BobCobbMagob wrote: ↑Sun Nov 27, 2022 3:57 pm
SallyMae wrote: ↑Sun Nov 27, 2022 3:20 pm
It's not working. Massively arming the population for personal defense is resulting in many, many more deaths.
Actually… it’s going the opposite way to what you’re saying.
Gun ownership in America has gone massively down… it used to be half of Americans owned guns, now it’s about a quarter - 30% , and we are becoming a more and more dangerous country by the day.
This statistic is so deliberately misleading it's ridiculous.
First of all, as of 2021, 42% of U.S. households own guns - not 30%. That's up from a low of 37% in 2019. Not "about a quarter."
Secondly, in 1980 when it was about half (47%), the population was smaller. There were only 80 million or so households. If about half had a gun, that was 40 million households.
Today there are closer to 130 million households. If 42% have guns, that is about 55 million households, up by fifteen million
. Seven million new households became gun owners just in 2020-21.
Plus, this percentage does not account for the sheer number of guns being put into circulation, which is way up.
Gun ownership is not "massively down." More households have guns and there are more guns than ever. That is what is making America more dangerous by the day.
Percentage of households in the United States owning one or more firearms from 1972 to 2021
https://www.statista.com/statistics/249 ... a-firearm/