Gun Ownership Soars To 18 Year High: 47% Of Americans Admit To Owning A Gun

Tyler Durden's picture

Americans may be fleeing from stocks in droves, but they sure aren't shy about rotating the resulting meager liquidation proceeds into weaponry. According to Gallup, "Forty-seven percent of American adults currently report that they have a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property. This is up from 41% a year ago and is the highest Gallup has recorded since 1993, albeit marginally above the 44% and 45% highs seen during that period." Considering the social situation "out there", and the fact that the world is one badly phrased or translated headline away from a complete HFT-facilitated market collapse, this is hardly all that suprising.

U.S. Gun Households, 1991-2011More:

The new result comes from Gallup's Oct. 6-9 Crime poll, which also finds public support for personal gun rights at a high-water mark. Given this, the latest increase in self-reported gun ownership could reflect a change in Americans' comfort with publicly stating that they have a gun as much as it reflects a real uptick in gun ownership.

Not surprisingly, republicans pack more heat than democrats. Perhaps it is best not to piss too many off...

Republicans (including independents who lean Republican) are more likely than Democrats (including Democratic leaners) to say they have a gun in their household: 55% to 40%. While sizable, this partisan gap is narrower than that seen in recent years, as Democrats' self-reported gun ownership spiked to 40% this year.

2002-2011 Trend: Gun in Household, by Party ID

Women are more armed than ever. Perhaps it is best not to piss too many off...

The percentage of women who report household gun ownership is also at a new high, now registering 43%

2002-2011 Trend: Gun in Household, by Gender

Southerners, yes shocking, are the best armed of all. Perhaps it is best not to piss too many off...

Gun ownership is more common in the South (54%) and Midwest (51%) than in the East (36%) or West (43%) -- a finding typical of Gallup's trends in gun ownership by region.

2002-2011 Trend: Gun in Household, by Region

Gallup's conclusion: "A clear societal change took place regarding gun ownership in the early 1990s, when the percentage of Americans saying there was a gun in their home or on their property dropped from the low to mid-50s into the low to mid-40s and remained at that level for the next 15 years. Whether this reflected a true decline in gun ownership or a cultural shift in Americans' willingness to say they had guns is unclear. However, the new data suggest that attitudes may again be changing. At 47%, reported gun ownership is the highest it has been in nearly two decades -- a finding that may be related to Americans' dampened support for gun-control laws. However, to ensure that this year's increase reflects a meaningful rebound in reported gun ownership, it will be important to see whether the uptick continues in future polling."

Our conclusion: Buy gold. Buy guns. Buy ammo. Be prepared. It's coming.

h/t John Lohman

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FunkyMonkeyBoy's picture

Big deal. They don't seem to be capable of using them when needed... what's actually needed for citizens to use the arms they have the constitional right to bear? Obumma to go to their house and personally stamp on their faces?

A gun to an american is nothing more than a glorified beer can opener.

NoClueSneaker's picture

... booh ..., spoiler :-P


Hehehe,  it would be a real stunt to open the can with a Barret - either I'd smash the can, or have to walk the whole afternoon to take sip of beer ...

SGS's picture

H&K USP tac .45.  Thats all you need.

yabyum's picture

Ruger has done ok in the market post 2008.

camaro68ss's picture

Lock and Load Bitchezzz

12ToothAssassin's picture

Pb - the most precious metal.

Libertarians for Prosperity's picture



Oh, great. 

Another article hand-crafted for the rednecks, super pigs and paranoid freaks.




tmosley's picture

Count your pals in the Democratic party among them.  You deserve what is coming more than most.

tmosley's picture

Care to expound on that?

Calling me a Nazi is like calling white black, or like calling up down.  I am the exact opposite of a Nazi, an anarcho-capitalist.

buyingsterling's picture

The left created the inner city time bombs. Until leftists figured out they could retain more power by playing nursemaid to blacks, the standard of living of black Americans was rising faster than that of whites. 50 years later there are millions of young blacks that have zero prospects. As soon as order breaks down they're gonna go nuts, and then the leftists will round them up for the camps. Good job. Leftists are filled with such loathing for themselves and the rest of humanity that they literally kill off societies - see Europe, 2011. That whole mess is a leftist construct, top to bottom. Control freaks tell Europeans how much their cucumbers can bend - literally. Almost all of the debt in the world can be laid right in the lap of the left - starting with traitor Wilson, and straight through to their hater hero, President Puke. We're broker than broke and the leftists in congress want to tax you for breathing. Get it straight: the left-right divide doesn't mean there aren't real philosophical differences, it means that the system ameliorates them and guarantees a steady slide into socialism and bankruptcy. There is not a shred of salvation in more socialism. If the left had any credibility at all, they'd retool, and become the party that defends the truly needy from severe austerity, and makes it easier for the rest of us to make our way. NOPE. They want more cash to piss away buying votes, and they want to lard us down with even more regulations, when we're flat on our back. A caring system would relinquish some control. That is not in the left's toolbox.

