Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Gun inequality: US study charts rise of hardcore super owners

Gun inequality: US study charts rise of hardcore super owners

"Americans own an estimated 265m guns, more than one gun for every American adult, according to the most definitive portrait of US gun ownership in two decades. But the new survey estimates that 133m of these guns are concentrated in the hands of just 3% of American adults – a group of super-owners who have amassed an average of 17 guns each.

The unpublished Harvard/Northeastern survey result summary, obtained exclusively by the Guardian and the Trace, estimates that America’s gun stock has increased by 70m guns since 1994. At the same time, the percentage of Americans who own guns decreased slightly from 25% to 22%."

"The new survey also found a much higher estimate of annual gun thefts: 400,000 guns stolen per year, compared with 230,000 a year in a recent estimate from the National Crime Victimization Survey."

5 comments:

  1. This is unadulterated bullshit. The number of new gun owners has soared in the last ten years. I want to know how they got this data other than wild guesses because there is literally no way to track these kinds of purchases. Small data set and wild extrapolation is my guess.

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  2. The report is from The Guardian and The Trace... that should tell you something.

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  3. I'm pretty sure that the vast majority of Americans who have been buying up guns in laughable anticipation of Obama banning all firearm sales are people who already had a stockpile to begin with. This data makes sense to me, as I think more people have become turned off to gun ownership in recent years than have been turned on to it.

    And the report is not by The Guardian/Trace, but by Harvard and Northeastern universities, though that will probably do little to quell the "liberal propaganda" argument from gun nuts.

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  4. My comment was to point out that no matter who does a study, the 'news source' that reports it will almost always put their own spin on the figures.

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  5. After a quarter century of having to analyze and mock news for a living, I'll point out the spin to you. They are misleading you by using percentages instead of hard numbers. In 1994, the population of the US was just over 269 million. It's currently just over 324.5 million. The percentage of Americans who own guns may have fallen from 25 to 22% in that time, but due to population growth, that means the number of gun owners increased from about 65 million to nearly 71.4 million. What's laughable is the theory that Americans are getting turned off to gun ownership. I wish I had stock in Smith & Wesson.

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