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.Their reaction? "Nine for ten? Who's slacking off?"
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.
“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.
Come on, people: everyone knows that you need at least a handgun, a shotgun and a rifle to be a functioning member of society. So the correct ratio should be 300 guns per hundred population.John Donovan:
Given the readership of this blog, it might well - though if you feel like you know me... then I'm skewing the hell out of the number - because I'm carrying 166 slackers living somewhere... and I know two other collectors, in town, who between the three of us are carrying 500 of you guys.I doubt most of us are in anything like the same league as these two fellows, but would like to think we could muster a respectable showing. I'd like to invite Grim's Hall contributors to submit photographs of their collection, ala John's, for posting here. It would be a good chance to talk about our favorites, and enjoy a common interest.
Guns are the topic of the report, but given that Grim's Hall is also an advocate of bladesmanship, favorite knives and/or swords are also welcome.
This might include Joe's new "walking stick," once he's made up his mind about it. How'd that go, Joe?