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August 30, 2007

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Discussion Topic: Who’s Number One With Guns?

We are, by far. According to a new report, the US has 90 guns for every 100 citizens. But could you have guessed that Yemen, Finland, and Switzerland would round out the top four most heavily armed citizenry per capita?

From Reuters:

U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world's 875 million known firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies.

India had the world's second-largest civilian gun arsenal, with an estimated 46 million firearms outside law enforcement and the military, though this represented just four guns per 100 people there. China, ranked third with 40 million privately held guns, had 3 firearms per 100 people.

Germany, France, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil and Russia were next in the ranking of country's overall civilian gun arsenals.

On a per-capita basis, Yemen had the second most heavily armed citizenry behind the United States, with 61 guns per 100 people, followed by Finland with 56, Switzerland with 46, Iraq with 39 and Serbia with 38.



I wonder what would happen to those per-capita rankings if you subtracted hunters, and the number of guns owned by hunters, from the equation.


I find it hard to believe that there are 270 million guns in this country.

Remington's 870 is the most popular firearm ever sold in this country and they have made less than 10 million over 57 years!!!

How did they arrive @ the figure? I sure would love to see the math.


They arrived at the number by not limiting the survey to any ONE type of firearm. Just off the top of my head, I can think of Remington, Ruger, Savage, Winchester, Weatherby, Henry, Mossburg and Marlin as long gun manufacturers. This doesn't cover all of them by any stretch of the immagination. Nor does it begin to cover hand guns, nor muzzle loaders. "Own a gun" can include anything from owning (1)one .22cal single shot derringer all the way up to D.E.P's collection of heavy African game rifles. The data doesn't specify what % of Americans own guns, only that as a nation ( that means all of us) we own all those guns. I guess it's up to us gun nuts to make up for all those folks that opt to not own a firearm.

Matt Mallery

I have 20 myself and counting. Besides the big name brands, think of all the military surplus rifles, smaller name brands, antique guns etc. I have no problem believing there are 270 million guns here.

walt Smith

We're number 1! !- We're number 1!!


I hope we're working hard to make sure Iraq isn't in the top 5 most heavily armed countries.


The numbers must be based on gun company sales because I didn't see any survey. I guess that makes it at least 270,000,007.

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