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  •  I challenge (not for the first time) your (1+ / 0-)
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    sidnora

    stats re 50% of households own guns.

    My sources tell me that Americans own 50% of all the guns on earth. They tell me that the number of gun owners in America is decreasing, but that the number of guns owned by those gun owners is increasing.

    It is entirely possible that these stats have changed drastically due to the recent run on guns that is the subject of this diary, but as far as I can see, your "50 % of households" is thirty years old. And, as I pointed out a few days ago, the current number is closer to 30%.

    Three decades ago, 50 percent of households owned guns, in 2010, just 32 percent do, according to University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center.
    I see what you're trying to do--and have some appreciation for it, but fudging the numbers is not helpful.

    I stand by my view that gun owners (be they "reasonable", "responsible"  or "nuts") DO NOT constitute a majority, or even HALF of the US population.

    Non-gun owners, according to the source cited above (and others) are in the majority.

    I don't want to "get into it" with you or with anyone else on this matter--I'm so fucking tired of talking about guns and gun violence, I could puke.

    I just wish we could all find one reliable source and deal with the real numbers we have.

    Personally, I see no point in "vilifying" 50% or 32% of the population. But, in a debate that may ultimately come down to this country's "foundational principle" (i.e. majority rules), I do believe an accurate and reliable assessment of actual numbers is paramount.

    Maybe I'm just an ill-informed progressive, but my numbers tell me that between 32-35 % of American households own guns. That is not a majority.

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