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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Smiddywesson's picture

Sorry, Andy and Opie are dead.  Nobody is giving up their weapons to USG confiscation.  That opportunity is long gone for the Boyz.

jcaz's picture

Wow, you're so edgy;

That's hot.

You should post a pic of yourself with a cig-  you'd be even cooler.

sun tzu's picture

I agree. He looks too rad and chic for ZH. Perhaps he should try Puffington Ho's

Smiddywesson's picture

Actually, Monkboy has been somewhat of troll, but has contributed a lot of very insightful stuff over the years, so I have to put my support on his side of the court.  He likes to provoke a fight, but Funkymonky usually knows which side of the argument is truth and which side isn't.  On the other hand, bedside manner and diplomacy:not his strong point.

The Big Ching-aso's picture

"This is my cigar, this is my gun, this is for lighting, this is for fun."      Bill Clinton

Troll Magnet's picture

Yeah, good ol' Bubba did have fun alright.  With a lot of ugly ass ho's. 

How can you be the POTUS and be banging the Lewinskis of the world?  If I were the POTUS, I'd have Jolie, Alba and Johansson on my speed dial. 

NotApplicable's picture

Once he got to DC, the Arkansas State Troopers were no longer able to get him dates.

Troll Magnet's picture

Man, I don't care what anyone says.  If you're the POTUS, you can bang just about any chick in America (and abroad).  In this regard, I respect the hell out of the Kennedy bros.  Those cats knew how to party. 

NotApplicable's picture

But can you do it without being black-mailed? Willie tried to get some of what was locally available at the time, and they still busted his ass on it.

The Big Ching-aso's picture

"If I were the POTUS,......"

Who sez he didn't?

Troll Magnet's picture

Please.  He might've banged Barbara Streisand but that's it.  He's got a weird taste in women.  Look at Hillary.  Nuff said.

NotApplicable's picture

That's just a CIA power marriage. Which is why she kept using her valuable maiden name for so long.

NoClueSneaker's picture

He nailed one of the world famous JAPs, AFAIK ... No more singin' in da White House ...

iDealMeat's picture

1/2 way hot chicks get it on....  although Jolie might be worth the risk of impeachment.. I'd cigar her.


Troll Magnet's picture

Who cares if they try to impeach you?  I'd just be like, "Hey, assholes!  This is a very stressful job!  I'm all pent up and I need to relax just like every last one of you pricks!" 

FilbertH's picture

Its not an easy thing to take a life for most "normal" people, even the life of a worthless waste of human skin bankster.


The American guns will come out when everything else fails, and not a moment sooner.

UP Forester's picture

You forgot the -70 on the .45....

Both are better than 9mm though, but plenty of 5.56mm would suddenly become available, at a door-step near you....

Chuck Walla's picture

Winchester Bitchez!


Got Glock?


You obviously don't live in the South

ToNYC's picture

It boggles the mind why more folks don't admit owning a gun. You really don't need to pulling it out, especially when the odds are poor the outcome is exactly but finally what you expected if you went through the trouble to actually have one of those social bombs.

CashCowEquity's picture

gay ass East coast

disabledvet's picture

actually they appear to be making up for lost time. meanwhile the Midwest appears tired of playing second fiddle to "Mr. Saturday Night Special" down there. Wait till "there's a cmptition in me" comes to the fore. Then we'll end up getting gun ownership over 100 percent.

UP Forester's picture

The Midwest is only that low because they include all the Metro-Sexuals in Chitcago....

Debtless's picture

And just wait 'til the shootin' starts. It'll be like the end of Reservoir Dogs.

Fibz's picture

And I ask myself why we still have a military.

Debtless's picture

Easy one: To protect our corporate interests abroad.

darteaus's picture

Political interests - it's the politicians that deploy the military.

Yes, at the behest of the paying corporations, but, nonetheless, under the control of the Czars.

Chupacabra's picture

They are one and the same.

Fibz's picture

Yes, it was a rhetorical question.

NotApplicable's picture

To protect us from the banks, like Jefferson said.

fyrebird's picture

A gun won't save you when the locusts come.

Beyond here there be monsters.

Long-John-Silver's picture

If you're talking about crop eating Locusts you are correct. If you're talking about human Locusts you only need kill one and the rest will run away.

chunga's picture

Why would anyone buy a gun? They're very dangerous and best left in the hands of trained professionals.

Oakland Policeman Throws Flash Grenade Into Crowd Trying To Help Injured Protester

It's all fun and games until somebody loses an eye.

[Edit - I gave myself a down arrow because I don't care but how many watched the cop (thug) throw the grenade into the crowd? The video is a whole 63 seconds.]

Ratscam's picture

I prefer Celente's 3 Gs
and a Get away plan

Segestan's picture

Thats a stat that the socialist/communist/revolutionist and foreign interest in America had better take note of.... an ass kicking.

common_sense's picture

Logical. a gun is cheaper than a guarantee from a bank right now. A gun will be needed in case of big depression when powerty will explode... after the bailouting of USA by CHINA everything will be possible. China is bailouting only rich people in Europe and USA, poor people will be even poorest after the baiouting of the Global System by the "modern" chinese communists. Nice closed futur for banks, BUT black futur for everyone...

toady's picture

Like I keep saying, people know whats coming, and it would be foolish to be unprepared.

One of these days all those video cameras you see at OWS will be guns.

NotApplicable's picture

There likely aren't four gun owners in Zucotti Park, and two of them will be agent provocateurs.

The single occupier that owns a gun will be the lone "End the Fed" Ron Paul 2012 supporter.

Now Oakland, on the other hand... well, the police better hope the gangs don't decide to take advantage of the opportunity that is presenting itself right now.

Fibz's picture

Many of the OWS people own guns I'm sure.

A Lunatic's picture

Sounds like a good opportunity for a million man suicide. What the Hell, let's round 'er off to two million.

seek's picture

We had a fair number of folks with AR-15s and full camo show up at Occupy Phoenix. I can't (or rather, can!) imagine how that'd play at OWS.