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HOW MANY U.S. ADULTS HAVE HOW MANY GUNS?
gunsandcrime.org ^ | 22 april, 2009 | NA

Posted on 08/03/2012 3:49:05 PM PDT by marktwain

This seems like a question for which the answer wouldn't matter much. Why should we care? But, sometimes things turn out to be more important than we can imagine. As will be explained later on this topic and in others at the site and to be added to it, this matter of determining how many of us own guns turns out to be one that is vitally important, not so much because of the number itself but because of the important facts that the quest brings out.

THE NUMBER OF GUNS

Nobody knows precisely how many guns there are in the U.S. The only way to know with accuracy would be for the government to perform a surprise raid on every household simultaneously and to also search all buildings and likely hiding places at the same time.

Why not just keep track of how many are sold?

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) does keep track of guns manufactured and sold by established companies for nonmilitary sales. It even knows how many are legally imported and exported each year. It doesn't know how many are made by individuals each year, but the number of these would be very small compared to the annual domestic production and net legal importation.

The BATF doesn't know how many are imported or exported illegally each year or how many were brought into the country by soldiers returning from wars. It is improbable that many guns would be illegally imported each year since it would only be guns that are illegal to sell or possess in the U.S. (since legal types are readily obtained from domestic production). Export enforcement and the records that have to be kept on U.S. production and sales limit illegal exports to small amounts.

For the years 1980 through 1993, 16.2 million civilian guns were imported, and 4.6 million were exported, according to the BATF. The net for import and export, then, is about 11.6 million imported. This compares to 57.0 million production for civilian use over the same period. Hence, the net of civilian guns made available for use is about 68.6 million guns over a 14 year period, for an average of 4.9 million guns per year.

Nobody knows how many guns wear out and are discarded/destroyed each year, mostly by police agencies, but it is a very small number. Unless a gun is shot a great deal, like in regular practice or competition, it will last 50 years or more with decent care.

It also is not known how many guns are destroyed by authorities after being seized. In 1995 there were, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR), about one-half million crimes committed by people with guns. Criminals typically do several crimes for each time they are caught. Someone was arrested for closely 45 percent of the 1995 violent crimes according to the UCR. When the criminals are caught, the weapons in their possession, and sometimes some that aren't, are seized. A huge portion of seized guns are destroyed by the authorities. So, maybe 100,000 guns per year are destroyed as a result of criminals being apprehended.

And, the BATF received about 85,000 requests for gun traces in 1994, which was up from preceding years because of increased nationwide commitment to having all seized guns traced. Yet, there are probably a large portion of gun crimes for which no traces are requested. So, the preceding estimate of 100,000 guns destroyed per year by authorities is consistent with the number of gun trace requests per year.

The number of guns destroyed by authorities each year is therefore also small compared to the 4.9 million guns per year, and would reduce the number of guns that enter the population to about 4.8 million per year. The result is not much affected even if the number destroyed per year is assumed to be as high as one million.

If we knew how many guns were in the population at a given time, we could use the number per year to determine the approximate number at any other time. Unfortunately, knowing the number in the population at a given time doesn't tell us how many people own guns at the time. This is because nobody knows the average number of guns possessed by the people who have guns.

NUMBER OF GUN OWNERS

So, why not just ask people how many guns they have, or ask them if they own a gun?

Someone does ask people something like whether or not they own a gun. Several organizations have done so for several years, with varying results. One of the main ones is the Gallup organization. Its survey question is not really about ownership or possession. They ask whether or not the person has a gun in their home. It is likely that some people who own guns would honestly answer "no" simply because they don't keep their gun(s) in the "home," but the number of responses should be relatively small since few people keep their guns in places other than their homes (and because many people would think they were being asked about ownership even if they weren't, strictly speaking).

The Bureau of Justice Statistics Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics lists results of 14 Gallup surveys from 1959 through 1997. The results were as follows, including the '95 entry from another source. The sampling error of these surveys is generally just 1 or 2 percent (not percent of the percentages).

YEAR 59 65 68 72 75 80 83 85 89 90 91 MAR93 OCT93 95 96 97

%YES 49 48 50 43 44 45 40 44 47 47 46 ___48__ __51__ 35 38 42

Note that, at several points (years), the percentage of the people saying they had a gun in the home abruptly drops several percentage points then gradually rises until the next abrupt drop. Exactly where the abrupt drops occur cannot be seen from the data because the data does not exist for every year. So, we can't tell if the drop apparent at 1972 occurred in 1969, 1970, 1971 or 1972. But, it is apparent that an abrupt drop occurred sometime in that period, and that others occurred between 1980 and 1983, and between 1993 and 1995.

