The number of firearms in the US has increased in recent years, and the ratio is now 120.5 guns per 100 residents. The growth is especially noticeable with the number of new gun owners reaching 7.5 million in the first four months of 2019. There are 11 million adults with guns in their home, including 5.2 percent of black or Hispanic people. The number of first-time gun buyers is not expected to diminish anytime soon.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, more than twenty million guns will be legally purchased in the US by 2021, a 40% increase from the previous year. The number of gun owners grew up with gun ownership, and 40% of those who didn’t were raised in a gun-owning household. The study also found that the number of people who have firearms has tripled since 2000. In the US, pistols are the most common type of firearm owned, with rifles and shotguns being the next most common types.
The United States is the largest country for gun ownership, and the number of gun owners continues to increase each year. Gun culture is a reflection of the spirit of freedom and liberty the founding fathers envisioned in their Second Amendment. There are more firearms per capita in the US than any other country in the world. But this does not mean that gun ownership is a dangerous habit. The average US citizen owns a gun every four days.
In 2007, the number of guns sold in the US climbed to two-thirds of that number by 2007. The number of handguns rose to 106 million in 2007, and there were 105 million rifles and 83 shotguns in 2007. In 2009, the estimated number of firearms for civilians in the US was 310 million. However, the number of pistols sold increased by 11.5% over the previous year.
The number of firearm deaths in the US has been increasing steadily in recent years. According to a study published by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the U.S. has a higher rate of gun-related deaths than many other countries. As of March, there were 27 school shootings in the country. While mass shootings get all of the media attention, they are not the main cause of firearm deaths in the US.
Gun violence among children is an alarming trend. The National Safety Council reports that in the last two years, 653 children and teens have died from gun-related injuries or deaths. In fact, most of these deaths are the result of suicide, and not mass shootings. In the US, gun-related deaths are increasing at a rate of five percent every year. However, the most tragic gun-related deaths among children are suicides.
Gun owners are mostly men, with seven out of 10 having more than one gun. A quarter of men with a high school degree or less own at least two firearms, while only a quarter of adults with a bachelor’s degree own one. Women are less likely to own firearms, though. This is due to the fact that they have many more reasons to own guns than men do. The numbers are still worrying, but there are signs of progress.