NYT Says Fewer People Own Guns

Posted: March 10, 2013 by ShortTimer in Guns, Media, Politics, Second Amendment, Tyranny

Cuz, y’know, record sales for the last few months means it’s all the same people buying guns, despite all evidence to the contrary.

From the New York Times:

The share of American households with guns has declined over the past four decades, a national survey shows, with some of the most surprising drops in the South and the Western mountain states, where guns are deeply embedded in the culture.

The gun ownership rate has fallen across a broad cross section of households since the early 1970s, according to data from the General Social Survey, a public opinion survey conducted every two years that asks a sample of American adults if they have guns at home, among other questions.

There may be some statistics that would make this slightly plausible if it were to account for the increase in illegal aliens who can’t own guns, as well as the collapse of the nuclear family, which often means that with separated parents, there are two households instead of one, which could “reduce” ownership, even though if the same family were together, it would count as 1 rather than .5.

The rate has dropped in cities large and small, in suburbs and rural areas and in all regions of the country. It has fallen among households with children, and among those without. It has declined for households that say they are very happy, and for those that say they are not. It is down among churchgoers and those who never sit in pews.

Okay, NYT, I’ll call and raise you:

The rate has dropped down low below a box, the rate has dropped below my socks.
The rate has dropped like a falling fox, the rate has dropped just like a rock.

“We do not like those evil guns, we do not like them any one!
We do not like your P95 Ruger, we do not like your P08 Luger!
We do not like them in your house, we do not like them under your blouse!
We do not like those evil guns, we do not like them any one!

We do not like your AR-15, we don’t like black things that are mean!
We do not like your old shotgun, we do not like them any one!
We do not like them in your home, we do not like them when you roam!
We do not like your FN SCAR, we do not like your BAR!
We do not like those evil guns, we do not like them any one!

We do not like them when you carry, we think you act like Dirty Harry!
We do not like your Remington, we think you are just very dumb!
We do not like them in your hands, we do not like them on your lands!
We do not like that you resist, so we crush you with the State’s mighty fist!
We do not like your evil guns, and we will take them every one!
We do not like your little lives, you will comply or you will die.”

And they go on, basically with that in mind:

That decline, which has been studied by researchers for years but is relatively unknown among the general public, suggests that even as the conversation on guns remains contentious, a broad shift away from gun ownership is under way in a growing number of American homes. It also raises questions about the future politics of gun control. Will efforts to regulate guns eventually meet with less resistance if they are increasingly concentrated in fewer hands — or more resistance?

Why not look at this like other natural rights?  “Will efforts to regulate speech eventually meet with less resistance if they are increasingly concentrated in fewer hands, or more resistance?”  Because “efforts to regulate”, as in – infringe upon rights – are somehow a desirable thing to these creatures.

The very first comment at the story blows this whole story to pieces:

To repeat yet once again my query concerning such surveys, do the surveys take into account the numbers of Americans who lie about their ownership of firearms?

The difference between this issue and others, is especially when it comes to guns – whose business is it?  Years ago, it was always best to never say you owned guns because they’re prized by thieves.  Nowadays, it’s popular to not say so because the question is what is the government going to do with that data (whether fed, state, or local).

Many, many gun owners inherently distrust some elements of government, and there’s no reason why they would tell the truth to pollsters.  Other topics may be lied about at different rates, but gun ownership, by its very nature, is a different animal.

Consider the opposition alone to the Colorado bans.  Those numbers are not consistent with a precipitous drop in support for the Second Amendment and gun ownership.

Nor are historically unprecedented numbers of background checks done not just on current gun owners’ new purchases, but on new gun owners’ new purchases.

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