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3% of American gun owners own a collective 133M firearms

Post by absinthe beginner » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:26 pm

Claim that a tiny minority of "super-gunowners" own an average of 17 firearms each. I'm wary of the label, as now the Narrative will be that anyone who has 17 guns should probably be the subject of "common sense gun control laws."

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... m-firearms

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Post by Halfapint » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:47 pm

Being relatively new to the firearms world I've the 3% has been around for quite some time. Hell there are guys with 3% patches, much like the 1% patches worn by motorcycle "clubs". Not that I am comparing the 2, just drawing a similarity between the patches.

Wont say anymore politics than this: I don't think we need to worry about ANY kind of gun control measures, if nothing happened with the last admin. NOTHING is going to happen with this administration.
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Post by 91Eunozs » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:57 pm

I haver an entire toolbox full of different types of wrenches, etc. Hell, I have one entire drawer full of just Phillips head and regular screw drivers.

The right tool for the job and all... I guess I’m a super tool owner and should be monitored closely.

My question is “How do we get firearms into the hands of the other 97%?”
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Re: 3% of American gun owners own a collective 133M firearms

Post by The Twizzler » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:59 pm

Not getting political, but if someone calls me and asks how many guns I own the answer is always 0.
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Post by Halfapint » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:02 pm

The Twizzler wrote:Not getting political, but if someone calls me and asks how many guns I own the answer is always 0.
personally I'd say "One, a hunting rifle"
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Post by 91Eunozs » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:10 pm

Mine? Lost them all in a tragic canoeing accident on the Guadalupe river...
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Re: 3% of American gun owners own a collective 133M firearms

Post by JeeperCreeper » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:26 pm

How does the old math problem go?

If JeeperCreeper owns a max total of 4 guns, and loses 100% of them in a boating accident, how many guns does he have?

37. He has 37 guns.


This stat was passed around last year around when the Southern Cali attack happened as it related to a public health project I was working on. I think last year the bloggers... errr I mean journalists... claimed that there were over 300 million guns in the USA with a population of 325 million.... but *gasp* not every person in the USA was a gun owner (insert shocked face). I think they claimed something like only 100 million people were gun owners and even a smaller group owned at least 20 guns. Basically saying the same thing as above.

If this is the same survey, I wanna say they asked like 500 people and got like 3 people to reply (heavy sarcasm). I would even question the 300 million guns in the USA as I believe it would be more than that... but then again, I don't wanna know.

There's been another stat out recently, the US has 4.4% of the world population but owns 47% of the world's firearms.
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Post by flybynight » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:40 pm

Halfapint wrote:
The Twizzler wrote:Not getting political, but if someone calls me and asks how many guns I own the answer is always 0.
personally I'd say "One, a hunting rifle"

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Post by woodsghost » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:00 pm

I own 237, but that is after I sold 45. Why do you ask?
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Post by 12_Gauge_Chimp » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:07 pm

The Twizzler wrote:Not getting political, but if someone calls me and asks how many guns I own the answer is always 0.
I got asked that one time. My response was "Why are you asking how many guns I own ? Are you trying to sell me some ?" :lol:

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Re: 3% of American gun owners own a collective 133M firearms

Post by raptor » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:56 am

I really doubt the accuracy of the survey, despite the self laudatory statements as to its accuracy.

I have never stayed on the phone long enough to be asked such a question. That said if asked I would answer a "few". I suspect most fire arm owners would be less than candid because it is none of anyone's "f"ing business.

The desire of some "researcher" is not a valid reason to answer any question.

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Post by Stercutus » Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:39 am

Do you think they will have a protest of the 3% like "Occupy Knob Creek"? I don't think that would go as well.
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Post by absinthe beginner » Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:53 am

Not getting political, but if someone calls me and asks how many guns I own the answer is always 0.
I simply decline to answer the question, or state "That's none of your business." I suspect most "super-gunowners" are similarly tight-lipped about divulging such information to strangers who call on the phone, possibly skewing the results.

It looks to me like "super-gunowners" are being set up to be vilified in the media, in preparation for proposing "common sense gun control measures" targeting those with "excessive" numbers of firearms or bulk ammunition.

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Post by emclean » Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:33 am

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Post by KentuckyRifleman » Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:09 pm

Stercutus wrote:Do you think they will have a protest of the 3% like "Occupy Knob Creek"? I don't think that would go as well.
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Post by Aikibiker » Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:52 am

The claim has been thoroughly debunked by industry research. The ~300 million guns in the USA number comes from a study done in the 80's that only accounted for weapons produced to that point.
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Re: 3% of American gun owners own a collective 133M firearms

Post by JeeperCreeper » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:15 pm

Aikibiker wrote:The claim has been thoroughly debunked by industry research. The ~300 million guns in the USA number comes from a study done in the 80's that only accounted for weapons produced to that point.

Funny, when I got back into guns as a hobby in about 2010, there were claims of the "300,000,000 guns". But every year since there's been record firearms sales... and guns don't expire. I guess it's like trying to figure out how many TVs are in America: manufacturer data and sales can only take you so far.

On a side note, the managers/administrators at my old job (about 20 people in a medical setting) were playing an ice breaker game similar to "never have I ever", where one of the questions was about owning a gun. I guess every person but 1 owned a gun. So yeah, maybe there are some super gun owners, but there are those people who bought a revolver in the 80's and it's sitting in a drawer and you'd never expect it from them.
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Post by NT2C » Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:19 pm

JeeperCreeper wrote:So yeah, maybe there are some super gun owners, but there are those people who bought a revolver in the 80's and it's sitting in a drawer and you'd never expect it from them.
And then there's SMoAF...
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Post by JeeperCreeper » Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:57 pm

KJ4VOV wrote:
JeeperCreeper wrote:So yeah, maybe there are some super gun owners, but there are those people who bought a revolver in the 80's and it's sitting in a drawer and you'd never expect it from them.
And then there's SMoAF...
I honestly have no idea what that acronym means and google keeps telling me it's the sultan's air force...
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JeeperCreeper wrote:
KJ4VOV wrote:
JeeperCreeper wrote:So yeah, maybe there are some super gun owners, but there are those people who bought a revolver in the 80's and it's sitting in a drawer and you'd never expect it from them.
And then there's SMoAF...
I honestly have no idea what that acronym means and google keeps telling me it's the sultan's air force...
He's a member here, class 3 dealer, has many, many nice toys.
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Post by yossarian » Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:34 am

KJ4VOV wrote:
JeeperCreeper wrote:
KJ4VOV wrote:
JeeperCreeper wrote:So yeah, maybe there are some super gun owners, but there are those people who bought a revolver in the 80's and it's sitting in a drawer and you'd never expect it from them.
And then there's SMoAF...
I honestly have no idea what that acronym means and google keeps telling me it's the sultan's air force...
He's a member here, class 3 dealer, has many, many nice toys.
SMoAF is a seven foot tall white rabbit that shaves with fire and makes Dirty Harry Callahan look like Mrs Doubtfire.
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Post by flybynight » Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:05 am

I can't picture Harry Callahan being a member of an internet forum. :crazy: Just saying


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Post by NT2C » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:59 am

yossarian wrote:
KJ4VOV wrote:
JeeperCreeper wrote:
KJ4VOV wrote: And then there's SMoAF...
I honestly have no idea what that acronym means and google keeps telling me it's the sultan's air force...
He's a member here, class 3 dealer, has many, many nice toys.
SMoAF is a seven foot tall white rabbit that shaves with fire and makes Dirty Harry Callahan look like Mrs Doubtfire.
Nah, I know him IRL. He's not an inch over 6'6"
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