Why would such abrupt drops occur in view of the fact that the net insertion of guns into the population is relatively stable from year to year? If one (1)takes the numbers of guns actually inserted into the population each year, (2)assumes that these result in some plausible proportion of new owners, and (3)uses the actual adult populations over the years, the percentage of adults found to possess guns does not exhibit such abrupt drops. The plausible means for increasing and decreasing the supply of guns cannot explain the year-to-year changes found by the surveys!

In fact, assuming that the contribution of new guns results in one fourth to one third of that population of new gun owners (i.e., 3 to 4 new guns for each new owner) results in a percentage that remains relatively constant. Note that the 1994 National Survey on Private Ownership (and use) of Firearms (NSPOF) conducted by Chilton Research Services (ultimately for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) National Institute of Justice (NIJ)) found that there was (reported) very closely four guns per gun owner.

If the 1968 survey result of 50 percent in the preceding table is assumed to be correct, the percentage remains very near 50 percent for the remainder of the years of the table with an assumed 3 to 4 guns per owner. This is a much more plausible long-term variation than the one given us by the Gallup (and other) surveys.

SURVEY VALIDITY

What could have caused the abrupt drops in the survey results? In 1968 Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. were killed with guns and the federal government passed the gun control act of 1968. In 1980 John Lennon was killed with a gun and, in 1981, President Reagan was shot. In 1991 there was a massacre in a Killeen, Texas Luby's Restaurant and, in late 1993, there was an armed rampage on the Long Island Railroad. These and similar highly publicized events caused the federal government to pass a high visibility law that, among other things, banned so-called "semiautomatic assault weapons," (guns that look like true military weapons) in 1994.

What do these have to do with the abrupt drops? We suggest that many more people than normal, in times when gun owners were being subjected to public opinion assault, gave false answers when asked about their having guns. The positive response rates would go up gradually after the initial reactions as the events that caused the reactions faded in the public memory.

It is interesting to note that surveys of gun ownership in Canada showed an abrupt 26 percent drop in 1991, the year their major gun control law C-17 passed. Over the next two years the percent of households admitting gun ownership returned to the 30 percent vicinity where it stayed for four years until ('95) it again abruptly dropped 23 percent when their gun registration law (C-68) passed. Upon passing this last law, the government immediately spoke of going for something even more extreme. The admitted ownership rate didn't return to normal. In '97 the admitted ownership rate dropped another 30 percent. Canada's true gun possession rates have not actually declined anything like these admitted rates would mean.

One reason for the abrupt drops would be embarrassment. Another would be gun owners' suspicions that some government agency might some day show up at their doors to arrest gun owners or confiscate guns. Even though the survey might be performed by a private organization, who is to say that such organization might not be doing their work for the government, or might voluntarily provide information to a government agency, especially if the organization is doing the survey for the government or with government funding? The fact that the survey is done by telephone does not mean that someone could not determine the address of the respondent.

If the abrupt drops result from people giving false answers in times of stress, how many false answers might there be all the time? Some people would be embarrassed or suspicious all the time rather than only after triggering events.

In their report on their 1993 survey about defensive gun uses (DGUs), Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz point out something significant about accuracy of surveys. Their interviewers reported that, after asking if the interviewed person had ever used a gun to defend against another person, there was sometimes a long pause followed by a suspicious sounding response like "Who wants to know?" or "Why do you want to know?" then an answer of "no." They also found that an interviewed person would seldom admit to a DGU by a member in their household other than themselves, even though later interviewing of the other members of the household resulted in the person actually involved admitting it.

The point of these observations is that people asked a question in a survey may not answer truthfully, especially if the answer is about possibly illegal or embarrassing acts, especially if the question is posed by or for a government agency, and especially if the acts are acts of others the person cares about. And, the bias is not necessarily always in the same direction. For example, people asked about having a gun in the home and locking it or storing it might purposely respond in a way to make it appear that large numbers of people keep guns in a condition that would increase child deaths/injuries (in case the surveyor might be a criminal "casing" the household).

What can we know about gun prevalence in the U.S. if the surveys say it varies between 38 and 50 percent of adults although it doesn't really vary nearly this much? This amount of variation, which appears to be event driven rather than relatively continuous, is indicative of 20% under-reporting (lying) by survey respondents. There is no telling how much additional under-reporting occurs always. It is very likely that the continuing error could be as much as the event-driven errors. Estimates made at the time of a 20% under-reporting would have to be increased by 25% to compensate.

To be sure, we have not absolutely proven that a large portion of people deny their gun ownership. Such proof would be impossible without gestapo searches of survey respondent's homes. But the logic of the explanation and the lack of any other reasonable explanation should be proof enough for people with open minds and some sense.

SUMMARY

The final conclusion, then, as to what portion of U.S. adults own guns is that nobody knows—although it is probable that the proportion is about one half and remains fairly stable over time. More importantly, however, is the fact that surveys cannot be trusted as being accurate, particularly when the survey is about possibly illegal or questionable acts or some topic that is controversial or could have controversial public policy ramifications. In other words, if the answer really matters, any answer obtained through survey is highly suspect.

