It isn’t even gun per household, really. It is people who admit to a cold-call phone pollster that they have a firearm in the house. Has anyone reading this ever participated in a phone survey? I thought not.
Only one in three households admit to having a gun in the house. That means some higher number have them and are not admitting to it, or aren’t participating in the survey.
One point from the survey results: Lack of easy hunting and limited range availability are two reasons cited for a decline in gun ownership. Another big reason is that women are often single heads of households compared to the 1970s.
So the question is, with the rise in single female heads of households and the loss of shooting venues, how can the gun community reach out to get these women participating in the defensive or sporting uses of firearms, and increase the availability of good places to shoot and hunt?
Actually, he MIGHT be right. In 1970, the TOTAL U.S. Population was just over 200 Million. In 2010, it was over 300 Million. Since the Percentage of those Citizens who are LEGALLY allowed to purchase Firearms probably remained the same (No Under 18, No Convicted Felons, etc), on a raw per-capita basis, it might be declining.
But there sure are a LOT of Guns going into Households. Think of it this way. In 1970, a home might have a .22 for Plinking, a Hunting Rifle and/or Shotgun and .38 for the Nightstand. In 2012, the same Household probably has ADDED His and Her CCW Pistols, maybe an AR or other Semi-Auto “Just-in-Case” Rifle, and a lot of Ammo. But as the number of People who are First Time Gun Owners is Rising, they may be offset by the Number of Elderly Dying Off. So that COULD explain why the Self-Defense Market is Booming, but the Total Population is off.