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Mon Mar 11, 2013, 06:48 AM

Share of Homes With Guns Shows 4-Decade Decline

The share of American households with guns has declined over the past four decades, a national survey shows, with some of the most surprising drops in the South and the Western mountain states, where guns are deeply embedded in the culture.

The gun ownership rate has fallen across a broad cross section of households since the early 1970s, according to data from the General Social Survey, a public opinion survey conducted every two years that asks a sample of American adults if they have guns at home, among other questions.

The rate has dropped in cities large and small, in suburbs and rural areas and in all regions of the country. It has fallen among households with children, and among those without. It has declined for households that say they are very happy, and for those that say they are not. It is down among churchgoers and those who never sit in pews.

The household gun ownership rate has fallen from an average of 50 percent in the 1970s to 49 percent in the 1980s, 43 percent in the 1990s and 35 percent in the 2000s, according to the survey data, analyzed by The New York Times.




http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/us/rate-of-gun-ownership-is-down-survey-shows.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130310&_r=0


So with all the talk of gun sales at an all time high, this must mean that someone has a whole lot of guns.

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onehandle Mar 2013 #1
liberal N proud Mar 2013 #2
TheCowsCameHome Mar 2013 #4
liberal N proud Mar 2013 #5
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Hoyt Mar 2013 #7
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isights Mar 2013 #8

Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Mar 11, 2013, 07:14 AM

1. Much fewer homes with guns. A concentration of guns in the hands of this 'diverse' group --->

As the country blues and populates, guns are becoming a pariah.



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Response to onehandle (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 11, 2013, 07:25 AM

2. Yeah, that is a very diverse group

And each of them would tell you that.



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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 11, 2013, 07:30 AM

4. I see plenty of blacks there.....

..........if you count what's spread out on the tables.

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Response to TheCowsCameHome (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 11, 2013, 07:31 AM

5. But where is the camo

I expected to see camo wearing types.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 11, 2013, 07:37 AM

6. They're invisible, silly. (It's really good camo)

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Response to onehandle (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 11, 2013, 08:22 AM

7. Sadly, handguns have not been a focus of gun control. They should be.


Every recent photo I see from gun shows/stores look the same -- white guys arming up to quell their irrational fears, and/or bolster their sagging self-esteem. A sad lot, indeed.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Mar 11, 2013, 07:28 AM

3. Those home-grown militia types lap everything up.

The sane folk are outnumbered.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Mar 11, 2013, 06:34 PM

8. Trend reversing?

GSS, NOPR, Gallup, and other polls all agree: ownership has been steadily declining since the 1970s.

The broad trend, however, seems to be reversing. The latest NBC/WSJ poll indicates that the number of households reporting gun ownership rose a full percentage point in just one month, reaching 42% as of February, 2013.

Polling data, NICS background check data, CDC data, and recent firearm sales figures all seem to confirm the increase.

GUNFAQ: http://www.gunfaq.org/2013/03/four-decade-decline-in-gun-ownership/

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