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Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:37 AM

How many guns have you seen in the last 48 hours?

Last edited Sat Jan 19, 2013, 02:01 PM - Edit history (2)

Visually seen. Doesn't matter if you handled it or not. Only privately owned firearms please. Don't include firearms carried by military or law enforcement personnel.

I am interested in peoples daily contact or interaction with firearms. Hunting and/or any form of carry, display cases, gun shops or on the shelf at the local Walmart. How many did you see?

Also, if you have the time, I am interested in how you came to see a privately owned firearm. Was it on a rack in a truck? Openly carried? Left in the bathroom? Did you catch your spouse fondling their pistol? Was your neighbor showing off? At a friends house? Scary/dumb incidents welcomed along with the normal run of the mill.

on edit: I expect this will track roughly with the level of gun ownership in the US- about 50% of households with a gun.
Just Facts - Gun Control on edit: warning - the link is to a self-proclaimed RW/libertarian site - I am just looking at the firearms data

on edit: ok - looks more like a a 30%/70% split with fewer actually having seen a firearm. Possibly 10-15% with one in the home locked away out of sight?
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None
33 (69%)
One
1 (2%)
More than one
6 (13%)
Only my own
8 (17%)
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Reply How many guns have you seen in the last 48 hours? (Original post)
geckosfeet Jan 2013 OP
lunasun Jan 2013 #1
geckosfeet Jan 2013 #5
chemp Jan 2013 #2
geckosfeet Jan 2013 #6
HappyMe Jan 2013 #3
nick of time Jan 2013 #4
Hayabusa Jan 2013 #7
geckosfeet Jan 2013 #11
Puha Ekapi Jan 2013 #8
Revanchist Jan 2013 #9
Heimer Jan 2013 #10
geckosfeet Jan 2013 #14
Recursion Jan 2013 #12
geckosfeet Jan 2013 #15
Recursion Jan 2013 #16
Recursion Jan 2013 #17
geckosfeet Jan 2013 #18
Recursion Jan 2013 #19
etherealtruth Jan 2013 #13
MindPilot Jan 2013 #20
geckosfeet Jan 2013 #21
subterranean Jan 2013 #22
geckosfeet Jan 2013 #23
DFW Jan 2013 #24
ellisonz Jan 2013 #25
geckosfeet Jan 2013 #27
ellisonz Jan 2013 #29
geckosfeet Jan 2013 #30
rrneck Jan 2013 #26
Duckhunter935 Jan 2013 #28
petronius Jan 2013 #31
geckosfeet Jan 2013 #32
appleannie1 Jan 2013 #33
former9thward Jan 2013 #34
liberal N proud Jan 2013 #35
geckosfeet Jan 2013 #38
DanTex Jan 2013 #36
geckosfeet Jan 2013 #37
Lurks Often Jan 2013 #39
geckosfeet Jan 2013 #40
Lurks Often Jan 2013 #41
sarisataka Jan 2013 #42
loli phabay Jan 2013 #44
WinkyDink Jan 2013 #49
sarisataka Jan 2013 #58
loli phabay Jan 2013 #43
u4ic Jan 2013 #45
geckosfeet Jan 2013 #46
u4ic Jan 2013 #59
justiceischeap Jan 2013 #47
WinkyDink Jan 2013 #52
trumad Jan 2013 #48
WinkyDink Jan 2013 #51
trumad Jan 2013 #54
madokie Jan 2013 #50
raidert05 Jan 2013 #53
geckosfeet Jan 2013 #56
Phillip McCleod Jan 2013 #55
geckosfeet Jan 2013 #57
xoom Jan 2013 #60

Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:41 AM

1. I have seen plenty in the media but none in person

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Response to lunasun (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:45 AM

5. Thanks. I don't think those count for the purposes of the poll though.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:42 AM

2. Not even my own.

I target shoot. My gun is not even in my home.
It is in a safe.
In the back room
Of my friend's store.

It has never seen the inside of my home. And never will.

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Response to chemp (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:45 AM

6. Interesting.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:44 AM

3. None.

I don't own one.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:44 AM

4. Just my own,

 

but I live in the boonies, so I wouldn't see anyone else's.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:45 AM

7. Only the one old hunting rifle we own

but I voted "more than one" because the game store I'm headed to a bit later has tons of guns that I see through the windows.

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Response to Hayabusa (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:49 AM

11. I suppose if it's a sure thing then that makes sense.

I won't open the safe today so the only one I will see is my edc.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:46 AM

8. I haven't seen any guns in the last few days...

...but one called me up on the phone to chat.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:47 AM

9. Just mine

Unless video games count.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:48 AM

10. More than 50.

Just a couple being my own.

