There are nearly twice as many guns in the average gun-owning household today as there were 20 years ago, according to new Wonkblog estimates based data from surveys and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
In 2013, there were an estimated 8.1 firearms in the typical gun-owning household, according to these data. In 1994, the average gun-owning household owned 4.2 guns.
These numbers comport with what survey research has shown for several years now: the share of gun-owning households has been declining over the past 20 years and possibly more, according to numbers from Gallup and the General Social Survey. On the other hand, domestic firearm production and imports of firearms have risen sharply, particularly in recent years. If those numbers are correct, it follows that increasing gun purchases are being driven primarily by existing owners stocking up rather than first-time buyers.
I just love the way they try so hard to make it look like Gun Owners are an unimportant minority trying to shove guns everywhere to anybody. Does anybody has ever responded to an ATF poll asking how many guns do you own? Hell, has anybody even heard of that ever happening?
And when we are asked, we don’t have guns anymore, they were all lost in a tragic (insert tragedy here) accident alongside all the ammo. So, event the author admits his calculations are basically a wild-ass guess.
But even Gallup’s numbers show a decline in gun ownership since the early 1990s, from 54 percent of households in late 1993 to 43 percent as of this fall. And regardless of whether overall ownership rates are flat or falling, one thing that’s largely been overlooked is how more guns and fewer gun owners means that firearms are being concentrated in fewer hands than ever before.
According to the Census Bureau, there are 133,957,180 households in the US and assigning one gun owner per household, at 43% it gives us a total of 57,601,587 gun owners or 17.9% of the population. African-Americans are 13%, Hispanics are 17.4 and LGBT-ETC do not reach 5%. So I guess those minorities are unimportant too.
I wonder if Presumed Candidate Hillary will have the balls (Bill’s obviously) to tell the NAACP that they represent an unimportant minority.