Without question, the harder anti-gun interests push toward confiscation and neutering the Second Amendment to the Constitution, the more the citizenry responds by buying more guns and ammo.
Couple that with the threats of global terrorism, both abroad and here in the Homeland, and it is both logical and understandable that folks would want to make certain they have the means of self/home defense.
SOARING GUN SALES have been triggered in large part by the AR type of rifle, known by some as the Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR).
Add to all of that an increase in the number of folks who like to hunt and shoot recreationally, and the bottom line is that more guns are going into the hands of normal citizens. This is reflected in statistics provided by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE).
The BATFE Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Export Report released recently had the final tally of statistics for the year 2014 (the report trails by at least a year). That report showed that there were 3,379,549 rifles, 3,633,454 pistols, 744,047 revolvers, 935,411 shotguns and 358,165 miscellaneous firearms manufactured in the U.S. in the year 2014. Exports that year were 207,934 rifles, 126,316 pistols, 25,521 revolvers, 60,377 shotguns and 784 miscellaneous firearms.
If my calculations are correct from that data, it means that just over 9 million guns were manufactured in the U.S. that year (9,050,626), and that 420,932 were exported, leaving a net gain of 8,629,694 guns in the system. That’s a whole lot of bang, so to speak.
This is an interesting report for anyone who wants to know about such things. Check it out at https://www.atf.gov/firearms/docs/afmer-2014-final-report-cover-revised-format-2-17-16/download.
The estimated population of the U.S. in 2014 was 318,907,401. That means that during the year 2014, there was a new gun here in the U.S. for every 36.95 people (men, women and children). That’s a whole lot of gun buying.
To put things in a bit of a different light, consider that during the many years of the Obama administration, gun sales soared to historic levels. That said, the average of a new gun for every 36.95 people in the country in a single year can be divided by at least seven, meaning that during the Obama administration, there has been a new gun made in the U.S. on average for every 5.27 people in the country.
Although no one knows the exact number, estimates are that there are well over 300 million (probably more than 320 million) civilian-owned guns in the United States. That’s an average of right at one gun per person.
Interestingly, anti-gun folks often like to portray the U.S. as armorer of the world, alleging that guns from this country are causing havoc around the planet. Yet, in 2014, a tiny 4.65% of the guns manufactured in the U.S. left the country.
Or, put another way, since there is evidence that the federal government itself was involved in allowing guns to go out of the country illegally, one must recognize that the tiny number of legitimate exports has no significant impact on the global arms trade.
The beat goes on.