National Firearm Survey 2015: Are you a “Hardcore Super Owner”?
(whatever the hell THAT means! – Guffaw)
There’s a new word out there. I’m sure T-shirts, stickers and morale patches are being produced as you read this.
The word is Hardcore Super Owner and apparently we – I am one(!) – are on the rise.
To join the club, you have to own 17 or more guns.
The survey results from the study made by public health researchers at the Harvard and Northeastern universities are still unpublished, but through the Guardian(!?) we get a preview into some of the results.
I’m far from being an expert in statistics, but I’ll begin with saying that I don’t think a survey done on less than 4 000 people (Americans) conducted online by a market research company can tell the truth.
There is also a national panel being paid (or “compensated”) represented in the statistics. There might be “indications” in the survey, but we’ll never get the truth.
The market research company that conducted the tests was: GfK http://www.gfk.com/
According to the numbers in the Guardian, the estimation is that America’s gun stock has increased by 70 million guns since 1994, to a total of around 265 million guns.
Surprisingly – if we trust the figures – the amount of owners has decreased from 25% to 22%.
More guns in fewer hands, according to the study. I have a feeling that gun ownership is on the rise, not decline, and spreading to more individuals.
According to the estimates, 133 million of the 265 million guns (about 50%) are owned by only 3% of the Americans.
The survey also states that about 400 000 guns are stolen each year.
So if you own 17 or more guns, you are classified as a Hardcore Super Owner!
Some more “facts” from the study:
The average American gun owner owns 3 guns.
Almost 8 million Americans own between 8 and 140 guns.