Question about Why People Own Guns and What Kind of Guns They Own
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Question about Why People Own Guns and What Kind of Guns They Own

Question: Why do people own guns? Surveys typically offer people several options to describe their motivations, usually including: hunting, collecting, recreation, and personal protection or self-defense. Over the past 20 years, self-defense has replaced hunting as the primary reason for gun ownership for Americans. Some surveys allow people to list multiple reasons, for example the … Continue reading

Statistics on Gun Ownership in the United States – Updated and Collected Posts
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Statistics on Gun Ownership in the United States – Updated and Collected Posts

After dramatic events involving guns, hits on my posts about gun ownership always spike. Therefore I am creating this landing page for those who want quick (though not simple) statistics on gun ownership in the United States. Question: How many guns are there in the United States? Answers: We don’t know with any certainty (for … Continue reading

Exploring America’s Complex Relationship with Guns (Pew Research Center), Part 2 – Getting Into Guns
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Exploring America’s Complex Relationship with Guns (Pew Research Center), Part 2 – Getting Into Guns

Continuing my series of looks at the Pew Research Center report, America’s Complex Relationship With Guns, an important question alongside the issue of the reason(s) people own guns is when and how people got into guns. I am particularly interested in this question because of how late I got into guns myself, but it is … Continue reading

Exploring America’s Complex Relationship with Guns (Pew Research Center), Part 1 – Reasons for Gun Ownership
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Exploring America’s Complex Relationship with Guns (Pew Research Center), Part 1 – Reasons for Gun Ownership

On June 22nd, while I was deeply immersed in my observations of a 250 Defensive Pistol course at Gunsite Academy, the Pew Research Center released a research report called America’s Complex Relationship with Guns. I was particularly interested in the report because back in February I consulted with the Pew Research Center team about my … Continue reading