Do We Have Enough Guns Already

American gun show, Houston, Texas

American civilians own over 393 million guns. “Americans made up 4 percent of the world’s population but owned about 46 percent of the entire global stock of 857 million civilian firearms.” That is three times as many guns as the combined stockpile of the world’s armed forces.American civilians own more guns “than those held by civilians in the other top 25 countries combined.”

“American civilians own nearly 100 times as many firearms as the U.S. military and nearly 400 times as many as law enforcement.” Americans bought more than 2 million guns in May 2018 alone. That is more than twice as many guns, as possessed by every law enforcement agency in the United States put together.In April and May 2018, Americans bought 4.7 million guns, which is more than all the firearms stockpiled by the United States military.In 2017, Americans bought 25.2 million guns, 2.5 million more guns than possessed by every law enforcement agency in the world put together.Between 2012 and 2017, Americans bought 135 million guns, that’s 2 million more guns than the combined stockpile of all the world’s armed forces.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Arms_Survey#cite_note-29

That’s A Lot Of Guns. Why That Many ?

Sure Americans have always had a crazy fascination with guns. They are part of our iconography. We see them everywhere. In advertising, in television shows, in movies, on pickup trucks, in pickup trucks, in toy stores, at carnivals, in parades, in video games, in family photo albums, on belt buckles, on tee shirts, on hats, in cartoons, in the news and strapped on the sides of most of our heroes. Guns are everywhere.

Guns are deeply ingrained in American society. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives Americans the right to bear arms, and around three-in-ten American adults personally own a gun. Most of these gun owners say the right to own firearms is essential to their own personal sense of freedom.

At the same time, gun violence – from big-city murders to mass shootings – has spurred debate in Congress and state legislatures over proposals to limit Americans’ access to firearms. Counting murders and suicides, nearly 40,000 people died of gun-related violence in the United States in 2017, the highest annual total in decades.

White adults are more likely than blacks or Hispanics to own guns, and white men are particularly likely to be gun owners: 48% of white men say they currently own a gun, compared with 24% each of white women and nonwhite men and 16% of nonwhite women. Americans with less education also are more likely to be gun owners, a gap that is widest among whites.

What Are Poor White Men So Afraid Of ?

First of all,”I’am a poor white man.

I think that poor white men are afraid of people like themselves. Neighbors, friends and family members. And rightly so because most gun violence is within these groups.

I also think that poor white men are afraid of people not like them such as Blacks, Hispanics and people with Mental Health issues though the data does not support this.

Poor white men are afraid of being caught in a mass shooting though the chances are very rare.

Poor white men are afraid that the government will take their guns away and I have found nothing that supports this happening.

Is fear – and arming ourselves – perhaps a uniquely American tradition? After all, Thomas Jefferson advised: “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety,” declared Benjamin Franklin.

Read more at https://www.beliefnet.com/news/home-page-news-and-views/why-is-fear-stalking-the-land.aspx?p=4#4UrCDXJJepQtip5W.99

Our Culture of Fear

But why are people so afraid? “In the age of 9/11, the Iraq War, financial collapse, and Amber Alerts, our society is defined by fear,” writes author Barry Glassner in The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things: Crime, Drugs, Minorities, Teen Moms, Killer Kids, Mutant Microbes, Plane Crashes, Road Rage, & So Much More. “So it’s not surprising that three out of four Americans

say they feel more fearful today then they did twenty years ago. But are we living in exceptionally dangerous times?

Barry Glassner

Glassner says it is our perception of danger that has increased, not the actual level of risk. He blames people and organizations that manipulate our perceptions and profit from our fears, including advocacy groups that raise money by exaggerating the prevalence of particular diseases and politicians who win elections by heightening concerns about crime, drug use, and terrorism.

But hardly a month goes by without reports of another school shooting. So, it’s hardly surprising that in Ohio, more than 650 teachers and school administrators have signed up for a free program to train teachers and school administrators on how to use firearms, reports WHIO News.

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