JT: Is the statement '200 million weapons on the street' number a lie? Absolutely.
That is indeed a fair approximation of the number of guns in this country. Are they all onthe street ? Hell no! That number includes hunting and sport long guns, such as shotguns for trap and skeet. It also includes all presumed guns out there, and all collections. In addition, does every person who owns a gun or guns (about 80 million persons) carry all of them at the same time (the typical owner has several)?
I have seen the breakdown somewhere but I am certain that the number of long guns owned exceeds the number of handguns out there. Without divulging the number of guns I own, the ratio is 2 to 1 long guns to hand guns. That is probably fairly typical. Note to JT: In the assualt rifle catagory, the M1/M1a/M14 must not be very popular amongst the bad guys as they do not show up at all in crime stats. It would be pretty hard to conceal one of
those I suppose.
And now a stat that I found today (remember, this is official FBI crime data) to address both Gary K. and Gary S. :
"in the entire US during a year, only about 30 people are accidentally killed by private
citizens who mistakenly believe the victim to be an intruder. By comparison, police
accidentally kill as many as 330 innocent individuals annually." Hmm.... that is more than a ten to one ratio. (BTW, I am in favor of our police forces. They have terrible jobs and do not get the support they need or the credit they deserve.) If anyone wants the actual reference works please post.