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  •  Yeah, I just ran the numbers... (8+ / 0-)

    According to the Census Bureau, there are 114,761,359 households in the U.S.

    The number of guns in the U.S., according to reports, is 310,000,000

    So if 35% of U.S. households have a gun in them, that means that 310,000,000 guns are in 40,166,476 households.

    That means that the average gun-owning household owns 7.72 guns.

    Let's assume that a large number of households with guns have one gun, whether someone in the household purchased the gun or inherited it. (That's an assumption.)

    That means that a large number of weapons are concentrated in relatively few hands in this country.

    So, no, most Americans do not come in contact with guns, just because there are 310,000,000 in circulation.

    •  the ugly part of the story is "access" and the (3+ / 0-)
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      informal economy (theft, sales and transfers) of unaccounted-for gun circulation (see Chicago)

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      by annieli on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 11:49:20 AM PST

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    •  Do those numbers include guns (0+ / 0-)

      waiting to be sold in gunshops, "owned" by the store's owner?

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      by Gentle Giant on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 12:01:54 PM PST

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    •  While I don't know many households with guns (0+ / 0-)

      all the households I know with guns have more than one. It's an admittedly small sample of two households.

      One was a hunting household: dad had a shotgun and a rifle, number one son had a shotgun and a rifle, number two son had a rifle.

      The other was an urban protect my family household: Husband had two pistols, one in the bedroom, the other in the living room, and he bought a third for his wife (don't know where she kept it.)

      If I were to make assumptions about the number of guns in a typical gun owning household, I'd go with two or three, especially in rural hunting households.

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      by Orinoco on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 01:39:04 PM PST

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