Originally Posted by listopencil
One thing that stands out to me in that chart (http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showp...7&postcount=89
) is the number of firearms vs. the percentage of individuals owning them. The two data points are taken five years apart (2005/2010) but they would seem to imply something that is counterintuitive if looking at raw gun ownership statistics. It's easy enough to say, "Well, we have about 300 million people in the country and about 300 million firearms. Gun proliferation has reached a saturation point." If the data in that chart is true, firearms are concentrated into 30% of our population. So slightly less that 1/3 of our citizens are actually armed.
The thing to remember is gun ownership was on the decline until about ’09. After that there’s been a rapid upswing in new gun ownership climbing to >40% of the population as of ’11, last year that complete date is available. By “new gun ownership” I mean people that didn’t own a gun before but went out and bought one and where the growth in new ownership is the greatest is among women.
We went through this discussion right after the Sandyhook tragedy and IIRC you can find this information at Gallup's site.