Those who do surveys seem oblivious to the certainty that there will be false answers to surveys about guns or any other controversial topic. In the 1994 NSPOF study, for example, the principals/authors concluded (based on a telephone survey for a government agency) that only 25% of adults (35 +/- 1.3 percent of households) own guns, that some other recent surveys have had similar low results, and that "conventional wisdom" (about 50% ownership) therefore "appears out of date."

Medical people who have started doing research in attempts to discredit guns are just as stupid about the concept. The ones who recently did the "studies" that supposedly prove that a gun in the home increases the risk of homicide by 3 times and the risk of suicide by 5 times, in an attempt to claim that their survey method was valid, said "a pilot study of homes listed as the addresses of owners of registered handguns confirmed that respondents' answers to questions about gun ownership were generally valid."

In that pilot study, only 41.3% of the registered owners actually admitted to gun ownership. The reason that the figure was so low is that a 26.7% of the owners had given "erroneous" addresses (probably to confound the bureaucrats who wanted the handguns registered) and another equal percentage refused to cooperate with the survey.

Of those who did admit to owning a handgun, there was hardly anything else they could do since it was already a matter of official record that they did own a handgun! The difference between this situation and one in which random people are asked about gun ownership or possession would be obvious to anyone but a gun control advocate blinded by emotion.

People who talk about the surveys but don't actually do surveys are even worse. For example, surveys in which kids say they have guns or carry guns or can get guns easily are referenced by people who say that the surveys prove that kids do have guns, carry guns or can get them. The idea that what is actually known is only what people said is totally lost.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist; gunowners; guns; us
I added the underlining in the table to make the spacing more readable in this format. The percentage for March of 1993 is 48 percent, the percentage for October 1993 is 51 percent, which lines up with the buying spree prior to the "assault weapon" ban in 1994 and the Brady bill the same year.

The article shows interesting figures that the number of respondents to survey questions about guns tends to drop when "Gun Confiscation" is being discussed. Not a surprise here, but interesting figures.

1 posted on 08/03/2012 3:49:10 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

If we told them, it would spoil the surprise.


2 posted on 08/03/2012 3:51:34 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: tacticalogic

“If we told them, it would spoil the surprise.”

Lost all mine...boating accident..open water...deep trench...still haven’t gotten over it...will never be replaced...must sign off now..


3 posted on 08/03/2012 3:55:05 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Racism is not dead...it is on life support - kept alive by politicians..." - Thomas Sowell)
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To: marktwain

My answer:

“Nunya Bidness”


4 posted on 08/03/2012 3:55:16 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: tacticalogic

My answer is, “enough” guns, my problems, as always is do I have enough ammunition?


5 posted on 08/03/2012 3:55:46 PM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: tacticalogic

Now that’s funny.


6 posted on 08/03/2012 3:57:45 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: jessduntno

Gee, same thing happened to me. What a coincidence. ;-)


7 posted on 08/03/2012 3:58:34 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will NEVER get my vote.)
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To: dynachrome

Good answer.


8 posted on 08/03/2012 4:00:40 PM PDT by Internet Walnut
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To: marktwain

And how many are lost in tragic boating accidents but never reported due to the embarrassment of the owners.


9 posted on 08/03/2012 4:01:54 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: marktwain; Eaker; TheMom; Allegra

Well, there are a few folks who know where some of the tactical stashes are.

Amazingly, these are the same folks I’d hope to use said stashes in defense of the property.

But no, the total number of guns in the house?

I’m not even too clear on that one.


10 posted on 08/03/2012 4:06:34 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: tacticalogic
If we told them, it would spoil the surprise.

ROFL! I love that answer. I'm going to say it out loud a few dozen times so that I never forget what to say if I'm asked how many weapons I own.

11 posted on 08/03/2012 4:06:34 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: jessduntno

Lost mine in a bizarre gardening accident.


12 posted on 08/03/2012 4:06:41 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: doc1019

Mine too! Just sigh!

Gunner


13 posted on 08/03/2012 4:08:19 PM PDT by weps4ret (Republicans are suffering from Testicular Atrophy!!!)
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To: tacticalogic

Perfect!


14 posted on 08/03/2012 4:09:07 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Legalize Freedom!!)
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To: marktwain
HOW MANY U.S. ADULTS HAVE HOW MANY GUNS?

How about none of your damned business?

Not to you M.T...

15 posted on 08/03/2012 4:12:43 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Vote Obama he's unqualified on so many subjects, citizenship, history, economics, racism, allies...)
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To: tacticalogic

Count the blades of grass and you’ll get your answer. Any WWII buff could have told you that.


