Although the stats fluctuate depending on the source, many coalesce around the numbers of 80 million gun owners in the USA holding a total of 280 million firearms. With 4-5 million additional new firearms sold each year in America, by the time Obama completes his first term, we will, given the latest trends, have one firearm in the country for every man, woman and child(300 million total population).
The 80/280 million figure seems like a decent ratio, and I am counting these as legally held guns by non-prohibited persons.
280/80 = 3.5
That makes sense.
Casual gun owner #1 owns one rim-fire rifle, one center-fire rifle and one shotgun.
Casual gun owner #2 owns one rim-fire rifle, one center-fire rifle, one shotgun AND one handgun.
2 people owning a total of 7 guns works out to 3.5 guns/person average.
So what happens when you consider the collectors? The enthusiasts? The gunnuts? What happens when you consider us?
Never met any of the bloggers I follow, but I’ve managed to gather that they ALL have more firearms than the “casual gun owner.”
Let’s do some math.
Let’s say that 10% of legal gun owners have 10 firearms. Sorry to insult ya’ll but I’m intentionally trying to low-ball this to make a point.
80,000,000 X 0.1 = 8,000,000 This means that 72,000,000 have the remaining 200,000,000 guns or 2.8 guns per person. Still well within the realm of reasonableness.
The problem I have is that my personal experience with people I have met is that 75% of them have 5 or more firearms. Again a low-ball figure. If this is representative of the general population, the math gets kinda interesting.
60,000,000 X 5 = 300,000,000.
If 60,000,000 people hold 300,000,000 firearms then that dictates that the remaining 20,000,000 gun owners posses not only zero guns, but a negative 20,000,000 guns. There’s a stat that would give Helmke full wood.
No doubt that there are many gun owners who own but a single gun, but is this the norm?
Let’s assume that 90% of gun owners only own a single gun.
0.9 X 80,000,000 = 72,000,000.
Means that 8,000,000 people hold 208,000,000 guns or 26 guns per person. Over here on the west coast (minus the People’s Republic of Kalifornia) where we have constant contact with hostile Indians, that sounds about right.
Please don’t move here, they will rape your women and burn your village.