GUN U.S. most heavily armed society in the world

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    U.S. most armed country with 90 guns per 100 people
    Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:25pm ET147
    By Laura MacInnis

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world, a report released on Tuesday said.

    U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world's 875 million known firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies.

    About 4.5 million of the 8 million new guns manufactured worldwide each year are purchased in the United States, it said.

    "There is roughly one firearm for every seven people worldwide. Without the United States, though, this drops to about one firearm per 10 people," it said.

    India had the world's second-largest civilian gun arsenal, with an estimated 46 million firearms outside law enforcement and the military, though this represented just four guns per 100 people there. China, ranked third with 40 million privately held guns, had 3 firearms per 100 people.

    Germany, France, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil and Russia were next in the ranking of country's overall civilian gun arsenals.

    On a per-capita basis, Yemen had the second most heavily armed citizenry behind the United States, with 61 guns per 100 people, followed by Finland with 56, Switzerland with 46, Iraq with 39 and Serbia with 38.

    France, Canada, Sweden, Austria and Germany were next, each with about 30 guns per 100 people, while many poorer countries often associated with violence ranked much lower. Nigeria, for instance, had just one gun per 100 people.

    "Firearms are very unevenly distributed around the world. The image we have of certain regions such as Africa or Latin America being awash with weapons -- these images are certainly misleading," Small Arms Survey director Keith Krause said.

    "Weapons ownership may be correlated with rising levels of wealth, and that means we need to think about future demand in parts of the world where economic growth is giving people larger disposable income," he told a Geneva news conference.

    The report, which relied on government data, surveys and media reports to estimate the size of world arsenals, estimated there were 650 million civilian firearms worldwide, and 225 million held by law enforcement and military forces.

    Five years ago, the Small Arms Survey had estimated there were a total of just 640 million firearms globally.

    "Civilian holdings of weapons worldwide are much larger than we previously believed," Krause said, attributing the increase largely to better research and more data on weapon distribution networks.

    Only about 12 percent of civilian weapons are thought to be registered with authorities.


    :bowdown::bowdown: US > *
     
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    China, ranked third with 40 million privately held guns, had 3 firearms per 100 people

    I wouldn't have figured this. I guess the men are bringing back military hardware after their serivce?
     
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    But damn, the US has 3 times as much as Canada :big grin:
     
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    I was suprised by the China thing too I didnt think commies let you own guns, maybe most are held by wealthy collectors who have connections.
     
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    Don't forget that China is a huge country and a lot of it is rural, not just people jammed into cities. I bet the firearms are simple bolt actions and small caliber guns out in the country for farmers, herders, etc.
     
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    So Mexico ranked 7th?
     
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    i really think those stats are bogus. maybe if you count registered firearms yeah, but even then i doubt it.
     
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    well it looks like we have armed 5 now we just need the other 6 out of 11 people
     
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    I have a hard time beliveing those figures, it sounds like they asked countries how many guns they had. That would work real well in 3rd world countries.
     
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    Def doing my part, sucks for those other 9 people in my group though.... :big grin:
     
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    i might go out and buy another one today.
     
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    Those numbers make me proud :rofl:
     
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    :dunno: some of them are off I'm sure. But most 3rd world shitholes are shitholes cause the decent people are the ones that are unarmed. not everyone is armed in africa, $40 AK's sound cheap to us but most people over there dont make that in a month. Now croatia, serbia and what not I bet alot of people have unreported SHTF caches.
     
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    "The image we have of certain regions such as Africa or Latin America being awash with weapons -- these images are certainly misleading," Small Arms Survey director Keith Krause said."


    I suppose that is probably due to the fact that all the guns in Africa and Latin America are being used in the street, as opposed to stored in a safe and shot at the range.
     
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    Shit, I only own four guns...I need to pick up five more to make sure I'm doing my part. AK, M590...what else???
     

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