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21 thoughts on “How Many Households in America Today Have Guns?

  1. One more thing. The “decline” always happens to take place right as gun control restrictions are being imposed at the federal level.

    Since the early 1990s, when Clinton pushed the Brady Bill, federal “assault weapons” ban and zoning regulations that drove many small gun dealers out of business (back then they were called “kitchen-table dealers”), lots of gun owners have not identified themselves as such during the surveys. For example, during the first three years of Clinton’s presidency, Gallup surveys found that the share of people acknowledging that they had guns in their homes dropped from 51% to 38%. Furthermore, CBS News poll, conducted right after the terrorist attack on a night club in Orlando, with president Obama and others calling for gun control, found that the percentage of households with at least one gun owner had declined 10% since 2012. It is absurd and it doesn’t take a Ph.D. to know the reliability of these results should be questioned, if not discarded entirely.

    Unfortunately, the mainstream media fails to consider any explanation for survey trends other than the one that is sync with anti-gun activist groups’ propaganda. And they also fails to comprehend the conflict between what they want to believe about SOME survey trends and MASSIVE EMPIRICAL EVIDENCES that show a marked increase in public support for gun ownership. The point is: surveys are not the only way to determine gun ownership rates and even among them there is a huge discrepancy.

    Last but not least: the peer reviewed studies constantly show that indirect or veiled questions give a more accurate result. We already have a veiled or indirect question: Pew, Gallup and Rasmussen Reports find +60% of Americans say having a gun in the home makes the household safer from crimes and that seems to be the real gun ownership rate in 21st century America.

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    • Good points though I don’t think saying you think having a gun makes a home safer is equivalent to gun ownership. I know many people who are staunch defenders of the second amendment, for example, who don’t own guns. So people could believe it makes you safer but not have a gun.

      For sure, and Wright said this in 1995, in some communities HGO is as much as 90%. In other places, like my neighborhood growing up, it is more like 1 in 10. The truth is somewhere in the middle.

      Also, to be sure the media are not good consumers of data, but most people in America aren’t so I don’t blame them in particular.

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  2. Found this study a while back, not sure if it is referenced in the others.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7610216

    “The proportion of respondents who reported that at least one gun was kept in their household was 87.3 percent among handgun registration households and 89.7 percent among hunting license households.”

    Note that 12.7% of people who actually own, and know that the state knows they own, a handgun -deny- that fact to researchers when they aren’t informed the researchers know. That’s not people who refuse to answer, that percentage of registrants was 9.2%, that’s the number who flat-out lied.

    The study, to my mind, like many/most public health studies, elides the huge question of overall validity of such gun studies this raises by saying those particular results can not necessarily be generalized to the non-registered population.

    Which seems counter intuitive, if the one group you can guarantee owns a gun, and knows the state can come get it at will, -still- denies ownership to a phone survey by a major university research department, why on earth would anyone with the absolute ability to lie with no repercussions if they so choose be -more- willing to tell the truth? At best we need to assume 10% of households will lie.

    Any survey that purports to have a margin of error in the low single digits with so many elided rational and statistical questions about respondent honesty on this topic is, I think, building on a house of cards in terms of validity.

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  7. Solution is: For The U.S.A the maximum Cap limit should be (5000) F.F.L.s holders & should be none should not be added too! For State Governments:for all the 50 States; it should be no more Then 100 F.F.L.s Holders (01)&(02 Regular Gun Dealers is the cap limit should be the right decision to for each of 50 States in all to them too! N.F. A. gun DEALERS is included also too! do you agree???

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