16 posted on 08/03/2012 4:18:18 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: jessduntno

How many guns are there in the country? A whole buttload. Behind every blade there will be a gun


17 posted on 08/03/2012 4:30:21 PM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: jessduntno

How many guns are there in the country? A whole buttload. Behind every blade there will be a gun


18 posted on 08/03/2012 4:30:21 PM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: marktwain
USA Gun Owners Buy 14 Million Plus Guns In 2009 – More Than 21x the Worlds Standing Armies Combined

Free Americans Buy 10,800,000+ Guns in 2011 ~ Message: Don’t F-with USA

19 posted on 08/03/2012 4:31:18 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: marktwain
Out of the blue last week, I got a telephone call from the Washington Post conducting a survey on matters of politics and government policy. It was a very extensive survey. I estimate there were 50 questions and we talked on the phone for nearly 30 minutes.

I answered all of the WaPo questions truthfully, but I refused to discuss two topics. One topic was my family's income and the second topic was, you guessed it, the number and type of guns in our home.

I frequently post on a well-known gun forum on the Internet, but I don't describe all the firearms I own or the ammo I stockpile. I never post any pictures of the firearms I own. The Internet is forever, and I don't want the Government to know the weapons I own and where they are stored. It's sad that we can't trust our leaders, but that's the world we live in today, especially with creeps like Eric Holder at the DOJ and Obama in the White House.

20 posted on 08/03/2012 4:41:34 PM PDT by Unmarked Package
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To: marktwain
Do they count these as 0, 1 or .8?

21 posted on 08/03/2012 4:42:21 PM PDT by atomic_dog
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To: doc1019

Humm

ME TOO!

Must be something—in the water


22 posted on 08/03/2012 4:43:18 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: humblegunner

Not enough and too many to keep track of.


23 posted on 08/03/2012 4:51:17 PM PDT by Eaker (When somebody hands you your arse, don't give it back saying "This needs a little more tenderizing.")
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To: DTogo
I got misty reading the first chart.


24 posted on 08/03/2012 4:53:23 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Steve Newton

Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you view such things, the only guns on my boat that day were those not registered. Glad this accident happened before I went to all the trouble of registering them.


25 posted on 08/03/2012 4:57:15 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will NEVER get my vote.)
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To: humblegunner
The only way to know with accuracy would be for the government to perform a surprise raid on every household simultaneously and to also search all buildings and likely hiding places at the same time.

LOL!

If one government agent is sent to each home then 100+ million jackbooted thugs die in one night!

26 posted on 08/03/2012 5:00:23 PM PDT by Eaker (When somebody hands you your arse, don't give it back saying "This needs a little more tenderizing.")
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To: marktwain
Is Your Neighbor a Democrat? Obama Has an App for That

Easy enough to find out now.

27 posted on 08/03/2012 5:05:52 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Eaker
raid on every household simultaneously and to also search all buildings and likely hiding places at the same time.

BWAAAHAAHAAHAAHAAAAA!

Someone has failed at cost-per-unit calculations.

That's all I got to say about that.

28 posted on 08/03/2012 5:06:51 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: Covenantor; All

Wonderful chart.

Add at least another 15 million for 2010, 2011, and 2012.

That would bring the total NICS checks to over 125 million since it was instituted in 1998. But, the people who believe they can lie their way out of reality insist that the number of gun owners in the country is dropping.


29 posted on 08/03/2012 5:09:12 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Only a few people (family) actually know how many I have. When asked, I usually respond that I have enough to knock off a small 3rd World country, like Russia!


30 posted on 08/03/2012 5:12:40 PM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: tacticalogic

“If we told them, it would spoil the surprise.”

I like the way you think.


31 posted on 08/03/2012 5:20:06 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans. Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: marktwain; DTogo

Props to DTogo, I just posted the graphic of his link.

Irony that it comes from the Ammoland site.


32 posted on 08/03/2012 5:22:49 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: marktwain

Guess a lot of this depends on what your definition of “gun” is:

This is my rifle, this is my gun.
This is for fighting, this is for fun...!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kU0XCVey_U


33 posted on 08/03/2012 5:35:18 PM PDT by Tommygun99 (Liberalism is a mental disorder.)
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To: Covenantor

The number from that chart is a flawed number. A buyer at a gun shop or an auction can buy unlimited long guns and the #4473 form is only counted as 1 background check. And a 4473 doesn’t cover black powder firearms.


34 posted on 08/03/2012 5:41:53 PM PDT by conservativesister
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To: marktwain

I know a lot of people, myself included, who never buy a gun from a dealer or event that requires a background check or other government form. Rather, they buy guns from other gun owners.

Private sales do not need the eyes of the nanny state peering over their shoulders.

My state is not concerned with registering peoples’ firearms, and we’d vote out anyone suggesting it in a heartbeat. It is simply not going to happen. If my doctor ever asks any of his patients if they own guns, it would be only to see if he could make a trade!

I will never admit to either owning or not owning guns.

