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Are Guns Declining?
The New York Sun ^ | March 10, 2013 | Masthead Editorial

Posted on 03/18/2013 4:59:07 PM PDT by neverdem

News that the share of American homes with guns has been declining for four decades is best seen as a wake-up call to those who believe in the original principles of the American compact. The New York Times is fronting the news based on data from the General Social Survey, which is a data collection operation based at the Chicago University. The Times’ analysis of its data suggests that gun ownership has, as the Times puts it, “fallen across a broad cross section of households since the early 1970s” in cities and rural areas and all regions of the country. What it calls the “household gun ownership rate” has plunged to 34% in 2012 from more than 50% in the 1970s.

This plunge is a shocking and dangerous development in a nation whose system of government was framed on an understanding that widespread, private gun ownership was one of the struts of liberty. The dispatch in the Times, a shrewdly crafted scoop, notes that the findings “contrast with the impression left by a flurry of news reports about people rushing to buy guns and clearing shop shelves of assault rifles after the massacre last year at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.” It reckons the declining ownership rate “suggests that even as the conversation on guns remains contentious...”

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In any event, the Times reports that the trend “raises questions about the future politics of gun control.” The way it poses the question is this: “Will efforts to regulate guns eventually meet with less resistance if they are increasingly concentrated in fewer hands — or more resistance?” By our lights it’s a good question, one that invites a reconsideration of the strategy being pursued by those of us who believe that the Second Amendment is the “palladium” of our liberty...

(Excerpt) Read more at nysun.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment
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To: neverdem
Are Guns Declining?

Only when I'm shooting downhill.

21 posted on 03/18/2013 5:27:33 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Pollster1

LOL - nope, some Whoop A** and gator aid type stuff. All gone. >snif<


22 posted on 03/18/2013 5:30:41 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: neverdem

Here is a question, since “Ann” who calls me daily to help me with lower credit card bills, who responds to random phone calls?


23 posted on 03/18/2013 5:33:23 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (Forget Mexico. Put the border fence around California.)
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To: neverdem

Sigh
All mine just plumb disappeared one long weekend, several years ago.
Guess I just forgot where I left ‘em.


24 posted on 03/18/2013 5:44:48 PM PDT by Thumper1960 (A modern so-called "Conservative" is a shadow of a wisp of a vertebrate human being.)
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To: Chode

I do tend to believe it. New households, younger people who have been indoctrinated all their lives against guns and any bitter clinger symbols — many of these are urban apartment dwellers — sure I believe they aren’t buying guns. We all know counter examples, and people who have always had guns are buying more along with many new customers, but I do believe it.

Certain FReepers are also skeptical on the homo marriage polls. Believe it. These changes are really happening to society. The polls, although capable of exaggeration, bias and loaded questions, do tend to be right. They were on the election even as FReepers heavily criticized their oversampling of democrats. Turned out to be right on.

This rapid decline, quickening at a parabolic rate, is hard for many of us to take. But no sense in denying it is happening.


25 posted on 03/18/2013 5:45:37 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: Red in Blue PA
hehehe...make me laugh!
Gander Mtn & Bass Pro Shops (yeah, they sell guns & ammo)
have so many firearms/ammo customers they now have the 'take a number' dispensers onsite.
26 posted on 03/18/2013 5:46:00 PM PDT by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: 3Fingas

Plus the number of CHL’s has gone through the roof in recent years.


27 posted on 03/18/2013 5:58:54 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: neverdem

Let’s see....

315 Million people...X....34% = 107 Million + gun owners in America,

I doubt this should give anyone considering weapon confiscation, any comfort....

Especially since it’s likely a lowball number....


28 posted on 03/18/2013 6:00:12 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: steve86
maybe in the cities, but out here in the hills, boys still call a fag a fag, can't wait to get their first BB-gun and are taught to shoot from an early age... and Chicago University is hardly an unbiased institution that is quite capable of making the stats fit their views

then again city populations are on the rise

29 posted on 03/18/2013 6:11:09 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

I’m in a place like you are but most people aren’t.


30 posted on 03/18/2013 6:13:40 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: neverdem

31 posted on 03/18/2013 6:16:29 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: mylife

Most those people I mentioned also have CHLs now too. Leftists have no idea what can of worms they will open if they try to ban guns. I predict a butt-kicking for them in the mid-terms unless the Repubs do something to shoot themselves in the feet again.


32 posted on 03/18/2013 6:19:13 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: neverdem

I’ll bet that a phone survey in Berlin in 1932 would have found many fewer Jewish households admitting that fact than a few decades earlier.

The poll is toro mierda, a libtard’s fever fantasy.


33 posted on 03/18/2013 6:21:17 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Secret Agent Man
He who pays for the study/survey gets the results he desires.

Always follow the money trail.

34 posted on 03/18/2013 6:23:34 PM PDT by TYVets
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To: All
Gallup: Gun Ownership Soars To 18 Year High: 47% Of Americans Admit To Owning A Gun October 26, 2011


35 posted on 03/18/2013 6:25:35 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: All
The Dem/libs have been engaging in a steady push to infringe on our right to keep and bear arms for decades. And this is how it has been working out for them in the last two decades...

And in the last two months... (Dec. 2012 and Jan. 2013)

MOLON LAVE! ;-)

36 posted on 03/18/2013 6:34:24 PM PDT by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Pollster1
Yeah!

We need more stringent boat control laws...

37 posted on 03/18/2013 6:48:02 PM PDT by Lexinom
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To: neverdem

I read recently, regarding the buying frenzy, that there was a gun sale every 1.5 seconds.

It’s probably slowed down a little...but only because there’s a shortage on guns...


38 posted on 03/18/2013 7:11:34 PM PDT by moovova
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To: hadaclueonce

“Ann...(heavy breathing) The calls are coming from within the house!!!”


39 posted on 03/18/2013 7:13:08 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: neverdem

Leave it to the idiot left media to report the exact opposite of truth, facts and reality.


40 posted on 03/18/2013 7:30:11 PM PDT by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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