Monday, September 19, 2016
Half of all guns in U.S. owned by 3% of population, says study
Researchers say the surge in gun ownership is fueled by fear, Beckett writes. Matthew Miller, of Northeastern, told Beckett, “The desire to own a gun for protection—there’s a disconnect between that and the decreasing rates of lethal violence in this country. It isn’t a response to actuarial reality."
Most of the 55 million gun owners own an average of three guns and nearly half own one of two, Beckett writes. About 7.7 million Americans own between eight and 140 guns. The study also found that 400,000 guns were reported stolen last year, compared to an average yearly theft of 230,000, (Read more)