The United States is the only country in the world that has more weapons than people, according to a new report.
The United States is home to 393.3 million civilian-owned weapons and has a population of 316.5 million, equivalent to 120.5 firearms per 100 people, according to a report by the Small Arms Survey, a group of experts with headquarters in Geneva.
It is significantly more than in Canada, where a population of 36.6 million people possesses 12.7 million weapons, equivalent to 34.7 firearms per 100 people. And Mexico, home to 130.2 million people and 16.9 million weapons, has a concentration of only 12.9 firearms per 100 people.
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The small Faulkland Islands, with a population of 3,000 and 2,000 privately owned pistols, rank second behind the US. UU As for the concentration of firearms in residents to 62.1 per 100 people.
Yemen ranks third, with 14.9 million and a population of 28.1 million, for a concentration of 52.8 guns per 100 people.
Households that do have weapons are accumulating. – Andrew Patrick, spokesperson for The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Globally, approximately 857 firearms were owned by civilians at the end of 2017, the most recent year for which data are available.
While the United States has more than one weapon per person, the majority (69 percent) of Americans currently do not possess a firearm, according to a 2017 Pew Research Center survey. In addition, two-thirds of gun owners have more than one gun, including 29 percent who own five or more.
Advocates of gun control say the figures suggest that a small number of people own the majority of firearms in this country.
"You're seeing that homes that have guns are stockpiling," said Andrew Patrick, spokesman for The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. "It's an extreme weapon culture."
Patrick said that the origin of the culture of weapons in the USA. UU It dates back to the 1970s when the courier from the National Rifle Association began to equate gun ownership with freedom.
"Our organization also believes that we should be free from armed violence," he said.
The NRA did not respond to multiple requests for comments.
This 1982 announcement by the National Rifle Association presents an 8-year-old boy who was a member of the organization
Patrick said things could be changing, particularly since the school in Parkland, Florida fired in February.
While the NRA has historically had significant influence in Washington D.C., gun advocates argue that the reputation of the organization has tarnished after the Parkland students began an aggressive campaign for gun control in the US. UU., Even calling politicians who did not support their cause.
"They spoke immediately and they did it without fear and they did it passionately," said Patrick. "They were smart and knowledgeable about the media the way they did, and when companies began to see it … the NRA brand almost overnight became toxic."
That remains to be seen.
For example, Dick & # 39; s Sporting Goods said earlier this year that it would stop selling certain types of semiautomatic rifles and that it would destroy its existing inventory of those weapons, a victory for gun control advocates.
But the company's shares fell 6.3 percent as gun owners stopped buying in the national chain.
According to Pew's data, 36 percent of owners who do not have guns said they could be in possession of a firearm in the future, while 33 percent said they could never imagine having one.
The majority (69 percent) of Americans have no weapons at all, while 30 percent say they have at least one gun and 1 percent did not respond in a survey conducted in 2017 by Pew Research Center.
Gun owners are more likely to be men than women, and white men, in particular, are likely to own guns.
Gun owners are also more likely to live in rural areas, where 46 percent of people report owning a firearm, compared to 28 percent of suburbanites and 19 percent of those in the suburbs. people in urban communities.
Nearly half (44 percent) of Republicans and independent Republicans own a firearm, compared to 20 percent of Democrats and Democrats.
The arms culture in the United States generally begins young, with approximately two-thirds (67 percent) of homeowners reporting that there was a gun in the home where they grew up and 76 percent said they first fired a gun before they were 18 years.
The majority (around 80 percent) of gun owners say they have multiple reasons to own a gun, although personal protection is the most common motivation, and 67 percent of current gun owners identify it as a weapon. of the main reasons.
In addition, 38 percent cite hunting and about 30 percent say that sport shooting is the reason why they own a gun.
This table illustrates the main reasons that American gun owners identify as their motivation to have firearms, according to data from the 2017 Pew Research Center survey.