Monday, May 25, 2009
America's Love Affair With Guns
More than 1 billion rounds sold in 1 month alone
People from nations around the world sometimes have a hard time wrapping their minds around the gun culture in the United States. One in which gun advocates scream loudly that they fear their constitutional right to bear arms will be stripped away from them with the advent of any legislation regulating guns.
They generally prevail, so much so that even candidates for office who support greater gun control usually end up backing down to declare their support for the Second Amendment. Well, they are politicians, after all, and they clearly recognize that support for maintaining guns is high in the United States. But I wonder if they realize how massive that support is?
According to the gun industry news site Ammo Land, in just a three month period, Americans bought enough guns to outfit the entire Chinese and Indian armies combined. Ammo Land sites government statistics to back up this claim.
In addition, the site reports that in the month of December, 2008 alone, Americans bought more than 1 billion rounds of ammunition.
I have many friends who are gun owners and I respect their right to bear arms. But these figures are absolutely staggering.
They also underscore the argument that many put forth that - with so many Americans owning guns - the United States would be a difficult country to invade.
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