Americans Now Own 40% Of The World’s One Billion Guns

by | Jun 25, 2018 | Headline News | 124 comments

This report was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge

At the end of 2017, there were approximately 1 billion firearms in over 230 countries around the globe, 84.6 percent of which were held by civilians, 13.1 percent by state militaries, and 2.2 percent by law enforcement agencies – with Americans the dominant owners, according to a study released Monday.

Of the 857 million guns owned by civilians, the Small Arms Survey says 393.3 million are held in the United States, which is “more than those held by civilians in the other top 25 countries combined.”

To clarify – there are more civilian-owned guns in the US than there are people.

And while headlines have proclaimed a slowdown in gunmaker revenues, as @StephenGutkowski noted, the numbers are still astounding – In May alone, American civilians bought somewhere around 2 million firearms.

Table 1: Estimated total civilian-held legal and illicit firearms in the 25 top-ranked countries and territories, 2017

“The key to the United States, of course, is its unique gun culture,” the report’s author, Aaron Karp, said at a news conference.

“Ordinary American people buy approximately 14 million new and imported guns every year,” Karp told a news conference at UN headquarters in New York City.

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution preserves the right of the people to keep and bear arms. This enables Americans to have access to powerful and cheap firearms that are not commercially available in other regions around the world due to strict laws.

“Why are they buying them? That’s another debate. Above all, they are buying them probably because they can. The American market is extraordinarily permissive,” he said.

The estimated rate of gun ownership around the world significantly varies, with 120.5 firearms for every 100 residents in the United States. Second on the list is Yemen, with 52.8 firearms per 100 residents, 39.1 in Montenegro, and 34.7 in Canada.

Table 2: An estimated rate of civilian firearms holdings in the 25 top-ranked countries and territories, 2017 (firearms per 100 residents)

The report mentioned out of the 1 billion firearms worldwide, 133 million weapons were held by government military forces and 22.7 million by police agencies.

Infographic: Tons of Guns | Statista

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Karp said the new estimate of global firearms is significantly higher than the 875 million weapons determined in the 2007 survey, with 650 million civilian-held guns at that time.

After the American-led interventions in the Middle East and the 2008 financial crisis, citizens of the world have been rushing to stockpile guns. This alarming trend was significantly noted in the United States as civilian gun ownership soared from 2007 to 2017.

However, the U.S. is fifth today in military firearms holdings, behind Russia, China, North Korea and Ukraine. The report also indicates it is fifth in law enforcement holdings, behind Russia, China, India, and Egypt.

Small Arms Survey director Eric Berman emphasized that the Geneva-based research and policy institute is not an advocacy organization, but would rather educate governments about the global distribution of civilian firearms.

“We don’t advocate disarmament. We are not against guns,” he said. “What we want to do, and what we have done successfully for the last 19 years, is to be able to provide authoritative information and analysis for governments so that they can work to address illicit proliferation and reduce it — and to reduce also the incidents of armed violence.”

Anna Alvazzi del Frate, the institute’s program director, said that “the countries with the highest level of firearm violence — they don’t rank high in terms of ownership per person.”

“So what we see is that there is no direct correlation at the global level between firearm ownership and violence,” she said.

But “the correlation exists with firearm suicides, and it is so strong that it can be used, at least in Western countries, as a proxy for measurement,” Alvazzi del Frate said.

While it is evident that global civilian arms holdings have rapidly expanded post-2008, it seems as the majority of the increase came from the United States.

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    1. Anonymous

      Sic Semper Tyrannis.

      • Eisenkreutz

        NON WHITES DONT CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT

        THE SIERRA CLUB WAS ORIGINALLY FORMED TO KEEP NON WHITES FROM IMMIGRATING HERE

        THEY KNEW THAT THE NON WHITES CREATE SQUALOR AND ENVIRONMENTAL HARM EVERYWHERE THEY GO

        • John Stiner

          Whites don’t care about the environment either.

          ….. and fuck the Sierra Club, they are an uber liberal organization.

          • TharSheBlows

            The Sierra Club is a Phony Environmental Organization that sold their soul years ago to Clorox Bleach for Millions in donations to look the other way. ZERO credibility.

            Clorox:
            Better known for suing corporations than forging alliances with them, the Sierra Club this year agreed to promote a new line of eco-friendly Clorox products in exchange for a share of the profits.

            “They sold their soul to the highest bidder,” said Monica Evans, who helped reactivate the club’s nine-county Traverse Group in 2000. She and the group’s other five executive committee members resigned in May but only recently made their decision public.

            The walkout highlights the passionate debate among members of the Sierra Club over the partnership with Clorox, named one of a “dangerous dozen” chemical companies by the Public Interest Research Group in 2004. PIRG contended in the report that Clorox’s handling of chemicals at U.S. production facilities left some 14 million people vulnerable to contamination in the case of an accidental release.

            “The Sierra Club has been fighting against Clorox for decades, trying to get them to be responsible,” Evans said. “Now we’re partners with them? It doesn’t make any sense.”

