If we are to think about protection and guns at the same time, there’s one country that will pop-up in everyone’s mind – naturally, the United States. It is well-known the fact that, in the U.S., having a gun or more is a natural, even essential thing for one’s household.
We also know the fact that, for many years, the U.S. has been at the top of the gun market. No matter how many laws are being discussed right now, regarding gun control and similar things, the American people still feel the need to be able to protect themselves.
Therefore, today we’ll be looking at various statistics that will prove that the U.S. is still at the top of the gun market – taking into account both gun owners and gun manufacturers.
Gun Ownership – the U.S. versus the World
We’ll start off with a rather simple statistic – but, also one that tells a lot about the country’s gun market. This statement alone proves that the U.S. is far from being dethroned as the world leader of the gun market.
Namely, we are talking about how the U.S. citizens own roughly 40% of all the guns in the world. On a smaller scale, the U.S. citizens alone own more than the next 25 top-ranked countries altogether.
In short, all the guns that one would be able to find in 25 other countries across the world can be found alone in the U.S., in the possession of the U.S. citizens. Naturally, we exclude the guns the military and the authorities own, as those are in the government’s possession.
Gun Ownership per 100 Civilians
If the percentage mentioned above is not enough to prove that the U.S. is still at the top of the gun market, we’ll now talk about the total number of guns that can be found in the country and the number of firearms per 100 civilians. Hold tight, because we’ll also tell you which the runner-up countries are, as well as the exact numbers.
So, for a population of 326 million people, the citizens of America hold around 393 million guns. With a little bit of math, we round up the fact that the gun ownership is of around 121 weapons per 100 civilians.
Obviously, this means that one American citizen usually has more than one gun in his/her household.
Now, moving to the runner-up countries, we’ll see why the U.S. is still at the top. The next highest rated country for gun ownership is Yemen, with only 53 firearms per 100 civilians. Then we have Serbia and Montenegro, with 39 firearms per 100 civilians, and then Canada, with a rate of only 35 firearms.
In short, when it comes to the U.S., the rate is a bit more than double – proving that, without any doubt, the U.S. is still at the top.
How Big Is the U.S. Gun Industry?
We know that, when it comes to guns, it all boils down to choosing wisely the type of gun you want, its attachments and so on. Naturally, one has to get familiar enough with a gun before purchasing others.
So, what can the American citizen choose from? Well, according to the statistics for the latest full year available, 2013, the U.S. citizen can choose between 10,847,792 guns. This is the number of revolvers, pistols, shotguns, rifles, and other firearms that have been manufactured in the U.S. back in 2013.
This means that over 4 million pistols, almost 4 million rifles, almost 1 million revolvers, over 1 million shotguns, and around 500,000 miscellaneous firearms were manufactured in total.
In turn, these have brought the U.S. an annual revenue of around $13.5 billion, making up for a $1.5 billion in profit.
Interesting is the fact how only 4% of the manufactured guns have been exported. In short, 10.4 million guns stay in America, from a total of 10.8 million.
Moreover, there are roughly over 260,000 full-time jobs available in the U.S. related to the firearm industry. As a comparison, there were only 209,750 full-time jobs of this kind in 2012, and 263,223 in 2013. The increase can’t go unnoticed.
The Guns Are Here to Stay
Even though the government and many citizens believe that the gun laws should be stricter in the U.S., this doesn’t mean that the guns will completely vanish. For example, roughly 60% of the American citizens that own a gun say they do so in order to ensure their personal safety and protection.
It’s no wonder, given the fact that the U.S. is one of the top-rated countries when it comes to crime rates, violence, assault, robberies and such.
When it comes to stricter law guns, 61% of Americans believe that such laws should be implemented, while 71% think that handguns should be owned only by authorized persons. This aspect of the U.S. gun industry is understandable, given the fact that most criminals that have made use of their firearms against the laws were authorized to own and use a gun.
Still, one cannot defeat the statistics – 43% of the American households have more than one gun inside them. 33% of the U.S. citizens aged 65 or older own a gun, and 31% of the Americans that have a high school education or even less own a gun.
Is the U.S. Still at the Top of the Gun Market?
Well, given the aforementioned statistics, there’s no doubt that the U.S. is still the world leader when it comes to manufacturing and owning guns. In a country where the crime levels are so high, especially in suburbs and rural countries, one would feel almost forced to have at least one firearm inside his/her household.
It is also well-known that guns/firearms are now part of the American culture, so to say. Naturally, there will always be a few cases of people that use guns with malicious intent, but the laws that are to come will hopefully change that.
The Bottom Line
In short, with or without any gun-regulation laws, the U.S. is and will be at the top of the gun market. While numerous foreigners mock the “I want to feel protected and safe” claim of many U.S. citizens, they are still to live for more than a year in the U.S. and come across situations that would be much easier to handle if they had a gun.
Jay Chambers – Pro Free Speech Writer, Disaster Survivalist, Business Owner. Believes in Resiliency and Self Sufficiency in an Increasingly Unpredictable World.