Many people assume that as a country with such high crime rates, it’s safe to say that most Americans own firearms. This is not necessarily true, as firearm-related accidents continue to rise. The number of licensed dealers has been falling since the 80’s, but there are still plenty of gun stores and sellers. So, why the large number of guns sold by private sellers?
There are actually many gun dealers and private sellers, but the number of private sellers has actually fallen. For some reason, when this is rational from a consumer point of view, the statistics are not great for the firearms industry. Private sellers still serve as the backbone of the gun market, because without them, it would be impossible for people to get new guns. Guns were always the main weapons used by hunters, for many years now. In fact, without hunting, no business on earth could exist, because people wouldn’t have any need for guns.
So, as a result of all that gun control stuff, many people decide they don’t need guns. This is also fair. If a person decides that they don’t want to defend themselves or their family, then they should not have a gun. This isn’t rocket science; it’s common sense. However, some things are not common sense, and this is one of those things.
It’s a bit unfair to assume that all gun owners are potential enemies, or at least less than honorable. As far as how many Americans own firearms, a good number would probably be over one million, plus the number that have just a few guns, may be even more than a million. Some people don’t even own a gun, they just live in areas where it is against the law to own one. These are called “soft target” states, where it is against the law to own anything that can shoot live ammunition.
While there is some argument about how many Americans own firearms, it is safe to say that most of them own some sort of firearm. If you don’t have a gun, then you are part of the problem. The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms, which includes both firearms and other weapons. Other rights guaranteed by the constitution also include the right to stand trial by impartial judges, the right to carry arms in various times of the year, and the right to keep and bear arms in public places, except when specifically allowed to do otherwise. There are other constitutional provisions that govern various aspects of American government, including the right to peacefully protest, freedom of speech and media, and even the right of women to vote.
So why do so many people feel so threatened by gun ownership in the United States? It’s almost as if the citizens of America believe that we are better than any other country, and that we should defend ourselves with everything that we have, including our very own guns. It’s almost like the second amendment was created just for the American people. Nevertheless, there is no reason for American citizens to feel especially threatened by their government or the American way of life, unless they are willfully trying to start a shooting war. Unfortunately, there is no real way to tell how many Americans own guns, but the number seems to be increasing all the time.