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  •  Um, where is your evidence that more people (9+ / 0-)

    are buying guns rather than the same people stock piling guns?  The number of Americans who own guns is at an ll time low.  The only reason gun sales remain strong is because people who do own them are stock piling.

    The liberty of democracy is not safe if people tolerate growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself.---FDR

    by masslib on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 06:34:22 PM PST

    •  Where is your evidence? While I don't know (1+ / 0-)
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      whether the diarist's statement is true, I don't know yours is, either.  And my experience would say it's not.

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 06:39:36 PM PST

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      •  CNN cites: (10+ / 0-)

        A study published in the Injury Prevention Journal, based on a 2004 National Firearms Survey, found that 20% of the gun owners with the most firearms possessed about 65% of the nation’s guns.

        A 2007 survey by the U.N’s Office on Drugs and Crime found that the United States, which has 5% of the world’s population, owns 50% of the world’s guns.

        The number of households owning guns has declined from almost 50% in 1973 to just over 32% in 2010, according to a 2011 study produced by The University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center. The number of gun owners has gone down almost 10% over the same period, the report found.

        http://raniakhalek.com/...

        The liberty of democracy is not safe if people tolerate growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself.---FDR

        by masslib on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 06:45:38 PM PST

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      •  Fair enough though I should have said (0+ / 0-)

        percentage of Americans, not number.

        The liberty of democracy is not safe if people tolerate growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself.---FDR

        by masslib on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 06:47:58 PM PST

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      •  Here is Gallup Polling Data (1+ / 0-)
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        for the 20 year period, 1991-2011.

        http://www.gallup.com/...

        While reported gun ownership is below 50% of households, it also appears to be trending up again.

        1 in 3 Americans report owning a gun -- a signficant statistic, irrespective of the multiple gun ownership question.

        The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety. H.L. Mencken

        by ancblu on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 10:36:25 PM PST

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