My weakness might be me braggin’ on a particularly fine piece, and the boom noises occasionally coming from my back forty.


35 posted on 08/03/2012 5:49:00 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: jessduntno

Must be contagious! I had the same thing happen to my guns.


36 posted on 08/03/2012 5:56:23 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: marktwain

If one were to be a CCW, then it would be wise to have 2 dedicated to that purpose, and here’s why: the cops will want the one (hopefully never) used in an act of self-defense - which you will never see again. If you have 2, then you can go on.

If one were the ‘home defense’ type, again 2 for the same reason.

If that liberal-dopehead-dreamy day of confiscation creeps up, remember .... surrender by utilization of ammunition, first.


37 posted on 08/03/2012 6:02:56 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: marktwain

I gave all mine to the homeless so they could shoot rats.


38 posted on 08/03/2012 6:03:24 PM PDT by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: conservativesister
The number from that chart is a flawed number. A buyer at a gun shop or an auction can buy unlimited long guns and the #4473 form is only counted as 1 background check. And a 4473 doesn’t cover black powder firearms.

True, but buying used guns does not add to the overall stock, and NICS checks are also done for CCW licenses.

My best guess is that we are at about 320 million firearms in the U.S. now. Perhaps a range of 280 to 340 million would be a better way to say it.

39 posted on 08/03/2012 6:09:01 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: atomic_dog
Roll your own AR.
40 posted on 08/03/2012 6:20:32 PM PDT by kitchen (Over gunned is better than the alternative.)
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To: marktwain; All

My best guess of 320 million firearms in the United States is based on an ATF estimate of 260 million at the end of 1999, and about 65 million produced and imported since then (minus exports).

http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-1838600008.html#A

I seem to recall seeing numbers for the U.S. estimated at 290 million, but I do not see a source for those numbers.


41 posted on 08/03/2012 6:42:56 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: Covenantor
Any fool in Mordor who thinks gun registration/control would fly in the US these days is:

a. delusional
b. clueless about American history
c. a habitual govt under-estimator
d. looking for trouble
e. all of the above

42 posted on 08/03/2012 7:20:34 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: AFreeBird
"And how many are lost in tragic boating accidents but never reported due to the embarrassment of the owners"

Well, I for one have always been suspicious of those who claim some sort of boating accident.

OTOH, I suffered grievous weapons and ammo losses when hurricane Isabelle rolled up the Chesapeake Bay and inundated the lower floor of my home on the banks of the South River.

Just like that, at 4am, everything got sucked out into the bay south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge...lock, stock, and barrel...

43 posted on 08/03/2012 7:39:03 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
Count the blades of grass and you’ll get your answer. Any WWII buff could have told you that.

They already know all there is to know about WWII - "We dropped atomic bombs on people."

44 posted on 08/03/2012 7:45:08 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: marktwain
I can honestly say I don't have any guns.
45 posted on 08/03/2012 8:15:54 PM PDT by Redcitizen (What's on your end of the world music playlist?)
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To: marktwain
It's a great guessing game. Let's hope they never get counted completely.

What is more interesting is the number of people who might be available to operate those firearms.

Perhaps 150 Million American citizens have ready access to firearms. They either already know how to shoot, or they know that they can learn.

The total number of members of all active military, reserve military, and paramilitary, in ALL the nations of the world is: 73,041,002

How many gun owners are there in the United States of America?

"Answer: Number of guns and gun owners in USA. Most estimates range between 39% and 50% of US households having at least one gun(that's about 43-55 million households). The estimates for the number of privately owned guns range from 190 million to 300 million. Removed those that skew the stats for their own purposes the best estimates are about 45% or 52 million of American households owning 260 million guns).

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_gun_owners_are_there_in_the_United_States_of_America#ixzz22XowO8Ct"

List of countries by number of military and paramilitary personnel

This is an incomplete list, which may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness. You can help by expanding it with reliably sourced entries.

