojo; msdrby
U.N.: Nearly 1 Gun for Every American

And in a related story,

AMERICA CELEBRATES 227 YEARS OF FREEDOM

19 posted on 07/09/2003 5:35:53 PM PDT by Prof Engineer (I'm a man, But I can change, If I have to, I guess)
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To: texasflatpicker
Only one? Every good home should have at least 2 sheesh. :0D

2, hell, I have more than that in my car.

20 posted on 07/09/2003 5:35:59 PM PDT by AdamSelene235 (Like all the jolly good fellows, I drink my whiskey clear....)
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To: Mr. Mojo
Well, we have what we need but not what we want.
21 posted on 07/09/2003 5:36:14 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Jack Black
You got me thinking, I've got a serious pistol, a SA 357 cowboy revolver, a little BUG in .38 and a couple of others in insignificant caliber.

Then there's long guns..
22 posted on 07/09/2003 5:39:42 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Jack Black
what's 'a brace'? Two?

Yes.

Two that match?

Not neccessarily but its nice to have compatible ammo and mags if possible within a worn brace. Micro Glocks back up full sized Glocks nicely and can use the larger weapon's mag.

Andrew Jackson *always* wore a brace. Shot an asssasin off the balconey of the White House, I recall.

23 posted on 07/09/2003 5:40:17 PM PDT by AdamSelene235 (Like all the jolly good fellows, I drink my whiskey clear....)
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To: rockfish59
We're evil......EEEEEEEeeeeeeeeevilll!!!!!

Someone takes Mermaid Man too seriously. :-)

24 posted on 07/09/2003 5:41:13 PM PDT by Archangelsk (WX either sucks or blows depending on your point of view.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
the largest number of publicly owned firearms

ignorant journalists, sheesh.

It's PRIVATELY owned. Cease attempting to destroy the language.

25 posted on 07/09/2003 5:41:39 PM PDT by RightWhale (gazing at shadows)
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To: Mr. Mojo
They say that like its a *bad* thing.

Oh well. The only good thing about the UN is that they have lately displayed how truly irrelevant they are. So who cares?
26 posted on 07/09/2003 5:42:21 PM PDT by Ramius
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To: AdamSelene235
Andrew Jackson *always* wore a brace. Shot an asssasin off the balconey of the White House, I recall.

Making you somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 years old. Congratulations. :-)

27 posted on 07/09/2003 5:42:58 PM PDT by Archangelsk (WX either sucks or blows depending on your point of view.)
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To: AdamSelene235
How embarassing, that's not nearly enough. I hope every freeper has at least: A brace of handguns

Nope, only a few

Two battle rifles

Don't think so, only an m-1 carbine, an old m-14, an old 30-06 marlin lever action and an old mauser with custom Austrian installed scope 30-30

Finally a Beeman Kodiak cal. 22 pellet rifle that has the varmints around my place hiding......... A sniper rifle Unfortunately no

And a 50 BMG if you can afford it.

Sure can't but if I can ever get my debt manageable, it will be my #1 purchase......

28 posted on 07/09/2003 5:43:08 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Over 30 + years of dealing with stupid people, I still don't have the right to just shoot them.....)
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To: Hot Tabasco
I must shamefully admit that I lack a firearm in my home......at the present time! The misses and I are looking at some nice 9mm's though..........
29 posted on 07/09/2003 5:45:54 PM PDT by dirtbiker (Nuke 'em all! Let God sort 'em out!)
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To: Mr. Mojo
One gun for every American...

That means they'll have one HELL of a time trying to take 'em from US...

Blue Helments = Great Targets!
30 posted on 07/09/2003 5:47:08 PM PDT by Mike the lurker
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To: jeremiah
One gun for every American citizen...

... and a chicken in every pot. God Bless the USA.

31 posted on 07/09/2003 5:48:14 PM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: Mr. Mojo
Dang nab it, that's not nearly enough.

Who's dragging the chain out there? I can't hold up this average all by myself.

(I'm ashamed to say I haven't counted my firearms lately. But the number is high enough that almost anybody from the UN would say I have an "arsenal". As one of the judges in that gun case in Texas said, at least two of the judges on the panel that heard the case have more firearms than some small Central American armies . . . )

32 posted on 07/09/2003 5:49:34 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . there is nothing new under the sun.)
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To: Jack Black
Patton wore one .45 SAA and a .357 Combat magnum

Well, if that's a brace, I guess my S&W 44mag and 41mag would serve. Don't have any matched pairs, but eight handguns. Could always use the S&W M19 and the Ruger Blackhawk as a brace too, would eat the same ammo.

33 posted on 07/09/2003 5:50:12 PM PDT by Cachelot (~ In waters near you ~)
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To: dirtbiker
The misses and I are looking at some nice 9mm's though..........

