The headline above is the title of a Washington Post Wonkblog item that purports to calculate — actually, the author makes estimates from estimates — that the number of guns per household has doubled in the last two decades, even as overall firearms ownership has declined or stayed static.
The angle on this story isn’t what the headline presents. Author Christopher Ingraham is pushing the angle that gun ownership per capita is falling, that new people aren’t entering the gun marketplace. Reason: Gun haters cannot abide the notion that ever-growing numbers of sane people are choosing gun ownership as a way of life.
So, Ingraham slices and dices some numbers to explain that record gun sales over the last eight years aren’t an expansion of gun ownership, but rather are a concentration of more guns in the hands of gun owners. Thus, the doubling of firearms ownership from 4.2 guns per household in 1994 to 8.1 firearms in 2013.
Lots of new people are becoming gun owners because they instinctively know that when it comes to the most critical moments of self-defense, the cavalry usually arrives in time to put up yellow crime-scene tape. Law Shield members choose not to be helpless victims of crime.
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