State Active Military Reserve Military Paramilitary Total Total per 1000 capita Active per 1000 capita
North Korea[126][note l] 1,106,000 8,200,000 189,000 9,495,000 418.9 48.8
Republic of Korea[159][note s] 687,000 8,000,000 4,500 8,691,500 173.6 13.7
Vietnam[193][note y] 455,000 5,000,000 40,000 5,495,000 62 5.1
India[76][note f] 1,325,000 2,142,821 1,300,586 4,768,407 3.9 1.1
People's Republic of China[37] 2,285,000 800,000 1,500,000 4,585,000 3.4 1.7[38][39]
Iran[78][79][note g] 523,000 1,800,000 1,510,000 3,833,000 57.7 7.9
United States of America[187][188] 1,458,219 1,458,500 11,035 2,927,754 9.3 4.7[note y]}}
Russian Federation[145][note p] 1,027,000 754,000 449,000 2,230,000 15.9 7.3
Republic of China[169] 290,000 1,657,000 17,000 1,964,000 85.5 12.6
Brazil[24][note b] 327,710 1,340,000 0 1,667,710 8.4 1.6
Pakistan[129][130] 617,000 513,000 304,000 1,434,000 8.2 3.5
Egypt[52] 468,500 479,000 397,000 1,344,500 17 5.9
Cuba[43][note c] 49,000 1,159,000 26,500 1,234,500 107.8 4.3
Ukraine[182] 129,925 1,000,000 84,900 1,214,825 26.6 2.8
Turkey[177][178][179] 666,576 378,700 152,200 1,197,476 15.6 8.7
Indonesia[77] 302,000 400,000 280,000 982,000 4.1 1.3
Israel[82] 176,500 565,000 8,050 749,550 103.6 24.4
Syria[168] 325,000 314,000 108,000 747,000 34.3 14.9
Thailand[172][note x] 305,860 245,000 113,700 664,560 10.1 4.6
Iraq[80] 191,957 0 386,312 578,269 20 6.6
Spain[160] 128,013 319,000 80,210 527,223 13 3.2
Singapore[154][note r] 72,500 356,500 93,800 522,800 112.2 15.6
Myanmar[118] 406,000 0 107,250 513,250 10.7 8.4
Colombia[40] 285,220 61,900 144,097 491,217 11.2 6.5
Algeria[3] 147,000 150,000 187,200 484,200 14.2 4.3
Italy[83][note h] 293,202 41,867 142,933 478,002 8.2 5
Belarus[15] 72,940 289,500 110,000 472,440 49 7.6
France[60][note e] 352,771 70,300 46,390 469,461 7.3 5.5
Greece[66][67] 177,600 280,000 4,000 461,600 43 16.5
Germany[64] 250,613 200,812 0 451,425 5.5 3
Malaysia[104][note k] 109,000 296,300 24,600 429,900 16.7 4.2
United Kingdom[184][185][186] 197,780 212,400 0 410,180 6.7 3.2
Morocco[116] 195,800 150,000 50,000 395,800 12.7 6.3
Finland[59][note d] 22,600 361,500 7,550 391,650 74.6 4.3
Peru[135][note n] 114,000 195,000 77,000 386,000 13.1 3.9
Azerbaijan[11] 66,940 300,000 15,000 381,940 46.4 8.1
Bulgaria[26] 34,975 302,500 34,000 371,475 51.6 4.9
Mexico[109] 267,506 39,899 36,500 343,905 3.1 2.4
Philippines[136][note o] 120,000 171,000 40,500 331,500 3.4 1.2
Eritrea[55] 201,750 120,000 0 321,750 57 35.7
Lebanon[96] 59,100 232,635 20,000 311,735 77.6 14.7
Portugal[140] 43,330 210,900 47,700 301,930 28.2 4
Japan[85] 230,300 41,800 12,250 284,350 2.2 1.8
Switzerland[167] 22,059 174,071 80,000 276,130 36.3 2.9
Armenia[7] 46,684 210,000 4,748 261,432 88.1 15.7
Sri Lanka[161][note t] 160,900 35,900 62,200 259,000 12.1 7.5
Sweden[166][note w] 13,050 242,000 800 255,850 28.2 1.4
Saudi Arabia[148] 233,500 0 15,500 249,000 8.7 8.1
Austria[10] 27,300 195,000 9,400 231,700 28.2 3.3
Bangladesh[14] 157,053 0 63,900 220,953 1.4 1
Sudan[161][note u] 109,300 85,000 17,500 211,800 5.2 2.7
Romania[144] 73,350 45,000 79,900 198,250 8.9 3.3
Cambodia[29] 124,300 0 67,000 191,300 13.2 8.6
Paraguay[134] 10,650 164,500 14,800 189,950 27.2 1.5
Ecuador[51] 57,983 118,000 400 176,383 12.1 4
Jordan[86] 100,500 65,000 10,000 175,500 28 16
Afghanistan[1] 164,000 0 0 164,000 5.8 5.8
Nigeria[125] 80,000 0 82,000 162,000 1.1 0.5
Nepal[120] 95,753 0 62,000 157,753 5.5 3.4
