The Gun Ownership Debate: ‘Don’t Propagandize Me – I’ll Do My Own Math’

1. Does a ‘Higher’ Rate of Gun Ownership Mean ‘More’ homicides? You decide.

2. The United States has the highest rate of private gun ownership , yet it does not have the highest per capita gun deaths

3. A ‘higher’ proportion of private gun ownship does not mean a higher number of proportionate gun deaths:

Gun Ownership / Gun Deaths Infographic (‘Researchers Only Please’):

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/07/28/guns-ownership-around-the-world-graphic/

Ignore: ‘Disarm Regular citizens – Gain Monopoly of Force’

Warning: Do not look up ‘Relationship of School Shooters to Pharma Industry’

Useful Sample of Western Countries Private Gun Rates and Numbers:

United States — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

Federal firearm legislation is limited (below). Many municipalities and all states regulate gun use with their own local law (Go To). More US jurisdictions will be added as resources allow.

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in the United States is 270,000,0001 to 310,000,0002

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in the United States is 101.052 3 1 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In the United States, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 110,000,0002

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In the United States, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be 86,000,0002

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

There are reportedly 114,000,0002 handguns in civilian possession in the United States

Number of Privately Owned Firearms – World Ranking

In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, the United States ranked at No. 14

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population – World Ranking

In a comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, the United States ranked at No. 11

Proportion of Households with Firearms

ChartIn the United States, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be
2012: 34.45 6 7 2010: 32.3 2008: 36.0 2006: 34.5 2004: 37.3 2002: 36.4 2000: 34.3 1998: 36.7 1996: 43.4 1994: 44.0 1993: 45.5 1991: 43.7 1990: 45.8 1989: 48.9 1988: 43.4 1987: 48.6 1985: 48.0 1984: 48.5 1982: 48.9 1980: 50.8 1977: 54.0 1976: 49.7 1974: 47.9 1973: 49.1

Proportion of Households with Rifles

ChartIn the United States, the percentage of households with one or more rifles is reported to be
2012: 20.58 2010: 19.4 2008: 25.2 2006: 20.4 2004: 21.0 2002: 22.2 2000: 21.6 1998: 22.5 1996: 25.8 1994: 27.3 1993: 25.7 1991: 27.8 1990: 27.8 1989: 29.6 1988: 27.3 1987: 30.0 1985: 31.4 1984: 29.6 1982: 32.5 1980: 31.2 1977: 33.5 1976: 30.5 1974: 28.4 1973: 30.8

Proportion of Households with Shotguns

ChartIn the United States, the percentage of households with one or more shotguns is reported to be
2012: 21.49 2010: 19.7 2008: 25.4 2006: 20.3 2004: 20.0 2002: 23.2 2000: 20.0 1998: 22.1 1996: 27.2 1994: 27.1 1993: 29.7 1991: 29.0 1990: 28.6 1989: 30.6 1988: 26.4 1987: 30.9 1985: 30.3 1984: 28.7 1982: 32.7 1980: 33.0 1977: 34.8 1976: 30.5 1974: 29.0 1973: 29.0

Proportion of Households with Handguns

ChartIn the United States, the percentage of households with one or more handguns is reported to be
2012: 21.910 2010: 19.6 2008: 26.2 2006: 20.0 2004: 20.7 2002: 21.0 2000: 20.5 1998: 20.5 1996: 23.7 1994: 26.2 1993: 26.1 1991: 22.1 1990: 24.9 1989: 26.8 1988: 24.4 1987: 26.1 1985: 24.1 1984: 21.4 1982: 22.9 1980: 24.9 1977: 21.3 1976: 22.2 1974: 20.3 1973: 20.3

Canada — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Canada is 9,950,0001

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in Canada is 23.82 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Canada, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 3,500,0003

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In Canada, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be 2,600,0003

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

There are reportedly 1,100,0003 handguns in civilian possession in Canada

Number of Privately Owned Firearms – World Ranking

In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Canada ranked at No. 124

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population – World Ranking

In a comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Canada ranked at No. 131

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Canada is reported to be 1,830,5425

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners in Canada is 5.426 per 100 people

Number of Registered Firearms

The number of registered guns in Canada is reported to be 7,514,3857

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

The rate of registered guns in Canada is 22.266 per 100 people

Switzerland — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Switzerland is 3,400,0001

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in Switzerland is 45.71 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Firearms – World Ranking

In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Switzerland ranked at No. 222

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population – World Ranking

In a comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Switzerland ranked at No. 31

Sweden — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Sweden is 2,800,0001

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in Sweden is 31.61 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In Sweden, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be 1,115,0002

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In Sweden, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be 915,0002

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

There are reportedly 155,0002 handguns in civilian possession in Sweden

Number of Privately Owned Firearms – World Ranking

In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Sweden ranked at No. 283

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population – World Ranking

In a comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Sweden ranked at No. 101

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Sweden is reported to be 781,5212

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners in Sweden is 8.774 per 100 people

Number of Registered Firearms

The number of registered guns in Sweden is reported to be 2,096,7983

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

The rate of registered guns in Sweden is 23.294 per 100 people

Iceland — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Iceland is 90,0001

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in Iceland is 30.31 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Firearms – World Ranking

In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Iceland ranked at No. 1412

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population – World Ranking

In a comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Iceland ranked at No. 151

Israel — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Israel is 500,0001 2

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

The estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) in Israel is 7.31 firearms per 100 people

Number of Privately Owned Firearms – World Ranking

In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Israel ranked at No. 813

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population – World Ranking

In a comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Israel ranked at No. 791

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Israel is reported to be 296,2084 5

Number of Registered Firearms

The number of registered guns in Israel is reported to be 403,0003

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

The rate of registered guns in Israel is 5.986 per 100 people
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