. . . could I humbly suggest that you take a look at some .45s too? A 1911A1 or variant, or maybe the Sig Sauer. When Colonel Colt speaks . . . people listen. :-D

34 posted on 07/09/2003 5:50:41 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . there is nothing new under the sun.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
We need to work on getting that average up a bit higher!
35 posted on 07/09/2003 5:51:13 PM PDT by Gritty
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To: 76834
I have 4 myself, shotgun, .22 boy scout oldie, .270 rifle and winchester .44........I am thinking I need more. Something with a shorter barrel, .45 I am thinking.
36 posted on 07/09/2003 5:51:46 PM PDT by jeremiah (Sunshine scares all of them, for they all are cockaroaches)
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To: jwalsh07
Well, we have what we need but not what we want.

Want, want, want! Typical greedy, firearm addicted American......... Next thing you will be crying about is the high cost of quality handguns and high calibre (.50 ca.) rifles demanding that the government step in and control the skyrocketing costs of such instruments.(/sarcasm)

Wait a minute, this may be the only govt. contol I would definitely be in favor of.......

37 posted on 07/09/2003 5:52:34 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Over 30 + years of dealing with stupid people, I still don't have the right to just shoot them.....)
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To: All
I read a story that The queen of england carries a small pistol in her purse. I wonder if President GWB (or any pres for that matter) carried a pistol?
38 posted on 07/09/2003 5:53:06 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: AdamSelene235
You have that right.


Eaker

39 posted on 07/09/2003 5:55:40 PM PDT by Eaker (This is OUR country; let's take it back!!!!!)
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To: Mr. Mojo
"By any measure the United States is the most armed country in the world," it said.

So perhaps it would be wise for the rest of the world not to f*** with us.

40 posted on 07/09/2003 5:57:22 PM PDT by michigander
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To: Mr. Mojo
Why in the hell don't they spend that money on feeding hungry little kids around the world instead a stupid survey on how many guns people (Americans) have in thier homes.
Send a couple of "Blue Helmet's" around and see how many you can actually count.
41 posted on 07/09/2003 6:01:00 PM PDT by Pompah
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To: LandofLincoln
"I have two guns, one for each of You"
42 posted on 07/09/2003 6:03:50 PM PDT by ChefKeith (NASCAR...everything else is just a game!)
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To: jwalsh07
AMEN
43 posted on 07/09/2003 6:05:05 PM PDT by dts32041 ("The avalanche has started. It is too late for the pebbles to vote.")
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To: AnAmericanMother
Dang nab it, that's not nearly enough.
Who's dragging the chain out there?


It's me. We don't have any guns. I've never even held a gun. But I've been thinking about learning how to shoot. It seems like a good idea.
44 posted on 07/09/2003 6:10:14 PM PDT by baseballmom
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To: Jack Black
Patton wore one .45 SAA and a .357 Combat magnum, both with ivory grips. That's a classic 'brace' to me.

I think I have a brace then .... paired Ruger Vaqueros (white micarta grips) in 45 Colt and paired Super Redhawks in 454 Casull .... and yes they can be fired single handed ....

Never know ... I might run into TWO really pissed off grizzlies.

45 posted on 07/09/2003 6:10:21 PM 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: AdamSelene235
How embarassing, that's not nearly enough.

I hope every freeper has at least:

"A brace of handguns

Two battle rifles

A sniper rifle

And a 50 BMG if you can afford it."

I feel so inadequate with my 44 magnum, 40 cal hangun and Mini 14 rifle.

46 posted on 07/09/2003 6:11:03 PM PDT by Psycho_Runner (NRA ....need I say more)
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To: Centurion2000
the best thing about being American is right to being better armed than the SWAT teams locally :)
47 posted on 07/09/2003 6:11:10 PM 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: dirtbiker
Go with a 40 cal...a little more punch. A 9mm is actually a 45 set on stun.
48 posted on 07/09/2003 6:13:51 PM PDT by Psycho_Runner (NRA ....need I say more)
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To: Mr. Mojo
America is now estimated to have between 238 million and 276 million firearms, compared with some 250 million legally owned guns,

Let's do the math, first how can there be
250 million legally owned guns if the lower estimate is 238 million.

Conversly if the upper number is correct, then the majority of our laws are written about the 26 million guns which are roughly 9% of the total.( Which may be illegally owned or may violate some statute.)

That 9% of the population holding those guns are the reason
the rest of us have to see OUR rights go up in smoke?

BLOAT
Get a C&R, be a Cruffler, the ATF is arming America!
Psssssssst, Don't tell Finestein.......she doesn't need to know.


49 posted on 07/09/2003 6:14:44 PM PDT by tet68
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To: Mr. Mojo
Guess I'll have to go buy another one. Gotta up them numbers.
50 posted on 07/09/2003 6:15:35 PM PDT by Kevin Curry
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