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Response to Heimer (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:49 AM

14. Yow! Do you work in a gun shop?

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:49 AM

12. I usually have lunch in the security break room at work

So that's the sidearm of whichever officers were there, and the shotguns in the locker.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #12)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:50 AM

15. Well if they are LEO firearms they don't count for the purposes of the poll.

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Response to geckosfeet (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:52 AM

16. Sorry! I missed that

And the security force is deputized. Will change my vote now.

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Response to geckosfeet (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:53 AM

17. Is there an option for 1/2?

I was at my old apartment and my ex roommate showed me the lower receiver he just got. So that's half a gun.

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Response to Recursion (Reply #17)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:55 AM

18. If it is serial numbered and legally considered a firearm then it counts as one.

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Response to geckosfeet (Reply #18)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:56 AM

19. Done

Interesting poll, thanks!

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:49 AM

13. Mercifully: Zero

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 12:03 PM

20. none, except for the guards at work

My own is at the home of a friend who has an actual real gun safe.

I work at a DoD contractor and there the guards have side arms; I'm guessing even though it is private security, you would count that as law enforcement/military.

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Response to MindPilot (Reply #20)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 12:04 PM

21. I think so. Don't count anyone who carries a firearm in the performance of their job/duty.

I suspect many service agencies carry concealed anyway.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 12:12 PM

22. I can't remember the last time I saw a gun

other than those carried by law enforcement personnel. Probably a display in a sporting goods store.

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Response to subterranean (Reply #22)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 12:14 PM

23. I think that is a typical experience if you do not have family members that own firearms.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 12:15 PM

24. But I live in Germany now

If it ain't a cop or customs officer at an airport, your chances of seeing a firearm here are very slim indeed.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 01:14 PM

25. I see gun nuts.

On DU.

Is that the same thing?

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #25)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 01:25 PM

27. If you have to ask.... please stay away from firearms and sharp objects.

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Response to geckosfeet (Reply #27)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 01:28 PM

29. Oh noes

I was just going to practice my knife throwing skills!

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #29)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 01:30 PM

30. Eeesh. Ok - just be careful.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 01:17 PM

26. One. Mine. nt

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 01:26 PM

28. None

Mine are in the gun safe and I have not seem them for some time. Been a little on the cold side to target shoot.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 01:31 PM

31. Regarding your edit, I doubt the results will come anywhere close to tracking

real household ownership - most people probably don't shoot (or clean, or inspect) with a frequency approaching every other day, so the majority of guns will go unseen.

In my case, for example, I've seen a storage unit containing guns many times over the past 48 hours, but I haven't seen the guns...

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Response to petronius (Reply #31)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 01:32 PM

32. Yes. That's what I am suspecting. I guesstimate US households containing guns at 40% to 50%.

But I have read that that number has been dropping in recent years.

Anyway - for the polls purpose, the gun must be seen.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 01:39 PM

33. I have seen my own and we are keeping our neighbor's for him. His step-son has anger issues so he

brought his guns here for safekeeping. I am 100% FOR gun control.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 01:41 PM

34. I have several in my house but I have not seen them in months.

No, they are not locked away. They are where I could access them quickly if I wanted but they are not on visible display anywhere.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 01:42 PM

35. Just because you didn't see a gun, doesn't mean there wasn't one there.

Concealed carry makes it difficult to identify who is and who isn't packing.

Quick triggered people with concealed weapons could be disastrous. I had some woman wave a pistol in the air because I wouldn't let her cut me off this last week.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #35)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 01:57 PM

38. Agreed - to a point. Concealed means concealed. That's the law. At a minimum that woman

should have her permit revoked. Brandishing is against the law.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 01:43 PM

36. JustFacts.com is a right-wing propaganda site.

They cherry-pick data to suit a right-wing agenda present it as "just facts".

In general parlance, we are conservative/libertarian in our viewpoints, but unlike many organizations and media outlets, this does not mean we give preference to facts that coincide with our opinions. Quite the contrary, we are committed to objectivity and will report any fact that meets the criteria below, regardless of the implications.

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Response to DanTex (Reply #36)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 01:53 PM

37. Sorry. I am just looking at the data. See if you can find your way past the rw nonsense.

I realize that all data can be manipulated to fit any viewpoint. Feel free to post a link to a data set that you are comfortable with.

That is also partly the point of this poll. To generate a data set from a "trusted" group. Presumably du'ers will be able to judge the data for themselves.

Thank you for participating.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 03:13 PM

39. Say about 36

I was at a indoor plate match last night (plate match: 5 falling steel plates, 8" in diameter, on a rack, 2 racks about 30 feet away, person on person, the first person to knock all 5 down wins. There were about 22 shooters, including 3 women and each person brought at least one and few brought 2 or more, so approximately 36.

