Looking for a gun statistic

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by BayArea   $0.10 total tips   💰tip   follow   2022 Jun 12, 9:39pm  

Hi Patnet, hoping you can help me find the following data with source:

# of guns per capita in the USA, by year (starting from the 1950 or so through 2022)

Anyone have this handy? Thanks

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1   FuckTheMainstreamMedia   2022 Jun 12, 9:46pm  

I don’t know the answer. I do know that this gun was sold to civilians after ww2(and actually taken home by many soilders). It has clips up to 25 or 30 rounds and can fuck up unarmed people as good as any modern gun.


I also know that despite this, there were only a handful of mass shootings in the US each decade prior to the 1990’s. And no, the ones involving cops or other law enforcement ought not count. Wiki has a good article, at least until some idiot leftist revisionist asshole goes and changes it.

2   PeopleUnited   2022 Jun 12, 10:01pm  

When you take God out of people’s upbringing, and tell them they are just random animals descended from apes with no hope for immortality, and no reason for morality, what do you expect to happen? We don’t have a gun problem in this country we have a mental health crisis brought on by spiritual depravity.
3   rocketjoe79   2022 Jun 13, 12:14am  

How about the number of hunting licenses issued annually: 15.2 million in 2021.
P.S.: No self-respecting hunter has just one gun.

That's about 10x the standing Armed forces of the USA.
4   SunnyvaleCA   2022 Jun 13, 4:43am  

BayArea says

# of guns per capita

One word of caution: A bunch of enthusiasts each own multiple guns, skewing the average. I'm not sure about your statistical needs, but perhase you should be seeking "number of households with at least 1 gun."
5   WookieMan   2022 Jun 13, 5:03am  

SunnyvaleCA says

BayArea says

# of guns per capita

One word of caution: A bunch of enthusiasts each own multiple guns, skewing the average. I'm not sure about your statistical needs, but, often, when people talk about per capita ownership, they should be instead talking about "number of households with at least 1 gun."

I'd agree with this. Also a lot of people have family heirloom weapons from long deceased family members that they keep for future value or to remember a grandparent or something. Yet they'd never use it and just keep it in the basement. My mom currently has a shotgun (which I need to get from her) and she would never use it, but she'd count as a gun owner.

Best metric would probably be FOID card holders if the state requires it. I think most do. Take the bluest state and the most red state and meet in the middle is probably a pretty good guess of gun ownership. No point in getting a FOID card without intending to buy a gun. I'm not going to look this up, but I think that would get you a better idea of how many actual Americans own guns.

Doesn't mean much though when you figure many of the guns are in inner city ghettos and nothing is registered and no FOID card. Just the major cities there's probably 2-3M people nationwide with guns illegally I'd guess. Anecdotal, but I'd say about 60-70% of the people I know own a gun of some sort. I live in an area though where gun raffles are a multiple yearly event for the Lions club and other organizations. Also a lot of fellow Illinoian's outside of Chicago hunt here in IL and up in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

TL:DR - If you have one gun or 10 guns it doesn't much matter as you can only fire one, maybe two at a time. FOID card is best metric. There are for sure more guns than the population of the country.
6   NuttBoxer   2022 Jun 13, 11:58am  

Percentage-wise ownership per household has fallen, but largely remained unchanged since the 60's:

A normal gun owner never owns just a single gun. Most own several, and almost all have never, ever used them to kill anyone. It's an inhuman act that goes against our very nature.

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