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What country has the most civilian guns?


Story by Jim Maxey - The Oregon Herald
Published on November 26, 2021 6:05 AM
 
Gun violence in the United States is directly related to Americans holding their right to bear arms, mentioned in the US Constitution. But isn't there also a 'Right to life'? Americans love guns. There are most guns owned by regular civilians than there are US citizens. In fact, the United States has about half of all guns in world.

There are over 1.2 billion guns in the world today and Americans own most.

393 million of the civilian-held firearms, 46 percent, are in the United States, which is "more than those held by civilians in the other top 25 countries combined."

"The key to the United States, of course, is its unique gun culture," the report's author, Aaron Karp, said at a news conference. "American civilians buy an average of 14 million new firearms every year, and that means the United States is an overwhelming presence on civilian markets."

The numbers include all legal and illegal guns for civilian, cheap and expensive weapons to factory-made handguns, rifles, shotguns and even machine guns. The estimate of over 1 billion firearms worldwide at the end of 2017 also includes 133 million such weapons held by government military forces and 22.7 million by law enforcement agencies, it said.

In a word, that makes American one of the most, if not the most insecure nation on earth.

Most nations with over the top gun violence are poor countries like El Salvador which has the world's highest rate of deaths from gun violence.

Rich countries that have relatively small deaths from guns include Japan, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and South Korea.

President Joe Biden says he wants to make "the epidemic of gun violence" a top priority of his administration. We have heard this before and nothing ever happens.

Most Gun owners in the US do not want gun restrictions. They believe this will lead to confiscation of firearms by the government and there goes our Second Amendment. But that's the U.S. Constitution, which mentions a "well regulated Militia." Most gun owners consider the Second Amendment a sacred right, from our forefathers. America's Founding Fathers, who lived during an era of single-shot muskets, could not have conceived of modern weapons capable of killing scores of innocent civilians in a matter of minutes, And 20 six-year-old children hiding in a closet at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.