Let’s Talk About Guns



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.




7 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Guns

  1. From another Friend of the Blog:
    osted without comment except to say, yeah, I do want to take your guns away. Other than that, I agree 100%
    Yesterday at 6:44am · Edited ·
    In 2013, the number of American police officers shot dead in the line of duty = 27
    In 2013, the number of preschoolers shot dead = 82

    Two weeks ago, my second and fourth grade daughters came home from school and told me that they’d had a “code red drill in case someone tries to kill us. We had to all hide in the bathroom together and be really quiet. It was really scary but the teacher said if there was a real man with a gun trying to find us, she’d cover us up and protect us from him. Tommy started crying. I tried to be brave.”

    My three-year-old nephew had the same drill at his preschool in Virginia. Three-year-old American babies and teachers—hiding in bathrooms, holding hands, preparing for death. We are saying to teachers: arm yourselves and fight men with assault weapons because we are too cowardly to fight the gun lobby. We are saying to a terrified generation of American children—WE WILL NOT DO WHAT IT TAKES TO PROTECT YOU. WE WILL NOT EVEN TRY. So just be very quiet, hide and wait. Hold your breath. Shhh.

    I’ve decided not to be very quiet, hide and wait anymore. I’m done offering prayers and condolences and instead I offer my fury and my creativity and my fire and my energy and my sanity and my love. I’ve joined my voice to the ‪#‎gunsense‬ movement and I’ve got my beginner boots back on and I’m learning. If you are a gun owner who believes in sensible gun reform—let us join forces. If you are not a gun owner (like me and Craig) and you believe in sensible gun reform, let us join forces. If you are someone who can look at the statistics of gun violence in this country and refuse to enter a conversation about change: well—I don’t even know what to say. Except that I’m not talking about taking your guns. I’m talking about taking your non-existent right to an assault weapon without a damn background check. If you can tell me that your right to an assault weapon without a background check is more important than my child’s right to stop preparing for her own death at school—well then, I’ll see you on the other side of the march.

    We’ve got BOOKS banned in this country to “keep our kids safe” but we won’t ban assault weapons to keep them safe. Lord, have mercy. And please let us not use tired arguments like “Bad guys will get guns anyway.” Yes, bad guys will also run red lights. We still have traffic laws. Bad guys will still rape. We still have laws against rape. Let us not be ridiculous while our babies are dying.

    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for pissed off parents to do and say nothing.

    Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with the parents. Let us choose the lives of our children over the money of the gun lobby. Let us stop being quiet and hiding and get loud.

    Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Everytown for Gun Safety
    Americans for Responsible Solutions Nicholas Kristof

  2. Check the head meds the shooter was on, this is a mental health issue, not gun ownership- as was the past horrors that have been committed.

    Put money towards mental health in this country, not money to Bloomberg and people protected by personal security telling us we don’t need to protect ourselves. You want stats, take a look at crime in Chicago before and after their recent gun laws.

  3. From a friend of the blog:
    After various large scale gun massacres, I wrote to my legislators and
    others such as NYC then mayor Michael Bloomberg. I got canned replies
    where it was fairly obvious no one had read my proposals.

    One was a tax on ammo to cover the cost of gun violence. At current
    sales, and the cost of deaths only (wounded are far more numerous) it
    would have taken a tax of $6 per round. Clearly the number of ammo sales
    would drop, as would the tax revenue, which I had hoped would be shared
    with cities, counties, states and the feds to deal with the carnage. Gun
    owners I have found insist on being part of the problem, and want
    nothing to do with solutions.

    My second proposal was to promote the use of technology available that
    essentially bar codes ammo, such that at a crime scene it can be quickly
    determined who purchased this ammo (shell casings and bullets)—I believe
    there would be far less indiscriminate use of guns and their mayhem.

    I applaud Ms. Clinton for proposing to close loopholes like internet and
    gun show sales.

  4. The number of people who own guns is higher than 33% I don’t have to look it up. You just need to get the facts straight by putting the “Real” number of gun owners. Figures Lie and Liars Figure.

    • America?
      John Lott

      By John R. Lott Published March 12, 2015 FoxNews.com
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      We should be very careful of relying too heavily on polling to gauge the level of gun ownership.

      But those claims are likely overblown.

      We should be very careful of relying too heavily on polling to gauge the level of gun ownership.

      Surely, gun control advocates such as GSS director Tom Smith view this decline as a good thing. In a 2003 book of mine, I quoted Smith as saying that the large drop in gun ownership would “make it easier for politicians to do the right thing on guns” and pass more restrictive regulations.

      Other gun control advocates have mentioned to me that they hope that if people believe fewer people own guns, that may cause others to rethink their decision to own one themselves. It is part of the reason they dramatically exaggerate the risks of having guns in the home.

      The Associated Press and Time ignored other polls by Gallup and ABC News/Washington Post. These polls show that gun ownership rates have been flat over the same period. According to Gallup, household gun ownership has ranged from 51 percent in 1994 to 34 percent in 1999. In 2014, it was at 42 percent – comparable to the 43-45 percent figures during the 1970s.

      A 2011 Gallup poll with the headline “Self-Reported Gun Ownership in U.S. Is Highest Since 1993” appears to have gotten no news coverage.

      The ABC News/Washington Post poll shows an even more stable pattern, with household gun ownership between 44 and 46 percent in 1999. In 2013, the ownership rate was 43 percent.

      There are other measures that suggest that we should be very careful of relying too heavily on polling to gauge the level of gun ownership. For example, the nationally number of concealed handgun permits has soared over the last decade: rising from about 2.7 million in 1999 to 4.6 million in 2007 to 11.1 million in 2014. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) shows that the number of gun purchases has grown dramatically over time – doubling from 2006 to 2014.

      In Illinois, to own a gun people are required to obtain a Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card. The number of people with those cards as soared from a little over 1 million in 2010 to 1.8 million this month.

      • To quote your own post, “We should be very careful of relying too heavily on polling to gauge the level of gun ownership.”

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