American citizens now own 40 per cent of all guns in the world – more than the next 25 top-ranked gun ownership countries combined – with the number only set to grow, according to new research.
According to a decade-long survey released by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, not only do Americans own the highest number of guns per capita, but also between 2006 and 2017, US gun owners acquired some 122 million new guns. That represented more than half of the 207 million new civilian-owned firearms around the world during that time.
“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.
Of the more than one billion firearms in the world, American citizens hold 393 million, for a population of roughly 326 million. According to the report, that is a gun ownership of 121 firearms per 100 civilians. The next highest rates are 53 in Yemen, 39 in Montenegro and Serbia, and 35 in Canada.
Japan and Indonesia on the other hand have reported rates of less than one firearm per 100 civilians.
“Ordinary American people buy approximately 14 million new and imported guns every year,” Mr Karp told a news conference at UN headquarters in New York. Mr Karp identified lenient gun ownership laws as the culprit.
“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.
Speaking to The Independent, Mr Karp said that “most Americans guns are no
Speaking to The Independent, Mr Karp said that “most Americans guns are not registered” but that his team are confident in their figures. He added that the data shows a “significant increase” in gun purchases “from 10, 20, 30 years ago.”
There are more guns than people in America, according to a study of global firearm ownership.A total of 393 million guns are owned by people of US, which is enough for every man and woman and would still leave 676 million guns. Now, we know that in the time we are ,living, crime rate is rising day by day so are motives of defence by the people. But, if we view it in this perspective, crime rate has rose by 15% from 2014 to 2017 whereas the registered gun ownership in US has increased by 40%. So, iyou look it from this angle, you still cannot justify gun ownership. What we know are the disadvantages of gun ownership, civilian gun ownership has threated the sanctity of public places like schools, shopping malls e.t.c .Schools were the place considered to be the safest, pure from all evils in the world but unfortunately, gun ownership has taken 73 innocent lives, 73 innocent students in the form of school shootings from 2015 to present. This is how weaponry manipulates kind civilians into obnoxious activities. Now, the Whitehouse should decide whether civilians are gonna perform the duty of the government to provide them security or will the government perform it.