Will There Be a Million-Gun Shortage in the United States in 2020?
Pew Research Center estimates that thirty percent of American adults own a gun. Thirty-three percent of respondents resisted the idea of owning a gun. A further 36 percent either owned a gun in the past or could imagine doing so. These results raise the question of whether there will be a million-gun shortage in the United States in 2020. Let’s take a closer look.
One of the most important questions in gun control is, “How many people in the United States own a handgun?” A recent study by Harvard-Northeastern University estimated that three percent of adults in the United States own a handgun. But there are even more guns owned by hardcore firearm aficionados. This group, representing only three percent of gun owners, owns an average of seventeen guns. Together, these people own half of the nation’s civilian stockpile.
The number of firearms in the United States is growing. According to the National Firearms Survey, the total number of firearms in the country reached 265 million in 2015. This increase is the result of a booming civilian firearm market. Currently, an average gun owner owns five guns, but nearly 22 percent of people only own one. The United States ranks fourth among community nations for the number of privately owned firearms, while the Falkland Islands has only one gun per 100 citizens.
In the year 2000, there were 192 million firearms in the United States. Of these, 65 million of those were handguns. Of those, 74% of gun owners owned more than one gun. In 1996, ATF reported that there were 242 millions privately owned firearms in the US, including 76 million handguns and 64 million rifles. That’s a staggering number. But it’s important to remember that these numbers don’t include militaries or law enforcement agencies.
The US has the highest proportion of privately owned firearms in the world, which is not surprising given the country’s high rate of homicides. More than 1.5 million people are killed every year in the US. And that’s just one-fifth of Americans. So, what are the reasons behind this? And who owns all these guns? How many civilians are gun owners? What is the purpose of these guns in the US?
Although the number of guns owned by Americans is relatively low compared to other countries, it’s still important to know the number of firearms in private hands. In the US, fewer than six percent of Americans own five or more guns. In contrast, two-thirds of gun buyers in the US say they bought a gun to protect themselves. And there’s no evidence that guns are more dangerous than their owners believe.