A New York Times article reporting on General Social Survey (GSS) results that show a decline in American gun-owning households concluded that since more guns are being sold than ever before it must be current gun-owners that are doing most of the buying. (See gun expert John Lott’s rebuttal.)
The survey claims that 50 percent of households had guns in the 1970s but only 34 percent did in 2012.
Unsurprisingly, anti-gun people are making much of it.
The Rachel Maddow Blog commented on a “dirty secret of the gun market” that a smaller group of people are buying more and more guns, which means gun manufacturers are catering to the most “extreme gun obsessive acquirers.”
But current gun-owners doing most of the buying wouldn’t explain the long waits for gun safety training classes and the growing number of background checks as the NRA claims.
Also, gun-haters have their own “dirty secrets” they don’t talk about.
For one, libertarians understand this survey would mean that fewer and fewer gun-owners are protecting more and more of their gun-phobic neighbors.
In short, when lowlifes cruise neighborhood streets for likely homes to ransack they don’t know which homes have guns and which don’t.
The result is that the unarmed, unbeknownst to them, are being protected by their armed and trained neighbors, even as unarmed homeowners fear and vilify those neighbors for protecting them and will never thank them for that protection.
The second dirty secret that gun-hating people aren’t telling their preferred unarmed victims-to-be is this: The Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that local police have no constitutional duty to protect a person from harm.
So the anti-gun movement really means no police protection and no self-protection.
The Times article notes the drop in gun-owning households ranges “across a broad cross section of households” and in “all regions of the country” that includes large and small cities, suburbs and rural areas, homes with and without children, happy and unhappy homes, churchgoers and non-churchgoers.
The article doesn’t say “equally in affluent and poor households.”
So an explanation for a drop in gun-owning households might be simply this: As taxes rise and jobs dry up fewer and fewer people have money to invest in their own self protection; only the more affluent households can afford to buy guns, leaving the less affluent unarmed.
Criminal households, of course, simply acquire their guns illegally and don’t do surveys.
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