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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.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; afghanistan; bang; banglist; europeanunion; finland; gunownership; nato; peterbatchelor; secondamendment; un; yemen
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Shot should have been shoot.We live in the central mountains of PA.
81 posted on 07/09/2003 6:49:38 PM PDT by JOHANNES801
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To: taxcontrol
"16 out of every 100 Americans are BEING DENYED THEIR RIGHTs!"

There must a lot more than that, I have 7.
82 posted on 07/09/2003 6:52:40 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: rockfish59
One gun for every American isn't a tragedy. On the contrary, it's a good start.
83 posted on 07/09/2003 6:53:16 PM PDT by Reactionary
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To: jeremiah
One gun for every American citizen? One word.......GOOD.

Good? There are at least 20 unarmed out there just by me alone.

84 posted on 07/09/2003 6:54:55 PM PDT by cinFLA
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To: texasflatpicker
Every good home should have at least 2 sheesh

Watsa sheesh?

85 posted on 07/09/2003 6:58:58 PM PDT by varon
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To: Reactionary
One gun for every American isn't a tragedy. On the contrary, it's a good start.

I hope you are not advocating that I should give away 19 of my guns?

86 posted on 07/09/2003 6:59:43 PM PDT by cinFLA
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To: AnAmericanMother
I wish there were courses geared for men who would like to have better training. I am a fair trap shooter but I would like to improve my marksmanship beyond what I have taught myself on the range and a CCW class.
87 posted on 07/09/2003 7:02:45 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: Southack
Excellent post! Outstanding!
Deserves it's own thread!!!
88 posted on 07/09/2003 7:02:48 PM PDT by tet68
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To: AdamSelene235
Don't forget: at least a forklift pallet worth of ammo for all of them. Preferably, a pallet for each of them
89 posted on 07/09/2003 7:03:07 PM PDT by SauronOfMordor (Java/C++/Unix/Web Developer looking for next gig)
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To: Mr. Mojo
So that is the problem with Africa and Afghanistan.


90 posted on 07/09/2003 7:04:45 PM PDT by marktwain
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Nice area, very nice. People think of PA as Philly and Pittsburg, but there is some beautiful country out that way.

Just a friendly note, be careful about disclosing what you have around here. Even though you're a good American and most of the people on FR are golden, but you never know what kind of creepy bastards are creeping around.

91 posted on 07/09/2003 7:04:55 PM PDT by AAABEST
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To: longtermmemmory
if he doesn't then he really ain't a true texan...don't know any that don't have at least 1 gun withing arm's reach at any given time. and coonasses loves guns lots more than texans do!!!!!!!
92 posted on 07/09/2003 7:07:12 PM PDT by cajun-jack
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To: ought-six
'03 Springfield used to be a dime a dozen but since "Saving Privite Ryan" came out you can expect to pay $400 a copy. I still say its worth it.
93 posted on 07/09/2003 7:09:25 PM PDT by oyez (Does Time-Warner suckorwhat?)
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To: longtermmemmory
"I wish there were courses geared for men who would like to have better training."

Just what kind of training do you have in mind? If you want to be able to shoot an object about the size of a cantalope from a distance of six hundred yards, I suggest that you contact the NRA and inquire about Highpower Matches in your area. Those who participate in these matches would be happy to help you improve your marksmanship.

Semper Fi

94 posted on 07/09/2003 7:09:54 PM PDT by An Old Man (USMC 1956 1960)
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To: 76834
so old in fact that when I was going to high school they didnt teach history, didnt have any yet.........

LOL! You must be a little bit older than I, they were starting to MAKE it when I came along, but it was all so new we called it "Current Events".

Seriously, I nearly died when my daughter came home and informed me that her history class was doing a "unit" on the Sixties. I never throw anything away, so for the day they did their presentations I got out my old hand-embroidered bell-bottom jeans (they fit her perfectly!), my dashiki, my Indian beaded headband, my coffee saucer sized peace medal, my cheap silver bangle bracelets, my fringed leather shoulder bag, and my Birkenstocks. We parted her long hair down the middle and braided it. Then we took her picture.

She was voted "most authentic" in her class. She was a SIGHT! (I can't believe I ever really wore that stuff. . . )

95 posted on 07/09/2003 7:14:47 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . there is nothing new under the sun.)
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To: *bang_list; AnnaZ; Mercuria; pro2A Mom; Dan from Michigan; lowbridge; Jeff Head
96 posted on 07/09/2003 7:16:25 PM PDT by DaveCooper
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To: Mr. Mojo
Sorry kids...I'm not doing my part. . No weapons allowed in this matter how much I's a divorcable offense. I even offered to pay for an Eddie Eagle type dice.

Just to be SURE there is a weapon for every American, one should come with every SSN.
97 posted on 07/09/2003 7:19:39 PM PDT by stylin19a (is it vietnam yet ?)
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To: AnAmericanMother
Fiddle Dee Dee! That .30-'06 has a bit more recoil than the .303 or .308 With all the machinery going back and forth, an M-1 actually has less felt recoil. On top of which, even the military is taking a second look at the 5.56mm. Not enough legs.
98 posted on 07/09/2003 7:19:42 PM PDT by jonascord (To Robert Service, with respect)
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To: longtermmemmory
If you can make it to N VA, I would help you for a day on the range.
99 posted on 07/09/2003 7:28:37 PM PDT by patton (I wish we could all look at the evil of abortion with the pure, honest heart of a child.)
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To: Dan from Michigan
Hey Dan! Well, you of all persons should know that north of the bridge the figure is more like 20 guns per person. That's right ATF, I got 10 times the average right here in my home, and I'm on the low side of the median.

Kinda explains the low crime rate in the UP, don't it?

100 posted on 07/09/2003 7:42:17 PM PDT by yooper
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