            Sierra Club on Immigration:
            The controversy resurfaced when a group of three immigration reduction proponents ran in the 2004 Sierra Club Board of Directors election, hoping to move the Club’s position away from a neutral stance on immigration, and to restore the stance previously held.[58][59] Groups outside of the Club became involved, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and MoveOn.[60] Of the three candidates, two (Frank Morris and David Pimentel), were on the board of the anti-immigration group Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable America[61][62] and two (Richard Lamm and Frank Morris) were on the board of directors or the board of advisors of the Federation for American Immigration Reform;[61] both had also held leadership positions within the NAACP.[63] Their candidacies were denounced by a fourth candidate, Morris Dees of the SPLC, as a “hostile takeover” attempt by “radical anti-immigrant activists.”[64] The immigration reduction proponents won 7% of all votes cast in the election.[65] In 2005, members voted 102,455 to 19,898 against a proposed change to “recognize the need to adopt lower limits on migration to the United States.”[66]

            With the increased number of progressive activists joining the club in recent years, the Sierra Club has dramatically shifted its stance on immigration further towards the affirmative. Today, the Sierra Club supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and works with immigrant groups to promote environmental justice.[45]

            **And as we know the Southern Poverty Law Center and Move-On dot org are Liberal front organizations funded by George Soros.

            Again ZERO Credibility and the Sierra Club can sit in the corner with all the rest of the liberal shit stains.

          • TharSheBlows

            The Sierra Club is a shill Phony Environment organization that sold their soul years ago to the highest bidder. They can sit in the corner with the rest of the liberal shit-stains.

            Better known for suing corporations than forging alliances with them, the Sierra Club this year agreed to promote a new line of eco-friendly Clorox products in exchange for a share of the profits.

            “They sold their soul to the highest bidder,” said Monica Evans, who helped reactivate the club’s nine-county Traverse Group in 2000. She and the group’s other five executive committee members resigned in May but only recently made their decision public.

            The walkout highlights the passionate debate among members of the Sierra Club over the partnership with Clorox, named one of a “dangerous dozen” chemical companies by the Public Interest Research Group in 2004. PIRG contended in the report that Clorox’s handling of chemicals at U.S. production facilities left some 14 million people vulnerable to contamination in the case of an accidental release.

            “The Sierra Club has been fighting against Clorox for decades, trying to get them to be responsible,” Evans said. “Now we’re partners with them? It doesn’t make any sense.”

      • Anonymous

        Honey,
        “You can never have too many guns. You can never have too much ammo. Why are you sitting around the house? Get busy buying.” — my wife

        • Son of patriot

          You’ve got a great understanding wife. More than once I snuck one in through a window so the old lady didn’t catch me. I’ve bought 7 this year so far, just a couple more and I can relax. Last year I was on a Knife buying binge. Got my eye on a Sig Sauer 226. They are soo cool.

          • Spud

            Only thing better than a Sig 226, might be my Sig 220 elite…

        • Sgt. Dale

          “A”
          Has your wife and mine been talking. She is telling me about ammo sales every week, and bets of all she buying tons of it.
          Love that GIRL!!!

          Sgt.

          • John Stiner

            She is just planning on selling it all when you die. It is really her nest egg.

            • Stuart

              I just hope mine doesn’t sell it for what I told her I paid for it!

        • John Stiner

          Now I know your lying!

          • Plan twice, prep once

            Hmmm, so there are really the four most common lies not three!

        • Formula 1

          The ideal number of guns to own can be determined by a simple formula. (Guns to own)= x + 1. Where x is the number of guns you currently own. Same goes for motorcycles.

      • durangokidd

        “Of the 857 million guns owned by civilians, the Small Arms Survey says 393.3 million are held in the United States, which is “more than those held by civilians in the other top 25 countries combined.”

        And this is a problem ??? Only for the NWO who can be eliminated overnight and at 500 yards. 🙂

        • John Stiner

          There is a reason my rifle range target is a blue helmet.

      • NetRanger

        I don’t need that much ammo. I won’t be blazing away very often or for very long. Single precision shots from unknown places are much more effective to conserve ammo and grow terror in the hearts of your enemy. Inefficient expenditure of massive amounts of ammo (think The Walking Dead Season 8) is just dumb. Besides, all that ammo you’re buying is junk compared to good quality reloads designed for a specific rifle. I’ve got a few thousand rounds. More than enough. I’ll let the rest of you outbid each other for it.

        • TharSheBlows

          TREASON: 3-4 US Presidents need to be Indicted

          Four Presidents Conspired To Give $100 Billion to Israel
          06-25-2018 • AntiWar.com by Grant Smith
          The New Yorker staff writer Adam Entous revealed on June 18 that four sitting U.S. presidents beginning with Bill Clinton signed secret letters agreeing never to publicly discuss Israel’s undeclared nuclear arsenal. According to Entous, President Trump’s aides felt “blindsided” by Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer’s urgent demand to sign a fourth letter. Only a small number of “senior American officials” in the previous three administrations even knew about the existence of such letters. Though said not to specifically mention Israel’s arsenal, Israeli leaders interpret the letters as binding American pledges not to publicly mention Israel’s nuclear weapons or press Israel to sign the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The letters add to growing evidence of a longstanding multifaceted executive and federal agency conspiracy to violate the US Arms Export Control Act on Israel’s behalf.

