Living in Troubled Times.
"There is no doubt that our nation's security and defeating terrorism trump all other priorities."
Hey Harry,(captaincrunch)My question is, define 'Registered' people that filled out the background check form before a purchase, or carriers of concealed handguns?I think the numbers of actual gun owners and the actual number of guns is much, much higher thanks to person to person sales which at this time are still legal.I think Texas is much higher on that list also. Most of us backward, redneck, hillbillies would rather purchase person to person, albeit a deer rifle, .22 plinking rifle for the youngin's or a Barrett .50 cal. rifle for varmint and critter control:)'Every resident of this country could give up their guns to the feds all at the same time and we could live in some kind of peaceful Utopia from hell and some camel jockey and his wacky, packy (Pakistani) wife come over here with smuggled full auto AK's and start killing innocent people.Whats the point. Murderers will still murder, killers will still kill. Crossbows, Compound bows, swords, machetes. Ban something that harms people and someone will build something that harms someone. Gun ownership gives us a chance to protect ourselves. Its Natural Law and guaranteed in the Constitution. What more do they need to know.
I couldn't agree with you more on all points. I was watching Wolf Blitzer on CNN tonight. He was all upset because the terrorists had been going to shooting range and practicing with their weapons just before the attack in California. He bugged out his eyes and wiggled his ears and got all red in the face. One of his tin plated guests, who was the assistant director of some piss ant never before heard of anti gun "think tank" pointed out that going to a gun range and practicing is not necessarily illegal or thought provoking. Poor old Wolf was astounded. I forget, sometimes, just how little these talking heads know about life in the real world. Kind of like college professors (with some notable exceptions so I am not insulting some of my friends who come here!"
Arkansas #3 and that is only registered guns. Most everyone I know has at least 3 guns...
I'm sure the statistics of this piece are skewed somewhat because a lot of people (very wisely) avoid leaving any paper trail with their gun purchases. England and Australia loom large in gun owners minds as an example of what happens when you are stupid enough and naive enough to trust the government and register your guns. I don't even carry an insurance rider on mine because I have no faith at all that the government won't someday force insurance companies to turn over their lists of customers guns ( a prerequisite for getting a rider), just as they forced the telecommunications companies to fork over data on phone customers.Still though, there were some surprises, at least for me. Connecticut, for God's sake. Who would have believed that?
That's it I am moving to Wyoming. Lowest population of any state, no state income tax and highest per capita guns. Property values in rural areas are quite reasonable as well.
I wish I could have moved somewhere like Wyoming, or Montana, or the Dakotas when I got out of the service. But it just didn't work out that way, and I could not have foreseen that the little county I chose in Georgia would someday be a tourist and retirement center.
you can never foresee that type of thing.when the interstates [read; military roads] went through how many lost family farms and other valuable real estate?it is unforeseeable.
No, that's true. I would never have believed what's happened here. But since the big crash in 2007 there are a lot fewer summer residents, and a lot of big cabins and summer houses falling to pieces.
Wyoming is a big gun state, but bring plenty of booze, as the winters are long, and the wind never stops. But some like it that way. In any case, glad to see my state made #6. Not really surprised. Most folks have a gun in their car here. Really surprised Maryland and DC made the list. --Troy
Troy, I'd love that, if I had a place that enabled me to get through the wind and cold. There were some things in that report that kind of defied conventional wisdom. But it was encouraging to know there are gun holdouts in states that I thought were pure blue at heart from watching tv.
So Virginia is in the top five, that's a great thing. I'm with Capt. Crunch I'm not sure about this register term they are throwing around, they say that there total of 248,939 registered (?) firearms in Virginia, yet there are over 400,000 conceal carry permits holders.
I don't know where they got their numbers or what parameters they used, but the overall gest of it was good.I do think there are a lot of people, especially older people in Georgia, who have concealed carry permits but don't even own a gun. It's more of a political statement. However, when the state raised the fee for a permit from $20.00 to $75.00 a lot of that stopped.
Here's another interesting data point. New Study: Over 12.8 million concealed handgun permits, last year saw by far the largest increase ever in the number of permits. And like the national debt the number keeps rising. Here's the study from John Lots web site.http://crimeresearch.org/2015/07/new-study-over-12-8-concealed-handgun-permits-last-year-saw-by-far-the-largest-increase-ever-in-the-number-of-permits/
There was an excellent story about this on Fox the other night. They said exactly the same thing. I can't embed Fox articles directly, so I have to wait until someone posts it on YouTube but I want to put it on here if I can find it.
Are you surprised to see Georgia and New Hampshire tied? When they show statistics about how there's a gun for every man woman and child in America, I feel a little sad. I look at my gun collection and think of the poor people out there who don't have any. It's like I've got a lot of other people's share. Well, better in my hands than some other folks out there. Now they want to deny firearms to those on the no fly list? A list that people can be on without even knowing about it? A list that you don't have to commit a crime to be on? A list that is nearly impossible to get off of? My dad had a hard time flying years ago. As luck would have it his name was similar to that of a South American drug lord. That was even before the no fly list. At least he was able to eventually get on the plane.
I think the Idiot in Chief has two reasons for pimping that on his little fireside chat. One, it makes it sound like he is doing something about the terrorists when he isn't. Too, it's a way to deprive thousands of innocent people on that list of their right to own a gun. I remember when "B.J. Bill" managed to get the law passed that anybody convicted of domestic violence or who unwisely decided to plead no lo contender to such a charge, even though it be a misdemeanor case, lost their right to own a firearm.
CBS has now demonstrated their total ignorance of firearm laws. What they have done is taken data from the ATF maintained National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR), and then compared that data with census data to determine what is the highest armed states per capita in the USA. However, the NFRTR is not a registry of all firearms (nor is the items registered with NFRTR necessarily firearms at all. The NFRTR registers machine guns, short barreled shotguns, short barreled rifles, suppressors (silencers) and Destructive Devices (DDs)--such as grenades, bombs and missiles. Of the 2 million items registered with the NFRTR only about one sixth of that number (350,000) are actually firearms. What is funny is that the CBS story states this: "Florida comes in at number 30, with 10.2 guns for every 1,000 residents. That's a staggering 199,828 registered firearms dispersed among 19,552,860 people."If that were actually true, The UK would have more than 6 times the number of firearms per capita than does the gunshine state... in fact of all 30 states mentioned by CBS as the most highly armed states per capita all of them would have a lower rate of ownership than the UK with the sole exception of Wyoming.