reply to post by Hawkwind.
Only 5 percent of the population you say? I did a quick search and found that to be bullcrap, unless you are right and the surveys are wrong?
I haven't bought in to the surveys in years. They seem to have an agenda, specifically, gun control.
The numbers can be interpreted all over the place. Here's some examples of things that "should" have people reconsidering how useful these surveys
How many firearms are simply old relics, passed down, and aren't even worth counting? Recall that America has continually fought in wars for the
last century. My mother had a rifle, her father's WWI antique. She could have answered the survey truthfully, yes, she had a firearm. Did it even
fire? Who knows! Alas, it was stolen.
How should police/military.law enforcement "count"? America is a police state, I'm not sure how that should undermine my point at all, quite the
contrary. Should we count "households" with firearms on the military bases?
Here's something the average American will probably agree with: Most of the people they know who are into guns, have multiple firearms. How
"should" we count these people? In marketing/sales, there is something known as the "80/20" rule. In general, 20% of people who buy a product,
buy 80% of the product! Certainly, someone can mention "millions" of guns in America, but why not mention the fact that they are in police,
military, and gun enthusiast hands a very high percentage of the time?
Should we count rural people who must face predators, or farmers who may have to kill wolves or coyotes preying on their cattle? Well certainly! But
then, don't go and compare numbers in a nation where this is a factor, to nations that are nothing but wall-to-wall cities. Apples and oranges.
Statistics have always been abused, and perhaps my number is low, who would be able to really tell? But I would submit that it is highly likely that
pro-gun control numbers are high.
Here's an example of what I mean, although others have raised the issue before me. According to the WWW Gun Defense Clock, every 13 seconds an
American gun owner uses a firearm to thwart criminals. That adds up to over 4.5 million defenses this week, according to their "clock".
How exactly do the "statistics" reflect this important issue? Mostly, BACKWARDS!!
If a homeowner should justifiably shoot an intruder, perhaps preventing his daughters from being raped and killed, etc., the police will list this as
a "gun related homicide". Not that such abbreviated categorization is incorrect, but it does not reflect the reality of what took place.
Later, gun control nuts will add up their statistics! Millions of "gun related homicides", and yet what portion of those PREVENTED rapes and
murders? No, they're not even interested in that kind of info!
This is not an easy issue to tackle with statistics, as anyone should be able to see. Again, perhaps my estimates are "low", but I am convinced
that most of the stats are too high.
Also, I would like to see serious, up-to-date info on this issue one day, although finding anything unbiased would be a pipe-dream. Most everything
seems to be from the mid-90's, and in the 15 years since, I can only see the American "gun culture" (as you call it) in massive decline.