          The Israelis, empowered by their $6.3 billion per year US affinity network, are ever eager to curtail informed public discussion and policymaking about Israel’s nuclear weapons stockpile. Entous notes that Israel already had three nuclear devices by 1967 but does not examine how a country with no infrastructure to produce highly-enriched uranium managed to assemble such weapons. According to CIA and FBI files, Israel colluded with Pennsylvania nuclear processing plant administrators, two connected to Israeli intelligence and three with strong connections to the Zionist Organization of America, to divert enough US government-owned highly-enriched uranium to build several devices in the 1960s. The pillage of NUMEC, a privately-held thinly capitalized Atomic Energy Agency contractor, left behind a toxic mess and hundreds of poisoned, uncompensated victims.

          US Judges are Z-I-o-n-I-s-t 3ews too, adding to the criminality and conspiracy:

          In May of 2018, the US District Court of Appeals of DC upheld a lower court’s ruling that US citizens have no standing to sue the president and executive agencies complicit in failing to enforce the AECA over harm the many administrations inflict by improperly withholding information sought through the Freedom of Information Act about Israel’s nuclear weapons program and US policy. In a brief, the US Department of Justice argued that the President has sole authority whether or not to recognize Israel’s nuclear weapons program as fact, stating “The legislative history of the [AECA] statute, moreover, makes clear that Congress intended that ‘the determinations under this section. . . be made by the President…the president’s decision whether or not to make a determination…is the epitome of a discretionary judgment…’” (PDF, page 5 and 6).

          Most Americans believe Israel has nuclear weapons and that Congress should factor Israel’s nuclear arsenal into congressional discussions about US foreign aid given to Israel to allegedly maintain its “qualitative military edge.” In polls, Americans consistently say the US gives too much aid to Israel.

          link: ht tps://original.antiwar.com/smith-grant/2018/06/24/four-presidents-conspired-to-give-100-billion-to-israel/

          **As a US Tax Payer, I want all those $$Billion of Dollars Back and also the $38 Billion in welfare also back from Israaehell because they are considered a country that commits genocide and human rights violations and abuses, and its against US Law to fund such countries for these humanitarian war crimes. Israehell is a Terrorist State.

          • TharSheBlows

            TRUMP DRAINS THE SWAMP – MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!

            News Link • Justice and Judges
            Much More MAGA:
            06-25-2018 • rumormillnews .com by Watchman

            Perhaps the biggest roadblock to Trump’s MAGA agenda has been radical, liberal judges. These men and women, appointed by previous presidents and other powers, have interfered with President Trump’s lawful authority.

            But that’s all about to change.

            Judges are supposed to be impartial. They have a solemn duty to uphold our laws. Decisions made by judges can decide the fate of not just one person, but millions. Judges that preside over federal issues can very well affect the lives of every last American.

            We’ve seen how radical judges can harm our country. Obama-appointed judges have overstepped their bounds by attacking Trump’s lawful executive orders. They have allowed their personal, political views to violate their responsibilities.

            Not only that, but certain groups within our government have been appointing judges—without the approval of the president. This is clearly a violation of the Constitution. Thankfully, the Supreme Court felt so too. Now many questionable judges are about to get their walking papers.

            Six of the justices said the appointments of the judges were unconstitutional. Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer agreed with the outcome, but said it only violated federal administrative law. Liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the decision.

            The SEC-appointed judges have long been a controversy. The Commission had the power to appoint their own judges. These judges were overseeing crucial cases that affected private businesses and the investment industry. Clearly, there was a conflict of interest.

            It would have been very easy for the SEC to select judges that would only vote in their favor. Or, compromised members of the Commission could have picked judges whose rulings would appease corrupt investment firms. You see the problem?

            The President—who has authority to appoint federal judges—was cut out of the loop. He would play a crucial role in deciding if judges should stand or not. Instead, the SEC had free rein. Not anymore.

            This ruling can open the door for Trump to reevaluate numerous, questionable judge seats. Judges that are clearly letting their bias get in the way of their job might be in trouble. Trump can allow his cabinet to take stock of sitting judges and decide if they should, in fact, stick around.

            Perhaps we’ll see another purge in Washington. Yet more of the swamp drained.
            Tell your friends about This – SHARE NOW

            Link:ht tp://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=101736

          • Leroy

            WTF, did anybody read all this

            • Stuart

              Yep.

              Don’t hold you’re breath about the conclusions though.

      • Profitless Prophet

        ALL those guns 🔫 yet ALL the real criminals walk 🚶 How about that stat tough guys? While gun rights get chipped away little by little even by King Trump as the charade continues…

    2. 3 Percentr

      Sic Semper Tyrannis.

      • TharSheBlows

        Of course there is another 10% more guns out there the US Government supplied to ISIS Terrorist groups and another 5% Sold to Mexican Drug Cartels in Obama’s Fast and Furious Program. Yet he wanted to take American law abiding citizen’s guns away. Obama thinks only terrorists and drug cartels need guns, not you. Sandy Hook Hoax school was closed for months before they set up that fake murder scene where nobody was killed and used 5 year old school photos as supposid victims and the much older kids who played along got Superbowl tix and got to be part of the half time show. This is all layed out on plenty of YTube vids for the curious, who seek the truth.

        • John Stiner

          another 5% Sold to Mexican Drug Cartels in Obama’s Fast and Furious Program

          You mean freely given….

