21点 www.07z6.com.cn Americans own 40 percent of world's firearms: study
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Americans make up only four percent of the global population but they own 40 percent of the world's firearms, a new study said Monday.
There are more than one billion firearms in the world but 85 percent of those are in the hands of civilians, with the remainder held by law enforcement and the military, according to the Small Arms Survey.
The survey, produced by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, says it bases its estimates based on multiple sources, including civilian firearms registration data from 133 countries and territories and survey results in 56 countries.
Of the 857 million guns owned by civilians, 393 million are in the United States - more than all of the firearms held by ordinary citizens in the other top 25 countries combined.
"The biggest force pushing up gun ownership around the world is civilian ownership in the United States," said Aaron Karp, one of the authors of the report which compiles new data from the last ten years.
"Ordinary American people buy approximately 14 million new and imported guns every year," Karp told a news conference at UN headquarters in New York.
Americans have access to powerful firearms that are not available in many other countries due to tighter legislation.
"Why are they buying them? That's another debate. Above all, they are buying them probably because they can. The American market is extraordinarily permissive," he said.
Gun ownership rates vary across the world, with 121 firearms for every 100 residents in the United States compared to 53 in Yemen, 39 in Montenegro, and 35 in Canada.
Japan and Indonesia are at the other end of the spectrum with less than one firearm per 100 people.
Only 28 countries released information on their military stockpiles while 28 nations offered information the firearms owned by law enforcement agencies.
Civilian firearms registration data was available for 133 countries and territories.
400 million is the old number that has been quoted for some time. The newest estimate puts it closer to 600 million.
The U.S has about 25% of the cars in the world
How many do we have to buy to reach 51%?
And its going to keep rising.
Yep , and we have very nice ones .
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BETTER TO BE SAFE then sorry.
And the point of this story is what exactly?
That's a good start, but we need to work on getting that percentage higher.
We also have the most freedom. I'll take it.
Excellent! I'm doing my part, but I'd like to do more.
Large population + Freedom to bear arms, why is this at all shocking?
Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.....and this my friends is why it will stay that way.
We need to increase those percentages.
Founding fathers would be proud.
I am proud to read these comments and know I am not alone. God Bless the USA and the 2nd!
We do? Well that accounts for the fact we have 80% of the worlds FREEDOM.
The liberal agenda is clear. Vote.
that's because we are the only ones who have a constitutional right. thank you forefathers.
Awesome - I will do my part to own more;)
Only 40%? Need to increase the rate of ownership so that we will never be considered as subjects.
Notice this article is written by the United Nations......agenda?
In other words, Americans have learned from history and are the most prepared.
Coincidence that America is the most powerful nation?
Yet another indicator that we as Americans are the nation with the most freedom on earth!
I own a few myself, I picked up a membership at the NRA thanks to the advertisement from David Hogg.
The Second Amendment ensures our freedoms. Without it, The Constitution and Bill of Rights is nothing more than an ideal.
The Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms, period.
It's likely more like double that number, because it does not include unregistered firearms here and abroad.
"You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass"- Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto