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When it comes to guns, everyone’s got an opinion. What I am presenting here are not opinions, but statistics that were gathered by a gun enthusiast from South Carolina, Dr. John Rheney, who has been the outdoor columnist for the Orangeburg Times & Democrat since 1984. Click HERE for his complete article. They are followed by some California statistics from the State departments of Public Health and Justice. If you have information to the contrary, kindly post it with your sources or better yet a link. Enjoy!
Seven per cent (7%) of Americans hunt.
A survey found that 32 percent (32%) of Americans either own firearms or live with someone who does. This is down from 50% in the late ’70’s.
In 1977, a third of Americans lived in a household with at least one hunter. In 2014, that number had declined to 16%.
While the number of guns being sold has held steady or increased, the guns are being concentrated in fewer hands. 22% of Americans own a gun as opposed to 31% in 1985.
About 35% of men and 12% of women own a firearm. 31% of people over 35 years old own a firearm. Only 14% of people under 35 do.
Republican households owning guns: 50%. Democrats: 25%.
Whites are twice as likely to own a gun than other races. People with higher incomes are much more likely to own guns than the poor.
The 72% support for requiring a permit to own a gun is down from the 82% high in 1987.
CALIFORNIA: In California, someone uses a gun to commit suicide or kill someone else , on average, about once every three hours.
Most California gun deaths are suicides. California gun-related deaths 2011-2013: Suicide 4,638 Murder 3,752 Accidental 89 Justifiable 75.
The number of guns sold in California rose from about 315,000 in 2014 to roughly 931,000 in 2014.