    3. Anon

      A little off the topic but after seeing what is going on in restaurants that are not serving conservatives and pondering who works in them for the most part I think it might be wise to cook your own food. If you don’t have an antifa shirt on what might those bastions of the american way do to your food?

      • k9base

        police have always tried to eat at buffets-IE self serve ,

      • Menzoberranzan

        No doubt. I don’t want to eat piss or spit. Cooking at home is much better anyway but damn it’s a shame what’s happened to this country.

      • Kevin2

        What is frightening is that by and large the antifa types are disproportionately in the low achievement group and would therefore likely be employed in jobs to do this.

        • Menzoberranzan

          Certainly. We’ve all but stopped eating out.

          • The Deplorable Braveheart

            Menzo, it pisses me off too. I still eat out only on occasion but it’s a damn shame when someone can’t go into a restaurant, especially when they have family with them, and try to get a home-cooked style meal without some libturd POS telling them they have to leave because they’re NOT libturds. If that was me I would tell the f#$%er, OK I’ll just go to a place that treats everyone the same and would be happy to have my business. I wouldn’t do any business with any f#$%ing libturd anyway. I just dare any f#$%ing libturd to pull that stunt on me. Excuse my French but this article really got to me plus I’ve been in a bad mood all day. Just had to ventilate, er vent but you get the picture.

            • Menzoberranzan

              That’s cool BH. I vent on here too to prevent myself from blowing some of these people’s brains out too soon.

      • Eisenkreutz

        400 MILLION MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!

        STACK EM TO THE FUCKING RAFTERS

        AND DONT BREATHE A WORD

      • Eisenkreutz

        “The Alexandria City Council unanimously voted this week to rename Jefferson Davis Highway, the latest move in a nationwide push to discontinue recognizing Confederate leaders.

        The road will be named Richmond Highway beginning on Jan. 1, The Washington Post reported Saturday.”

        I AM NOT A SOUTHERNER

        I AM GLAD THE NORTH WON AND SLAVERY WAS ABOLISHED

        BUT I AM MEGAPISSED THAT BOOMER BASTARDS WANT TO DESTROY OUR HISTORY JUST FOR THE SAKE OF SOME VIRTUE SIGNALLING

        I ALSO THINK THAT THE MORE WE GIVE THE MORE THE NON WHITES BITCH AND I WANT TO LEAVE EM NOT GETTING THEIR WAY NOW AND AGAIN

        I JUST WISH THAT LINCOLN HAD FULFILLED HIS VOW TO SHIP EM ALL TO LIBERIA

        BLACKS ARE OBSOLETE FARM EQUIPMENT AND ALL THEY DO IS SUCK OFF THE WELFARE TITTY AND COMMIT CRIMES

        • Mrbud

          Technology would have soon rendered slavery obsolete. No the Civil War was fought for economic reasons. The North was industrialized, otherwise slavery would have been more prevalent. At least the South had the balls to stand up to yank tyranny. And it is still there, as evidenced by comments here.

      • Son of patriot

        Great Point all, Antifa and surly Leftists are giving lots of stink eyes my way lately, and I’ve taken to heart about eating out.

      • TharSheBlows

        Those libturds who spit on your restaurant food may need all their vehicle tires slashed in the parking lot. Don’t get mad get even. Some revenge is best served cold. Battery Acid in a spray bottle on the hood does wonder for improved moral as well.

        • Kevin2

          Thats playing into their hands. Document the action, publicize it, put the establishment out of business. No one will go their if they thing that action is likely regardless of politics.

      • John Stiner

        Nobody speaks English in these restaurants anyway.

      • Between Three Centuries

        I would advise all patriots to not eat at restaurants that even appear to be catering to the liberal crowd. It is just a matter of time till the civil war grows to the point where they will start poisoning people. Read the book Total Resistance where the French poisoned the Germans by cooking food in motor oil. Some time later after eating this fried food all their muscles would seize up and they would suffocate. They will use Salmonella, Botulism, Listeria, Norovirus, Clostridium Perfringens,E. coli, Cholera, and 243 other types of food borne illness. All with plausible deniability of course. Maybe this is why in the story of John Titor, he would never eat food he didn’t know where it came from. Fictional or not, it makes sense what he said in these times.

    4. Stuart

      “We don’t advocate disarmament. We are not against guns,” he said. “What we want to do, and what we have done successfully for the last 19 years, is to be able to provide authoritative information and analysis for governments so that they can work to address illicit proliferation and reduce it — and to reduce also the incidents of armed violence.”

      In Texas this is known as Bullshit.

      • Menzoberranzan

        Yes, this talk sure makes me want to buy some more weapons and ammo. You just can’t have enough! I practice with my weapons so the ammo must be replaced.

        • The Deplorable Braveheart

          Menzo, that reminds me. I went to the range yesterday so I need to restock on some target ammo.

          • Leroy

            But remember the ratio is shoot 100 buy 1000

      • B from CA

        Stuart:

        Great post. Very funny and so true.

        _

      • Archivist

        “address illicit proliferation and reduce it”

        They’re talking about us. We’re “illicit,” and “reduce it” means trying to take our guns.