Mongolia[114] 10,000 137,000 7,200 154,200 50.7 3.3
Democratic Republic of the Congo[47] 151,251 0 1,400 152,651 2.2 2.2
Chile[36] 60,560 40,000 41,500 142,060 8.6 3.6
Ethiopia[57] 138,000 0 0 138,000 1.6 1.6
Yemen[194] 66,700 0 71,200 137,900 6 2.9
Poland[137][138][139] 99,778 10,000 28,100 137,878 3.6 2.6
Laos[94] 29,100 0 100,000 129,100 18.9 4.3
Canada[31] 68,250 55,150 4,554 127,954 3.8 2[32]
Venezuela[192] 115,000 8,000 0 123,000 4.6 4.3
Angola[4] 107,000 0 10,000 117,000 9.1 8.4
Libya[99][note j] 76,000 40,000 0 116,000 18.3 12
Tanzania[171] 27,000 80,000 1,400 108,400 2.6 0.7
Argentina[6] 73,100 0 31,240 104,340 2.6 1.8
Guatemala[68] 15,212 63,863 18,536 97,611 7.4 1.1
Serbia[150][151] 40,000 50,171 0 90,171 12.2 5.4
South Africa[158] 62,082 15,071 12,382 89,535 1.8 1.3
Uzbekistan[190] 67,000 0 20,000 87,000 3.2 2.4
Hungary[74] 29,450 44,000 12,000 85,450 8.6 3
Bolivia[21] 46,100 0 37,100 83,200 8.5 4.7
Australia[8][9] 57,500 25,000 0 82,500 3.9 2.7
Kazakhstan[87] 49,000 0 31,500 80,500 5.2 3.2
Denmark[48] 26,585 53,507 0 80,092 14.6 4.8
Honduras[73] 12,000 60,000 8,000 80,000 10.2 1.5
Moldova[110] 5,998 66,000 2,379 74,377 17.2 1.4
Norway[127] 24,025 45,250 0 69,275 14.9 5.2
Netherlands[121] 61,302 3,339 3,000 67,641 4 3.7
Dominican Republic[50] 49,910 0 15,000 64,910 6.7 5.2
Cyprus[44] 10,050 50,000 750 60,800 56 9.3
Palestine[131][note m] 0 0 56,000 56,000 14 0
Burundi[28] 20,000 0 31,050 51,050 5.4 2.1
United Arab Emirates[183] 51,000 0 0 51,000 10.6 10.6
Zimbabwe[196] 29,000 0 21,800 50,800 4.5 2.5
Tunisia[176] 35,800 0 12,000 47,800 4.6 3.4
Oman[128] 42,600 0 4,400 47,000 13.8 12.5
Uganda[181] 45,000 0 1,800 46,800 1.4 1.4
Kuwait[92] 15,500 23,700 7,100 46,300 17.2 5.8
Croatia[42] 18,600 21,000 3,000 42,600 9.5 4.1
El Salvador[53] 15,500 9,900 17,000 42,400 5.9 2.2
Estonia[56] 4,750 25,000 10,766 40,516 31.2 3.7
Belgium[16] 38,452 2,040 0 40,492 3.9 3.7
Rwanda[146] 33,000 0 2,000 35,000 3.3 3.1
Chad[35] 25,350 0 9,500 34,850 3.4 2.5
Georgia[63] 21,150 0 11,700 32,850 7.5 4.8
Lithuania[100] 8,850 6,700 14,600 30,150 8.5 2.5
Kenya[88] 24,120 0 5,000 29,120 0.7 0.6
Czech Republic[45] 17,932 0 10,988 28,920 2.8 1.8
Côte d'Ivoire[46] 17,050 10,000 1,500 28,550 1.4 0.8
Uruguay[189] 24,621 0 920 25,541 7.3 7
Ireland[81] 10,460 14,875 0 25,335 5.5 2.3
Cameroon[30] 14,100 0 9,000 23,100 1.2 0.7
Turkmenistan[180] 22,000 0 0 22,000 4.5 4.5
Madagascar[102] 13,500 0 8,100 21,600 1 0.7
Mauritania[107] 15,870 0 5,000 20,870 6.7 5.1
Kyrgyzstan[93] 10,900 0 9,500 20,400 3.8 2
Zambia[195] 15,100 3,000 1,400 19,500 1.6 1.3
Bahrain[13] 8,200 0 11,260 19,460 26.7 11.3
Guinea[69] 12,300 0 7,000 19,300 1.9 1.2
Senegal[149] 13,620 0 5,000 18,620 1.4 1
Latvia[95][note i] 5,745 10,866 0 16,611 7.4 2.6
Slovakia[155] 16,531 0 0 16,531 3 3
Djibouti[49] 12,000 2,000 2,450 16,450 17.8 13
Tajikistan[170] 8,800 0 7,500 16,300 2.2 1.2
Ghana[65] 15,500 0 0 15,500 0.6 0.6
Slovenia[156] 7,200 3,800 4,500 15,500 7.7 3.6
Namibia[119] 9,200 0 6,000 15,200 7.2 4.4
Mali[105] 7,350 0 7,800 15,150 1.1 0.5
Albania[2] 14,295 0 500 14,795 4.1 3.9
Montenegro[115] 3,127 0 10,100 13,227 19.7 4.7
Republic of Macedonia[142] 8,000 4,850 0 12,850 6.2 3.9
Nicaragua[123] 12,000 0 0 12,000 2 2
Panama[132] 0 0 12,000 12,000 3.6 0
Republic of the Congo[143] 10,000 0 2,000 12,000 3 2.5
New Zealand[122] 9,702 2,249 0 11,951 2.8 2.3
Qatar[141] 11,800 0 0 11,800 13.4 13.4