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Response to Lurks Often (Reply #39)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 04:33 PM

40. Love those plates. Ours are outside and it's a bit chilly this time of year.

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Response to geckosfeet (Reply #40)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 05:42 PM

41. It was damn chilly inside too

the universal truth about gun ranges, inside or out, is that they are almost always too cold or too hot when you go.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 06:31 PM

42. My own and

I spotted another carrier at the grocery. With observation it is possible to identify quite a few people who are carrying; if they are doing so legally, less clear.

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Response to sarisataka (Reply #42)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 06:46 PM

44. i see a lot of concealed carry. you start to notice little stuff like the outline or the user doing

 

The fixing thing.

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Response to sarisataka (Reply #42)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:30 AM

49. WTH do YOU live (and shop)??

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #49)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:47 PM

58. I live in St Paul

not in the 'nice' part of town.

Cub, our local grocery, is one of my main place. Wal Mart is another. Nearly every time I go to either I will spot someone who is armed. I may have given the impression it is many, not true. It is a small percentage, yet many would be shocked to notice 1-2 people carrying at WM nearly every trip.

Try it your self. Look for loose, but not overly baggy clothing. As a person bends notice typically just behind the hips, mostly right side, unexplained line at belt level. To confirm watch to see if it repeats and is not just a natural fold in the clothing. If the person touches that spot or near there, that is another give away.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 06:44 PM

43. my own and some in a gun store i was in and a few out and about.

 

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 08:05 PM

45. None, thank goodness

but I'm in Canada. When I do, it's only the cops or the Canadian border patrol officers who occasionally visit the local coffee shop.

Guns scare the shit out of me. I'd feel LESS free if anyone could walk around with a gun.

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Response to u4ic (Reply #45)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:02 AM

46. Which border crossing are you near? I used to cross over near Buffalo all the time.

As far as gun sightings, I think for the most part yours is similar to the experience in the US as well. In general people do not walk around with firearms openly displayed. There is the occasional moron (JC Penney AR15 guy, NH open carry guy at Obama campaign stop, Starbucks open carry guys) who take it upon themselves to "educate" others and share their love, but this is more aberrant than typical. This kind of nonsense does scare people. And it angers them - myself included.

Where I live passing a hunter in the woods is more likely. I have seen many hunters walking around with their shotguns and/or rifles while out for a walk. This is somewhat intimidating as I always worry about being "mistaken" for a deer or some other type of game. It was especially worrisome when my dog was still alive.

Concealed carry is not so much an issue, at least not in the state where I live. Massachusetts requires a fairly rigorous process and background checks before you are issued a license. And although there is now law explicitly outlawing open carry you never see it except for law enforcement and hunters and gun clubs/ranges.

Thanks for your input.

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Response to geckosfeet (Reply #46)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 04:53 PM

59. I'm in Victoria

I'm familiar with the Buffalo one, as I grew up in the Toronto area and crossed it quite a few times.

Yes, that's been my experience while travelling in the US as well (ie not seeing them with people), other than seeing them in stores...though a couple of years ago, I did see a shooting contest in the middle of a small town. There were about 6 contestants, firing all at once, and really no protection behind the targets. I kept hoping none of them were nutters who who shoot at anything other than the target!

My thoughts as to where someone could see a gun in the US wouldn't necessarily be out in the street, but more likely at home - in theirs, their neighbours, friends or family. Or in a store, for sale.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:25 AM

47. I was in downtown DC yesterday

I saw a lot of guns.

I even got questioned/harassed on the metro by a cop for taking a photo of the empty train car. He asked if it occurred to me that security was heightened for the inauguration and that taking photos of the metro would seem suspicious. I told him, no, it didn't occur to me, I'm not a criminal or a cop so I don't think that way.

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #47)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:32 AM

52. The OP excluded Law Enforcement.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:27 AM

48. I probably see a cop once a day and I'm sure here do as well...

So pretty much everyday.

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Response to trumad (Reply #48)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:32 AM

51. The OP excluded Law Enforcement.

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #51)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:59 AM

54. oh...my bad

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 08:31 AM

50. I haven't seen a gun in weeks

maybe even months

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 09:50 AM

53. Just my own

 

Monthly clean and inspect

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Response to raidert05 (Reply #53)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:26 AM

56. That is included for the purposes of the poll.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 10:14 AM

55. have not been within 10 feet of a visible gun in more than 5 years.

 

and then it was a friend who just moved to town and was staying with me. it was a pistol (no idea what kind, not a revolver) with a trigger lock in a locked box. we put it on top of the cupboard so my boys wouldn't find it until he found his own place a few days later.

of course this doesn't account for any concealed weapons some paranoid nut might have been packing behind me in line at the grocery store.

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Response to Phillip McCleod (Reply #55)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:31 AM

57. For poll purposes - a privately owned or store displayed firearm.

Your friends would count if you had seen it within 48 hours.

Concealed does not count for the purposes of the poll.

Thanks for participating.

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Response to geckosfeet (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 05:46 PM

60. Only my own.

 

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