        • The Deplorable Braveheart

          Archivist, I consider any attempt to take our weapons to be “illicit” and it should be “dealt with accordingly” aka just waste anyone’s stupid ass that tries it.

      • tuesdayissoylentgreenday

        up to your knees B.S.

      • John Stiner

        What difference does it make if a gun owner ones one gun or ten guns?

        He can only shoot one at a time.

        • Sean

          John, me bucko, my own dear wife asked me the same question. I replied like a Yankee, “How many pairs of shoes do you own, shuggah?” You do not only own one gun because you can shoot one at a time. You own multiple guns to back up your back up, because in a survival situation, your guns can break down, and always at the wrong moment. Wide assortment of guns and ammo means you can train with a wide assortment, and you can also use different guns for different applications. House to house or combat in cities will necessitate the use of smaller guns for ease of movement and less exposure to observers. Shotguns for entry. Pistols for going to the head, or eating security, or parley armament. Rifles for fights at longer than 50 yard ranges. Shotguns again for crowd control and multiple near targets. Duplication of gun ownership means you have one break down, you can use its’ duplicate for spare parts. Having a few spare parts around makes you sleep easier. Besides, I don’t have any grudge against some one owning several houses, or cars, because it’s their business, not mine. And I can use more than one gun at time, because I trained myself. With multiple guns, I can also arm more friendlies in a grid down situation. You can never have too many good books, too much red wine, or too much ammunition: Rudyard Kipling.

        • B from CA

          John Steiner:

          Haven’t you ever watched a Western movie where the House was being attacked by Indians. Even the women, children, and old people are forced to use a rifle to ward off the attack.

          _

    5. k9base

      good………………we need more!

    6. rellik

      It is no small wonder that the UN wants to disarm us.
      Realistically I think only about one third of Americans own
      guns, but that is 100+ million people. Legal or not
      that is a big army! even if just 10% show up.
      That does not include high power air rifles,
      Black powder guns, and bows.
      US is armed to the teeth and not a good place
      to try and get radical.
      Think 4GW.

      • Archivist

        The percentage is much higher around here. There are only twp houses in my neighborhood that I would presume to be gun-free, and one of those is an empty rental being refurbished (I suppose to remove the Vietnamese traces).

        • TharSheBlows

          But with a country (USA) with so many guns, why do Americans allow such corruption from our Government officials go unchecked??. Why are they not removed and killed for good reason? Why is our 2nd Amendment rights to remove tyranical Officials not properly exercised at the point of a citizens gun holding them accountable? We have that right and are not enforcing Constitutional law. It should be a crime with punishment for any government official to introduce gun control laws that are illegal and violate the 2nd Amend. Any politicial traitor who speaks anti-gun needs to be shot by firing squad and made as an example as traitors should be. Lets get busy folks, talk is cheap.

          Lets Make America Great, Strong and Moral again.

    7. Kevin2

      China has 49.7 million guns in civilian hands legal and illegal? How are these numbers derived? I was under the impression that with ultra rare exception (high ranking communist party members) that civilian ownership was illegal. Therefore by default a significant percentage of those guns are illegally held. Once again, how is that figure computed? What is the data? If one takes their population of 1.3 billion were talking about one gun in civilian hands for every 26 people 1,300 / 50. Math is math.

      • Stuart

        K2, I thought that was interesting also.
        Also interesting is that India is in second place.
        Go Curry Heads!
        Who’d ‘a thunk it?

      • The Deplorable Braveheart

        Kevin2, very good question. I was under the same impression. I think it’s safe to say that at least 95% of small arms in China are in possession of the military and police.

        • Kevin2

          I guess we have to define “civilian”. By my understanding government agents are not “civilian”.

          I personally suspect the numbers big time.

          • Kevin2

            I think the point that the author is attempting to convey via the Goebbels system as this article once widely disseminated leads on to believe that 49 million guns in civilian hands in China does not threaten the totalitarian government. Utter bullshit in concept and math One, no way is there 49 million guns in civilian hands in China and if there were that government would have had serious political problems. Certainly those weapons did not arrive yesterday.

            I smell propaganda here big time. I believe none of it. The authors are hoping that its spread gives it credibility Goebbels style.

      • Traitor Hator

        I was told by I think a reliable china man . That it is 3 years in prison if you get cought with one bullet.

      • Son of patriot

        Im not sure about China, but the guns in civilian India are usually single shot 22’s or single shot shotguns.

        The figures about the US is more likely 340 million, but ARs are usually greatly underestimated, one set of figures counts them in the USA as 25 to 35 million. 1 in 5 guns sold here (now at a clip of 2 million a month) is an AR, another 2 in 5 are Compact guns, and 1 in 5 are 9mm pistols, and the other 1 in 5 are everything else, including 22s and shotguns.

        • Kevin2

          One firearm of any type in civilian hands for every 26 people in China? No way. Its a bullshit article with manufactured “facts” to put forth an agenda. They’re hoping the “Patriot Movement” spreads it giving it credibility. Their goal is to convey the message, “guns in civilian hands do not threaten a totalitarian regime so the justification for the 2nd Amendment is obsolete in modern times”.

    8. Anonymous

      US out of the UN and UN out of the US.

    9. Menzoberranzan

      To the title of this article; Good!

      • Stuart

        Yep… and working on 50%!

