How many gun owners are there in the US? Good question. No one really knows for sure. That’s because 1) surveys of gun ownership are historically inaccurate due to gun owners’ reluctance to talk about their firearms, and 2) many of those who are doing the polls have an interest in understating the actual number of gun owners.
If you believe the latest small arms survey, America has about 120 guns for every 100 residents. With roughly 325 million people in the US, that puts the number of civilian-owned firearms in the neighborhood 390 million. We’d guess that’s at least 10% to 20% low, but what do we know?
In short, Americans own a lot of guns. Which makes you wonder why criminals — particularly in rural parts of the south — think that breaking into homes is a good career move.
Take, for instance, 20-year-old Major Payton. He let himself into a trailer in Gonzales, Louisiana early one morning last week. That awoke the 60-year-old resident, who retrieved a firearm.
According to WBRZ.com,
Sheriff Bobby Webre said both men fired shots.
Payton was shot in the chest and died at the scene. The resident was shot in the stomach and taken to a local hospital for surgery. He is expected to recover.
Just to recap for the criminals out there in our audience, we live in a country where there are about 400 million firearms in civilian hands. There are also over 17 million people with carry permits, and that doesn’t count everyone who lives in constitutional carry states who don’t need a permission slip.
In short, it’s getting increasingly dangerous to be a criminal in the US. Unless, of course, that’s part of your job description. Maybe that’s why even Bloomberg.com acknowledges that we are experiencing historically low levels of crime in this country.
That, and the fact that people like Major Payton don’t seem to keep up on current events.
The coroner just wheeled out the victim of the early morning fatal shooting on Black Locust Road in Gonzales.
— Johnston vonSpringer (@johnstonvon) February 13, 2019