RagnarD's picture

Well said.  Amazingly (or not)  a $1.5T deficit is NO reason to stop pushing for more.

SWRichmond's picture

A caring system would relinquish some control. That is not in the left's toolbox.

It's not in the right's, either.  Control is the reason for the economic mailaise; the system's solution was ever-higher leverage.  In order to reignite, the system must relinquish control, and it is incapable of doing so.  Control, it seems, must be wrested.

LetThemEatRand's picture

You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Well, who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here. Who the fuck do you think you're talkin' to? Oh yeah? Huh? OK.

Hugh G Rection's picture

Good luck defending your family from home-invaders with your wife's footlong rubber dong.

You could always try berating them with insults from the moral highground of your ivory tower as you summon the unsophisticated troglodites with badges to come to your rescue.

For everyone else I recommend a Springfield XDM 45 with nite sites and 13 golden sabers on board.


LibTard at work

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Good luck defending your family from home-invaders with your wife's footlong rubber dong.

They might die of laughter when they see his hands-free style of wielding said apparatus while yelling, in a clear and unobstructed timbre, "you're breaking the law!"


Hugh G Rection's picture


I think the smell would drive them off as well.


XDM 45 review

Triggernometry's picture

Springfield is a good manufacturer, but the .45 acp leaves much to be desired. I know a bunch of macho men claim the 45 is superior, but the terminal ballistics of the caliber speak otherwise. 10mm and .357 auto are much better for imparting hydrostatic shock on the target, many manufacturers chamber both calibers. The new 5.7mm is a proven armor piercer, but only FN chambers it at the moment(and its fugly).

The secret service packs .357 auto, so that seems to be the caliber of choice when quick, concealable, controllable stopping power is of the utmost importance.

vato poco's picture

Of course, if you *miss* with that mighty .357, your shot will fly into the house down the block, penetrate the brick wall and interior drywall, and kill the 6-year-old girl inside. What then, Hondo? You gonna tell her parents about omelettes and eggs?

Triggernometry's picture

.357 auto penetrating a brick wall??

Get a grip. Frangible rounds are always an option, guaranteed to penetrate one layer of dry-wall, but not two.

vato poco's picture

Then why hasn't the military ever used .357? .45's, sure; even what KDT calls the "europellet". But never .357, nor .40, nor 10mm. Why is that?? Do they need to get a grip?

RafterManFMJ's picture



Hugh you have made me snort my beer, and it is now burning my nasal passages.

sschu's picture

After what governments have done to their unarmed citizens(subjects?) over the last 100 years it is surprising the number is not over 80%.  

The problem is the Ukrainians were not paranoid enough in the 1930s.


UP Forester's picture

It's only 47% that admit to it.

Of the other 53%, 15% are felons or domestic violence accusees, and can't "legally" own.

Of the remaining 38%, 15% live in cities that frown on protecting yourself, and 5% believe the police are actually required to protect you, 10% actually own.

Of the remaining 23%, 20% support the president and will protect their family with the wife's 12" black rubber tube-snake, and the 3% are on communes and can't respond....

macholatte's picture

maybe not for long.... i got this email which I cannot confirm as legit. So here it is. Comments please.



Subject: Who is buying companies manufacturing guns????????????

For the last several years a company called The Freedom Group has been buying up gun and ammunition manufacturers.Some of the companies are Bushmaster, Marlin, Remington, DPMS, Dakota Arms and H&R. Some people worry
that this Freedom Group is going to control most of the firearms companies in the United States.

If you control the manufacturers you can decide to stop selling to civilians. What a perfect way to control guns. Now if you do some digging you will see that The Freedom Group is owned by a company called Cerberus Capital Management.

Guess who controls Cerberus??? GEORGE SOROS !!!!!!!!!

Libertarians for Prosperity's picture



Cerberus Capital is 100% right-wing with connections to Bush I, Quayle and an array of top republicans - even super fuckwad Rumsfeld.  

