by Tom Knighton – June 19, 2018
The United States is unique in so many ways, and most of those are a big part of what makes this country so great. Especially when it comes to the Second Amendment.
Here, we’re free to buy firearms and use them without begging for permission from the government. We’re citizens, after all, not subjects. We shouldn’t have to answer to anyone so long as we do nothing to harm our fellow man.
Recently, the United Nations found that the United States accounts for more than 40 percent of the civilian-owned weapons worldwide.
A new report finds civilians in the United States own more guns than those in any other country holding nearly 40 percent of the estimated 857 million guns in private hands.
In a report released Monday, the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey says Americans own 393 million firearms more than the combined total owned in the survey’s other top 25 countries. The report comprises data collected during the past decade.
By comparison, India and China, which each have populations of about 1.3 billion people, came in second and third place respectively, with 71 million and 49.7 million civilian-owned guns.
“Ordinary American people buy approximately 14 million new and imported guns each year,” said study author Aaron Karp at a news conference launching the report.
Of course, I’m sure this is presented as something we should probably be ashamed of, but if I’m ashamed of anything it’s the fact that the percentage isn’t higher.
The fact is, not only do we dwarf India and China is civilian-owned weapons, but we also have better firearms. We’re not relegated to guns the government considers “safe,” for the most part. While full-auto is out of the reach of most of us–and something I want to see changed, truth be told–we still have the means to mount a valiant defense of this nation. That’s even without the military.