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Over Half of Americans Own a Gun or Know Someone Who Owns a Gun

Over Half of Americans Own a Gun or Know Someone Who Owns a Gun

I love that people are exercising their natural right to bear arms.

Gun ownership has hit a record high!

NBC found out that 52% of respondents to a gun poll either own a gun or know someone who owns a gun:

That’s the highest share of voters who say that they or someone in their household owns a gun in the history of the NBC News poll, on a question dating back to 1999.

In 2019, 46% of Americans said that they or someone in their household owned a gun, per an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. And in February 2013, that share was 42%.

“In the last ten years, we’ve grown [10 points] in gun ownership. That’s a very stunning number,” said Micah Roberts of Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican polling firm that co-conducted the poll with members of the Democratic polling firm Hart Research.

“By and large, things don’t change that dramatically that quickly when it comes to something as fundamental as whether you own a gun,” Roberts added.

The poll shows the ownership is along party lines:

  • 66% Republicans
  • 45% Independents
  • 41% Democrats

Gun ownership among black voters has gone up as well:

In August 2019, 53% of white voters said that they or someone in their household owned a gun, and 24% of Black voters said the same.

This month, 56% of white voters report that they or someone in their household owns a gun and 41% of Black voters say the same, – a 17-point increase among that group in just four years.

Exercise your right to bear arms, you guys. Keep it up!


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I’m in both groups.

I own guns AND I know people who own guns. 🙂

It’s nice to see the anti-guns nuts are slowly losing the argument. Onward to 50 states Constitutional Carry!!

Happy Thanksgiving….

I know people who know people who own guns.

Just as important are that the right kind of people own guns,

These polls are misleading. With almost 400 million guns owned by about 40% of households every “owns or knows” someone who owns a gun. It is surprising sometimes to find out who own a gun. They might be carrying and we don’t even know.

OK, but what about the other half? Remember, over half of American colonists slavered on their knees before King George and yearned to stay under his yoke. I think there must be some genetic element that makes some people afraid of liberty and the responsibilities that come with it. They just need Big Daddy Gubmint to take care of them.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Paul. | November 23, 2023 at 9:42 am

    Yep. They are called Democrats.

    henrybowman in reply to Paul. | November 23, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    PC or not, some people are simply born to be slaves. They prefer it, even if they pretend otherwise. BDSM clubs are in no danger of going broke due to a shortage of M’s.
    Nowhere in nature will you find packs of social animals where everyone is an alpha. It’s the bees vs. bears divide (bears are not social animals, bees are the ultimate social animals).
    Look at cults like Code Pink — a group of NPCs eager to do and think whatever their cult leader tells them, even if it’s the exact opposite of what they were told last week.

Now we need to fight local zoning laws to allow easier development of gun ranges. It is a real problem here in rural NC.

    diver64 in reply to Oracle. | November 23, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    So far I can still shoot in my backyard and am sitting here listening to shots from the next road over but with all the people moving in, how long?

Many of us never publicly acknowledge ownership because we are aware this knowledge can and will be used against us.

I’m sure there are even more people out there who don’t know they know people who own guns because the people who own the guns don’t want them to know it…and that’s the truth

    henrybowman in reply to rebelgirl. | November 23, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    I was a firearms instructor in New England for many years. Several times I had students relate to me how surprised they were to discover how many of their neighbors owned guns, once they mentioned they were taking an introductory pistol course.

since 2008 or so have noticed a steady but also dramatic increase in the number of women who own and are proficient with firearms (particularly handguns)–they’ll discuss it quietly, or be at the range, or frequent gun stores–am extremely encouraged by this trend and especially that most of the ones i’ve encountered are serious about firearm skills / handling / training regularly–my lady is proficient with shotguns(a better wingshot than me), rifles and handguns–though not as proficient with handguns as she is with longarms(have worked with her to develop her point shooting skills) she is a formidable and lethal opponent–would not want her shooting at me

as she said to me recently in a self-defense/home defense discussion: ” you go ahead with your 1911. I’ll be going with my 12ga. ”

bless her

Went to a gun show a couple of weeks ago, and did not come away empty-handed 😉

Don’t trust this polling. The number is far higher as quite a few own a gun(s) but won’t answer much like those who voted for Trump. Most people I know who own one own several.
I have to laugh remembering a black lady showing up at the local gun store to buy a handgun for protection after several races in the vicinity. She was shocked when the owner told her she needed a permit because Democrats thought they were too dangerous for her. Still remember the light going on behind her eyes. Yes, Dems would rather you be raped and murdered than allow you to protect yourself.

The vast majority of people I associate with own firearms, most practice regularly. I am my own first responder.

What is the obvious takeaway from this poll? 52% of people have a gun or know somebody with a gun AND are willing to admit it to a pollster. That leaves 48% of liars who justifiably distrust pollsters.

Good, this number needs to increase.

My friends own artillery.

The problem isn’t that too few people own guns, or know someone who does. The problem is these people think those gun laws that feel so good to say won’t come for them. By the time they figure it out, it’s too late for them (and the time for the rest of us is long, long past.)