      • The Deplorable Braveheart

        Menzo, we ought to wear that title with pride and honor. Need more, LOL.

    10. CENTURION

      Is that all? Come on folks, buy MORE.

      One can never own too many guns.

      • dc

        I think the number of firearms in the USA is VASTLY undereported.
        Reason for my thesis:
        The shear number of manufacturers of AR-15 type rifles in the USA, and my personal understanding of running a small business.
        Here’s my hypothosis
        NO ONE is going to invest capital and tool up to make AR-15s, and stay in business for more than 5 years unless they are making at least $200,000 per per year over costs.
        There are DOZENS of AR-15 making companies in the USA. from Big companies where the AR is just one product among dozens like Ruger, to specialty companies like POF and LWRC or Daniel Defense who just make high end AR-15s ad a the main profit center. One report said over 80 company make and sell AR-15s
        To clear at least $200k per year each company must be either making high profits, like $500 per rifle, or selling a huge quantity at very slim margins, like $100, like Palmetto Armory.
        So for LWRC or POF they need to sell over 400 rifles per year minimum, and Palmetto,over 2,000 rifles. so an average of 1,200 rifle for 80 companies 960,000 rifles a year. minimum.
        i would bet its more like double this for all the major companies. closer to 2 million ARs per year, for the last decade at least. 20 million new ARs have entered civilian hands, plus all that were produced since Vietnam.

        • Plan twice, prep once

          There are lots of uppers, and other AR parts sold that are just upgrades to existing AR’s.

          Many keep removed AR parts. Who can say if they have bought a receiver to exploit those uppers.

          When I was a young man we built hot cars, take a car add upgraded parts, lots of people these days rebuild firearms to make them better, more accurate. The numbers become fuzzy, but that could be meaningless.

    11. mr. t

      Say it with me everyone =

      “WE are the Champions….. my friends…..” = QUEEN

    12. Menzoberranzan

      I want to know some statistics on ammo. My several thousand rounds are a mere drop in the big ass bucket.

      • Eisenkreutz

        I WANT TO KNOW SOME STATISTICS ABOUT THE AVERAGE PENIS SIZE OF BOOMERS

        I DONT THINK YALL PACKIN VERY MUCH HEAT

        ILL SHOW YOUR DAUGHTERS WHAT AN ALPHA DOES WITH THE KITTY

        MAKE IT PURRRRR

        • Ketchupondemand

          Eisen, you were a bone smoker.
          did you change your ways? 🙂

          • Ketchupondemand

            Moderation again, for abbreviating it. GTH Mac

        • Menzoberranzan

          I’m gen x but if someone like you messed with my daughter I would kill you in a physical fight. Believe it or not pussyboy.

      • rellik

        My rule is at least 1,000 rounds per gun.
        I have no idea how much ammo I have.
        I follow the rule”if you know how much ammo you have, you don’t have enough”

        • Menzoberranzan

          Good rules, rellik!

          • The Deplorable Braveheart

            Menzo, I don’t have enough ammo whether I know how much I have or not, LOL.

      • Tex

        I read an article a few days ago that stated the U.S. Civilians have over a billion. Don’t recall the source though.

      • TharSheBlows

        My neighbor claims to have 130K to 150K rounds and says he has an AR platform for about every caliber out there. I believe him and seen much of his collection. Has .50 cal ammo boxes stacked side by side 2 tall under his bed. Population 98% White in my FL Redneck County. We fly the Confederate Flag proudly and cant stand liberal snowflakes.

        BYOBB. Bring your own body bags if you think you are going to disarm my community. The Co Sheriff is also very pro 2nd Amend. That is the most powerful politician in the land. Your local Co Sheriff who can order an immediate arrest of any Federal Officials who sets foot in the County. Elect and choose your Sheriff wisely.

    13. Anon

      Liberals love gun control. Obama loves gun control.
      Hillary loves gun control. CFR-Bilderbergs-UN, loves gun control.
      Stalin loved gun control. Lenin loved gun control.

      Paying attention? Liberalism is just a “nice” word for COMMUNISM. You are Fighting NWO Global Communism in a new packaged form. Study history. Liberals/Communist use same tactics.

      Yes UN-NWO-Government-Liberals will continue Relentlessly going after your gun rights. Then you will be rounded up sent to camps. Then either re educated or MURDERED. That is Communism-Liberalism-UN NWO, They want to KILL you. Read the Georgia Guide Stones. Google it, written in stone.

      Funny thing is I sold off ALL of my guns years ago. Food-Water-Medical Supplies-Small Livestock-Garden Seeds/Tools, Solar Panels, All of these are Much More Useful and Valuable in a crises. Makes little sense to tie up money in guns. Battle field pickups will be plentiful after two weeks of crises. Food will NOT be.

      FACT: During and shortly after World War II more people died of Famine-Disease-Starvation, than from bullets and bombs.

      Learn to Garden. Trust is Jesus Christ. That is a plan.

    14. Markus

      is this a great country or what!!

    15. Stuart

      I also like the photo of the young lady contributing to the ammo shortage.

      Message to the UN: Our girls will smoke your ass!

      • Infidel

        That’s my wife.

        • Stuart

          You have fine taste sir!

    16. Survived on my own!!

      And we WONT STOP until we have 100%!!! FU , U.N.!!!

