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Why are there more guns in America than people?

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Why are there more guns in America than people?

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Question:

A friend asked me this question: “Why are there more guns than people?”

I have a hunch that this isn’t true. I wonder if such statistics are skewed to give support to an anti-gun position? What is your answer?

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Answer:

I’m not sure whether this is true or not, either. If it is, it may be because so many gun owners have more than one firearm.

Your questioner is really saying: “Something is wrong with our society because we have so many weapons.” However, the best research suggests “More Guns, Less Crime” (see John Lott Jr.’s book with that title). Even deranged shooters that fire into crowds are deterred by laws permitting law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons. Rapists and burglars stay away from areas where women are publicly trained in firearms.

Once acquainted with such data, your friend may not feel that more guns are problematic.