Burkina Faso[27] 11,200 0 250 11,450 0.7 0.7
Mozambique[117] 11,200 0 0 11,200 0.5 0.5
Bosnia and Herzegovina[22] 11,099 0 0 11,099 2.4 2.4
Niger[124] 5,300 0 5,400 10,700 0.7 0.3
Botswana[23] 9,000 0 1,500 10,500 5.3 4.5
Sierra Leone[153] 10,500 0 0 10,500 2 2
Brunei[25] 7,000 700 2,250 9,950 25.6 18
Costa Rica[41] 0 0 9,800 9,800 2.3 0
Fiji[58] 3,500 6,000 0 9,500 10.1 3.7
Togo[174] 8,550 0 750 9,300 1.5 1.4
Benin[18] 4,750 0 2,500 7,250 0.8 0.5
Somalia[157] 7,000 0 0 7,000 0.7 0.7
Malawi[103] 5,300 0 1,500 6,800 0.5 0.4
Gabon[61] 4,700 0 2,000 6,700 4.4 3.1
Guinea-Bissau[70] 4,450 0 2,000 6,450 4.2 2.9
Bhutan[19][20][note a] 5,445 0 555 6,000 8.5 7.7
Trinidad and Tobago[175] 4,063 0 0 4,063 3.3 3.3
Jamaica[84] 2,830 953 0 3,783 1.3 1
Swaziland[163][164][165][note v] 3,000 0 644 3,644 3.1 2.5
Kosovo[89][90][91] 2,800 800 0 3,600 2.1 1.6
Equatorial Guinea[54] 1,320 0 2,000 3,320 5.2 2.1
Guyana[71] 1,100 670 1,500 3,270 4.3 1.5
Central African Republic[34] 2,150 0 1,000 3,150 0.7 0.5
Papua New Guinea[133] 3,100 0 0 3,100 0.5 0.5
Liberia[98] 2,400 0 0 2,400 0.7 0.7
Malta[106] 1,954 167 0 2,121 5.2 4.8
Haiti[72] 0 0 2,000 2,000 0.2 0
Lesotho[97] 2,000 0 0 2,000 0.9 0.9
Mauritius[108] 0 0 2,000 2,000 1.6 0
Suriname[162] 1,840 0 0 1,840 3.8 3.8
Belize[17] 1,050 700 0 1,750 5.7 3.4
Luxembourg[101] 900 0 612 1,512 3.1 1.8
Timor Leste[173] 1,332 0 0 1,332 1.3 1.3
Cape Verde[33] 1,200 0 0 1,200 2.8 2.8
Barbados[12] 610 430 0 1,040 3.7 2.1
Bahamas[12] 860 0 0 860 2.8 2.8
Gambia[62] 800 0 0 800 0.4 0.4
Seychelles[152] 200 0 450 650 7.4 2.3
Saint Kitts and Nevis[147][note q] 70 130 119 319 6.2 1.4
Vanuatu[191] 0 0 300 300 1.3 0
Monaco[111][112][113] 0 0 255 255 7.2 0
Antigua and Barbuda[5] 170 75 0 245 2.9 2
Iceland[75] 0 0 130 130 0.4 0
All Countries 20,539,840 42,941,261 9,559,901 73,041,002
State Active Military Reserve Military Paramilitary Total Total per 1000 capita Active per 1000 capita

46 posted on 08/03/2012 8:48:19 PM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: marktwain
HOW MANY U.S. ADULTS HAVE HOW MANY GUNS?

A lot of teens own guns. Most young'uns in my family get their first firearm somewhere between the age of eight and twelve. Because I spent most of my time out of the country I only had three by the time I turned eighteen. My cousins tended to have a average of eight.

47 posted on 08/03/2012 10:01:41 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Fate plays chess and you don't find out until too late that he's been using two queens all along)
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To: meadsjn

Thanks for posting the table, meadsjn! I’ll probably review it even more in the future.

Pitiful that Canada gutted their military to such a degree and depend on the US to defend them.

I guess that’s how they pay for their sorry health care system. ...Oh, wait... That’s the same thing the US Democrats and Obama are trying to do here in the US.


48 posted on 08/04/2012 12:10:15 AM PDT by octex
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To: DTogo
Any fool in Mordor who thinks gun registration/control would fly in the US these days is:
a. delusional
b. clueless about American history
c. a habitual govt under-estimator
d. looking for trouble
e. all of the above

You neglected the most important:
f. terminally stupid

the infowarrior

49 posted on 08/04/2012 1:55:51 AM PDT by infowarrior
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