    17. The Deplorable Braveheart

      Stuart, the women in my family are damn good shots and can also smoke their asses. I’ll certainly do my part when the time comes.

      • Stuart

        That’s all a fellow can ask of his neighbors.
        Good Job!

    18. Mrbud

      Outstanding!!! Next target……50% and climbing.

    19. Anonymous

      un strong cities network = turn le into un stooges un agenda 2030/2050

    20. southside

      Only 40% ? C’mon guys we can do better than that, we’re Americans !!

      • David

        40% of the people are dumb enough to tell a stranger on the phone that they have guns.

    21. arf

      Largest military in the world…China with 3,000,000
      Largest unoffical military in the world….USA with 70,000,000

      • Kevin2

        Armed civilian “insurgents” never defeat a professional army but they make an area ungovernable. The VC lost every battle (they took far more casualties) company size and larger but despite the efforts of the US and ARVN vast areas of countryside were not under SVN control despite this military “victory”. Guerrillas “nickel and dime” professional militaries and like misquotes make being where you are intolerable. As annoying desperation sets in government forces resort to increasing violence upon the civilian population alienating them and in effect adding to the recruitment of the anti government forces. Its impossible to numerically compare armed civilians to professional military forces.

        • arf

          Then Im guessing the american revolution was just a tea party after all and america never happened….The VC beat the biggest, most powerful military in the world….with sks’s, ak’s, rpg’s, riceballs, bicycles, all while wearing pajamas….What they had the the USA didnt?…The will to win at any cost….and they WON! So there Mr wheelchair general, Mr Monday morning quarterback…..

          • Kevin2

            The Colonials fought largely a conventional battle with weapon parity. King George had no Air Force. The VC” lost” every battle by the measurement used with loses generally 10x (or more) of the US/ARVN. Yes your correct on will. They lost and continued to fight and lose again. The real fight was with The National Liberation Front known as the VC (Vietnamese Communist). The NVA was capable of being defeated abet if North Vietnam was invaded. The VC not so.

            Giap said:

            “I will lose 10 of my men for every one of yours but you will eventually tire and leave”. ‘I cannot leave because I have nowhere else to go’.

            Yes they were tenacious.

            • Mrbud

              The NVAF had 16 pilots that achieved ace status during the Vietnam conflict. The USAF had……2. Even bombing the North with B52s was futile. The final televised image was that of a chopper falling into the sea off of a landing deck, as they fled Saigon.

          • Kevin2

            arf

            Its also interesting the reported dialog at the Paris Peace Accords negotiations. A US officer of high rank said to his NVA counterpart, “You know we never lost a battle”. The reply was, “Yes this is true but it is also not relevant”.

        • rellik

          K2,
          Good incites,
          but you are fighting the last war.
          Think 4GW, and the war we are fighting now.
          with American Democrats.

          • arf

            I think we all understand….WW4 will be fought with sticks and stones….as far as the Dem liberal batshit crazy libs…we just need to flush twice…End the MSM and ignore them….they will go away…

          • Kevin2

            rellik

            That wasn’t a strategy just a history lesson.

            The “war” is with globalists who while capitalists themselves wish to control the masses with socialist human resource management. We see their actions, the puppet (as you say the democrats), but look up at the puppeteer and its Rockefeller, Warburg, Rothschild (the old guard) and the new players like Soros. They set the policy of industrial evisceration, central banking fiat currency, wars for Wall Street market share. Democrats are just the ignorant buffoons that Marx called “Useful idiots”.

            The controllers at the top are fascists. They own communists.

      • TharSheBlows

        The largest Army in the World is the American Hunter. Just add up the count of Deer Hunting License Tag sales per State. Wisc 660K. Ohio over 1 Mil. Penn over 1 million deer licese tags sold. Mich again 800K. Do the math. Each hunter using high powered rifles are all potential patriot snipers to defeat Tyranny.

    22. Mal Reynolds

      Are they counting the guns I lost in a tragic boating accident?

      Mal

    23. ORRonin

      LOL. They’ve been using that 300 million guns in the US figure for as long as I can remember. Who the hell believes that? My extended family probably have 2% of that figure all by ourselves. One can never own too many guns or too much ammo. Trust me on this one.

    24. SumTingWong

      Soon to be 50% of the world’s 1.5 billion guns. Don’t forget to buy ammo; may need sooner than later.

    25. nobody

      Man… Happiness is NOT a full gun safe…I have to put a boot in it just to get it closed! Do you have any idea what a pain in the but it is to get to the “one” you want when it’s in the back???…Well on the bright side I think if I try really hard, I can get a couple more in it before it explodes
      As for ammo I am only just tripping over it, so got plenty of room left!

    26. nobody

      Oops, forgot…Helpful tip:Arrange your cans neatly, place a towel over them and call them end tables, coffee tables, and ottomans!

      • Son of patriot

        Your post Makes me smile, soo true.

