The United States is a country that has long been dominated by firearms owners, but new data released Thursday from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives shows that the majority of gun owners in the country are not members of the military.
The ATF released the data on the gun ownership of American households as well as their gun ownership by state, which showed that, in total, there are about 3.2 million gun owners nationwide, of which about 1.3 million are military.
This represents a 7 percent increase since the last survey, in which the data was collected in 2005.
“The numbers tell the story,” said Peter Galinsky, a law professor at George Mason University who studies gun violence.
It’s because they are people who have the capacity to acquire a gun legally.” “
And it’s not because there are too many people that want to own a gun.
It’s because they are people who have the capacity to acquire a gun legally.”
While the vast majority of Americans say they have no gun ownership, some of the states with the highest levels of gun ownership are also home to the nation’s deadliest cities.
The states that have the highest gun ownership rates are Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Ohio, New York and South Carolina.
In Georgia, for instance, the state with the largest gun ownership rate, only 5 percent of the people have guns.
In Florida, the highest percentage of gun owning residents is at 10 percent.
Gun owners in Florida also tend to live in smaller towns, with the state having the third lowest population density.
In Arizona, however, gun ownership is concentrated in Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa and Flagstaff, which have the second highest gun-ownership rates in the nation.
The state with highest gun owners is Utah, with 17.8 percent.
“There is a strong correlation between gun ownership and higher rates of homicide and firearm-related deaths, and that’s a significant factor in states with high gun ownership,” Galinsky said.
“In the West, the gun-owner community is overwhelmingly white, wealthy and conservative.
In other words, gun owners are a relatively small group.
But in a country with a large majority of people who live in cities, gun-free zones are common, especially in suburban areas, where gun ownership has a high degree of visibility and control.
In the past, some gun-control groups, such the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, have argued that gun ownership increases the risk of crime and gun violence because it increases gun-trafficking. “
If you look at cities like San Francisco and Chicago, gun control has not had a big impact, because they have a very tight gun-safety net, and they have very strict laws, but in the states where gun owners do exist, the numbers are more mixed,” Galinksy said.
In the past, some gun-control groups, such the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, have argued that gun ownership increases the risk of crime and gun violence because it increases gun-trafficking.
Galinsky pointed to the 2011 massacre in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
The Brady Campaign and other groups argue that there is no evidence to suggest that guns are involved in these shootings.
The numbers are “clearly misleading,” Galinski said.
He said the statistics should be viewed in the context of the fact that there are fewer guns in the United States than in countries like Australia, Canada, France and Germany.
Gun control advocates have argued for years that a national ban on guns would reduce gun violence, but some polls have shown a decline in support for such a ban. “
We should be concerned about the fact we have the same rates of gun violence as the rest of the world, but the gun deaths are much higher in the U.S. And the gun owners have the resources to buy more guns than the rest.”
Gun control advocates have argued for years that a national ban on guns would reduce gun violence, but some polls have shown a decline in support for such a ban.
The data, however is a step in the right direction, said David Kopel, a former deputy attorney general for the Justice Department and a professor at the University of California at Berkeley Law School.
“This is not going to solve the problem of gun deaths and suicides,” Kopel said.
But it could help address some of them.
“These data show that the country is far from where it needs to be,” Kopelsaid.
“What we need is more gun control.
There are some things we can do that we could pass through the legislature and pass a national law that requires people to have a license to carry a firearm, which would be a much more sensible way of reducing gun violence.”
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