The anti-gun crowd is getting a bit smarter about how to reach their gun control goals. That should worry us, but here I’m snickering over this idea of “super-owners.”
So if I own 17 guns, I’m a “super-owner”? What if I own…uh…way more than 17?
Half of all guns in private hands ― about 133 million of them ― are owned by a mere 3 percent of the U.S. adult population. These people, called “super-owners,” own 17 guns each on average. They represent a small and intense, mobilized and engaged minority, and they form the base of the National Rifle Association.
Super-owners are more often than not the prototypical “good guys with guns.” They’re antiques collectors. They’re firearms instructors, gunsmiths, cops and competitive shooters. They’re preppers and survivalists who anticipate the end of the end of the world [sic] as we know it, and they’re skeptical (and in many cases fearful) of Big Government. They’re more likely to be male and conservative, white and often own a gun for protection.
…it’s of course possible for super-owners to overestimate their own firearms competencies, lose count of the exact number of weapons in their possession, and even neglect to store their collection safely.
– James Densley and David Squier Jones for Huffington Post in Want Better Gun Control? Win Over the NRA’s Core Members.