      • Jim in Va.

        dining room table…

    27. Bill

      If TSHTF there will likely be some type of national gun confiscation effort planned. Because no one level of government possesses the manpower, resources, or ability to conduct such an operation there would probably be martial law declared with all three levels of gov’t forces brought under DHS control or something like that. You can also believe all state and national guards will be also be placed into this operation. Even so, it will still miserably fail. Based on my friendship with all of these types I know the large majority of those pressed into this operation will not comply with the unlawful order of gun confiscation. By the way, in performing national gun confiscation the gov’t would also by necessity suspend or revoke all our Constitutionally stated rights, by decree no less. Of course the gov’t has likely designed many contingency or backup plans, but it is simply beyond their ability to take away very many guns. The best they could do is try to keep people from using them, or minimize organization against this operation like making curfews. They may also propagandize society by trying to convince women, family, neighbor, etc. to snitch or report who has guns and where they are. The gov’t will try to divide people in the hopes we turn against each other. I recall hearing the previous president make a statement about forming a domestic force more powerful than the military, maybe they are in the process of building one.
      There are examples in history of kings and governments brought in foreign armies to do the dirty work against their own population when they didn’t have sufficient support from own forces. Though average Americans believe this is unthinkable it is not as unthinkable as one may suppose. Of course this would be sheer and open treason and betrayal of the highest order. This would be held unforgivable, even by many non-gun owners. And you can guarantee things would then go to total mayhem in quick order on a national scale with all hope of control totally gone. A very large portion of the population would be rendered implacably hostile to any authority. Exercise your GOD-given right and keep acquiring, not just for yourself, but for your family and relatives too if necessary. Incredibly enough, I believe TPTB think they can get away with it.

    28. Sgt. Dale

      If you ask my wife I have 10% of that 40%. She is good with that, and she has been on a AMMO buy spree for about a year now.

      Just got my Noreen 300 Win Mag and going to be finishing up my last long range 308 bolt gun.

      Looking at a 450 Bushmaster upper. Any one have any advise on loads.

      Sgt.

    29. aljamo

      Despite all of the guns what have they done to curb the treason? Didn’t stop inside job 9-11 or any of the ongoing false flag shootings or the ever flowing takedown of the ability to afford the cost of living. Mainly having guns has not slowed the chopping away of constitutional freedoms. So that would mean possessing guns is not a major concern of the controllers at this time. Guns don’t stand a chance against nuclear weapons but they would not produce such weapons without the intent to potentially use them which can be argued that they already have and will again if need be. TPTB are that evil. These people do not qualify as human beings.

    30. ajk1941

      I think that the number of gun owners in this Country will now limit the ability of liberals to try to take them away.

      The term” Cold Dead Hands” comes to mind…

    31. Silverbuck

      I watch some of the gun teachers , Qwinn , Hickoc , NutFancy , and learn a thing or 2 . Qwinn while pushing Crimsom Trace Lazors made the best point / scenario for having one of these devices . semi type quote ” He says my eyesight ant the best and I my only have my carry gun with me and an active shooter deal go’s down . I want to be able in the camotion of the moment to be able to make the best shot I can and that is putting that Green dot on the SOBs head and letting loose . If I’m injured I can instruct someone else to place the dot and End this . nobody puts one of these devices on everything but they Could be very useful at some time . Not to afend the crack shots or sharp shooters . Just Sayin I like Green

    32. Freeillinois

      Its doesnt matter how many guns you own, what matters is you vote Republican or pro-gun. I dont care if you have to hold your nose and vote Republican.

      • Stuart

        I believe Mr Trump just drove a nail into that coffin.

        The Republicans have show themselves to be the wishy-washy party.
        The important thing is not to vote to stay on the Republican
        plantation. The important thing is to NOT vote Dumbocrat. The two are not synonymous and I can see the embryonic stages of a new Liberty party. Let’s hope it incubates successfully.

    33. kingfish

      Nobody has mentioned that one of the reasons we own 40% is that many of the other countries have either confiscated the guns or make them so restrictive that only a few can get them. England was not on either list, or Australia, and Germany was at the very bottom of one list. Without their oppressive freedom surrendering confiscations, along with other countries confiscations, I would certainly think they would be near the top and the USA would not look so “bad” in the eyes of the oppressors. KF

    34. Anonymous

      Curious about the UK. Bet they are keeping more around than one might think. Got to keep them hid over there.

      • Kevin2

        Anonymous

        The UK is off the European mainland. Europe on the other had had two world wars in 25 years. Guns were everywhere. I think of the mindset. Germans screwed me over, battle fought in my area, guns and munitions are laying everywhere. How many Lugers, P38s, MP40s and potato mashers were cleaned up by the civilians never knowing if the hated Germans may return. Imagine that in the US. “Guns”? “What guns”? “Didn’t see any”.

    35. Anonymous

      In the UK the Muslims are being allowed to take over run wild loot rob and rape as well as all throughout Europe

      The globalist deep state cabal has that same exact agenda in the USA too only they are also trying to pit the millions of illegal alien mexicans against Americans too. Illegal aliens are being used as nothing more than soldiers of democrat/rino neocon marxists

      Never give up your firearms or comply with any gun control the democrat communists are trying to overthrow the usa and the American people and are using foreigners to do it

    36. Traitor Hator

      I see the coming civil war, as people going out , after work ,after dark,on foot , for some payback?

    37. Anonymous

      Does that count the massive police and military arsenals too? That’s why the people must keep and bear theirs.

    38. Joe

      Not impressed. Americans should own at least 200% more.

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