U.S. Most Armed Country
U.S. most armed country with 90 guns per 100 people
Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:25pm ET135
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.
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I don't know if that can be trusted or not...
Some of the African nations have more guns stockpiled than people, they just aren't counted as throughly as the firearms here.
Also, production and import numbers don't account for lost, broken, worn out and/or destroyed firearms.
US production figures include the firearms made here, and shipped elsewhere...
Vast numbers of firearms produced were exported, but the gun counters don't seem to recognize that, and not every gun imported into this country stayed here, many were shipped to other countries, but we get credit for having them...
...and your point is...?
So Americans, the freest, most prosperous, most generous, and most willing to sacrifice their time, money and blood to defend the rights of others--that have done more to preserve liberty and defeat tyranny than any nation in the world--also have the most arms to continue that fight and to defend themselves?
Is this supposed to be a problem?
Nope, this isn't a problem at all. This is a good thing. The article was pretty down on firearms, but this quote:
...while many poorer countries often associated with violence ranked much lower. Nigeria, for instance, had just one gun per 100 people.helps prove the point that armed people are better able to protect themselves than unarmed people.
A picture is worth a thousand words-USA kicks a_s!
I think this is a very skewed report. Firstly there are a massive amounts of AK-47's floating around in Africa. Every militia wannabee and his uncle are able to get their hands on an AK, and they do! Think Somalia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, the list is endless..... How are they going to count those numbers? Are they going into the hills and "very dangerous" rural areas of Africa and doing their count? I don't think so.............
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