“Gallup recently conducted a survey on guns, and what Americans think of them,” wallstcheatsheet.com reports. “The results of the poll showed that shockingly, 63% of Americans think having a gun in the home makes the home safer.” The only thing shocking about that statistic is that anyone’s shocked by it. America is a gun-owning nation (thank God). Although no one knows how many Americans are tooled-up (again, thank God), Pew Research tells us that there are “anywhere from 270 million to 310 million guns in the United States — close to one firearm for every man, woman and child.” But not that close, really. Gallup reckons less than half of American householders have a gun on the premises. Compare that to Yemen . . .
With frequent incidents and conflict that take place in Yemen which has a population of 25 million, there are close to 60 million guns in the hands of civilians. According to official government statistics, in recent times with the amount of conflict the limit seems to be far more than the 60 million. In the country where there are groups competing for power, despite the economic crisis there is an increase in arm sales and that prices for weapons have come to a ceiling amount.
I think the worldbulletin.net writer’s trying to say that 60m guns in Yemen is too many. Nonsense! Still, he or she does provide some interesting insight into another pro-gun culture = and pricing structure.
Sellers in this market explain that being able to purchase guns easily and that tribal agreements were a dominant form of trade in towns like Sa’da where guns are sold openly and freely but there were other towns where sales were sold more underhandedly. Arms dealer Abdusselam el-Mecidi said that Yemeni’s had a lot of demand for guns and rifles and traditionally carried guns on their belts. Giving information regarding prices Mecidi also said that American made Glock guns were very popular and prices started from $3200. Another gun that was popular was the Russian made Makarov PM, which had a starting price of $700. Gun sales are pushing beyond borders. They are selling guns at the Harad border into Saudi Arabia.
One of the arms dealers at Harrad, Said Atiyye explained that there was an obvious increase in gun sales with many being sold across the border, saying that “guns are being sold as if they are knives. Guns are hidden amongst the knives and smuggled across the border. In each shipment there are 15 guns that are smuggled across”. In the Yemeni constitution there is nothing that stops anyone from possessing a weapon. Article 9 of the Constitution states that “Yemeni citizens are entitled to possess guns for personal use and for self defense”.
Non-infringeable entitlement, one hopes. Anyway, c’mon America! C’mon gun lobby! Must do better!