It has nothing to do with Soros.  That sounds like another lie from the conservative carnival barkers like Glenn Beck.  The Communists are coming, and they're stealing our Guns! 


tmosley's picture

Nice assertion there.  You have massively negative credibility here.  If you want to discredit someone's argument, you are going to have to prove it. 

phyuckyiu's picture

Not to discredit the original Soros assertion, but here is Wiki tidbits: Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. is one of the largest private equity investment firms in the United States. The firm is based in New York City, and run by 51-year-old financier Steve Feinberg. Former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle has been a prominent Cerberus spokesperson and runs one of its international units. On October 19, 2006, John W. Snow, President George W. Bush's second Treasury Secretary, was named chairman of Cerberus. J. Ezra Merkin is a partner in Cerberus. Merkin invested his funds into Cerberus and its portfolio companies. His Gabriel fund invested $79 million in Chrysler, $66 million in GMAC and $67 million in Cerberus partnerships, according to year-end statements.[2] The Gabriel Fund was a feeder fund for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.[3]
The Japanese bank, Aozora, a Cerberus company lost $137 million to Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Aozora was part of the investment group that acquired 51 percent of GMAC from General Motors. [4]
On April 12, 2010 Cerberus acquired the private military contractor DynCorp International.
It's that last aquisition that should be grabbing your attention, but yes seems like a run of the mill neo-con/israeli axis, which i'm sure could accomodate Soros somewhere in there if needed. In truth, it's the Carlyle Group that is the axis of power for the Bush family, and Carlyle is quite powerful. I wonder if Carlyle Group will buy Xe now to compete with Cerebus, or maybe they already own Wackenhut and KBR so they're covered.

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

Did a quick search and Remington (chosen at random) is indeed owned by Cerberus.  Sturm-Ruger, Mossberg, and Smith & Wesson as examples are still NOT owned by Cerberus.   As a capital mgmt co. Cerberus (the guardian dog at the gates of hell) still has to justify to their shareholders why/how they're going to make money w/these acquisitions.   Buying a company so as NOT to sell a product does not sound like a particularly sensible use of capital.  And capital has a nasty habit of fleeing from those who abuse it.

Moreover, even if firearms production were completely halted tomorrow, there would still be millions of weapons in the hands of ordinary citizens, the vast majority of whom know how to use them well.  It would be more than passing ironic, therefore, if those weapons were ...

trav7777's picture

JFC...are Glock, HK, Walther, Sig, Rossi, and Taurus (among many others) not still in business?

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

As I said, it was only a quick (not exhaustive) search. And even at that it was for ownership only, not existence. JFC, indeed.

Northeaster's picture

Cerberus Capital Management:

Just so you know, they also own Dyncorp, a private merc company. They actively recruit ex-military and law enforcement for deployment all over.

UP Forester's picture

Dyncorp also runs a lot of big-city CPS services, and actively "recruit" children for deployment to the ME and elsewhere....

Comay Mierda's picture

AR15s have been an excellent hedge against inflation, almost as good as gold.  I prefer my subcompact .40 glock, however.  Simple, rugged, accurate, and concealable

gaoptimize's picture

 I am indicative of this trend.  In late 2008, I acquired an AR-15, since with TAC-16 suppressor and a PrimaryArms micro red-dot mounted at 1 O'Clock by Daniel Defense (very comfortable).  +Glock 20.  An AR-15 in .308 as backup, but strengths are useless with our trees.  Enough amo to hold out a while.  It was SHTF planning that caused me to arm up and take some tactical pistol and riffle training with Tom Perroni in Fredricksburg VA.

Wife modeling:

PulauHantu29's picture

Yeah, RGR, GLD and MOS...they have done very well.

UP Forester's picture

Hope you have the PHYZZ....

Paper doesn't protect well against bad times....

MachoMan's picture

Spectacular firearm...  I own the model 45 (successor to the USP) and it is an absolute dream to shoot.  Truly an exceptional firearm family.

trav7777's picture

yeah I loved mine to death, finest firearm out there.  Until it fell out of my canoe.  All my guns did

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Similar thing happened to me too, lost my guns (gold too, damn!) in a boating accident.

- 9mm

- 7.62 x 39

Hate it when that happens.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

And here I thought I was the only person clumsy enough to do this. It was the night when that one storm blew in real quick like, back in ninety-something, out there on ... on ... you know, that one lake ... damn, what was the name of it?  You know ... that lake with the fish ...


UP Forester's picture

Ya, ya know, I was out dere lookin for dem lunkers in da Big Lake, Superior, eh? and dis big wave like da one dat sank da Emmind Fisgerall came and swamped da dam boat....

Da guns n gold I had fer ballas' took dat bugger down quicker dan dat tranny Eddie Murfee was wit....