Yee-haw!!! God bless America.
U.S. most armed country with 90 guns per 100 people
By Laura MacInnis
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world, a report released on Tuesday said.Hooray for
U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world's 875 million known firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies.
About 4.5 million of the 8 million new guns manufactured worldwide each year are purchased in the United States, it said.Because we kick total ass.
"There is roughly one firearm for every seven people worldwide. Without the United States, though, this drops to about one firearm per 10 people," it said.
Glad we could help.
That's the US for ya; always raising the bar...
India had the world's second-largest civilian gun arsenal, with an estimated 46 million firearms outside law enforcement and the military, though this represented just four guns per 100 people there. China, ranked third with 40 million privately held guns, had 3 firearms per 100 people.Wussies. Let us know when you're at 8 or 9.
Germany, France, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil and Russia were next in the ranking of country's overall civilian gun arsenals.Ooooh! Arsenals!! How scary!
What is the difference between a collection and an arsenal, anyhoo?
And I thought Mexico was a gun-free country.
On a per-capita basis, Yemen had the second most heavily armed citizenry behind the United States, with 61 guns per 100 people, followed by Finland with 56, Switzerland with 46, Iraq with 39 and Serbia with 38.
"Weapons ownership may be correlated with rising levels of wealth, and that means we need to think about future demand in parts of the world where economic growth is giving people larger disposable income," he told a Geneva news conference.
And yet Yemen is relatively poor.... hmmmm.
The report, which relied on government data, surveys and media reports to estimate the size of world arsenals, estimated there were 650 million civilian firearms worldwide, and 225 million held by law enforcement and military forces.
Maybe there is hope after all.
Five years ago, the Small Arms Survey had estimated there were a total of just 640 million firearms globally.Just. Heh.
"Civilian holdings of weapons worldwide are much larger than we previously believed," Krause said, attributing the increase largely to better research and more data on weapon distribution networks.Good. More civilians with more weapons means (hopefully) less tyranny, and less crime.
Only about 12 percent of civilian weapons are thought to be registered with authorities.Pity. It should be under %1.
And I would just like to take this opportunity to say I'm glad to be part of the solution.
We need unity in the world. And if my math is correct, 100 guns per 100 people is a ratio of 1, which is unity.
It's good to have a goal.
You have my word I will continue to help get guns off of the streets (and into my hot little hands), and promote and strive for unity at the same time.
Just doin' my part...
Now go do yours. ;)