But the truly important number here is this: NRA membership only accounts for a tiny fraction of all gun owners in America. Using the NRA's own estimates of five million members (which, like their talk about being a well-regulated militia, is certainly an exaggeration), they only represent about 6.5 percent of American gun owners. So NRA members don't represent the average gun owner -- they're all alone on their little extremist island, presumably with mined beaches and antiaircraft guns.
So maybe it's finally time to start paying attention to all the other gun rights advocacy groups out there. Like the left-leaning Liberal Gun Club, for liberals who love Berettas and background checks. Or the Pink Pistols, a group that thinks strappin' up is a great way to protect yourself from hate crimes. And there are other, even more conservative groups, like the Gun Owners of America, which regularly butts heads with the NRA for being too compromising. Truth be told, gun culture is much more diverse than it seems. Really, the only thing they all agree on is "Guns are pretty rad."
There Are Fewer And Fewer Gun Owners (But More Guns)
There are now enough guns in America for every man, woman, child, and Shih Tzu to carry. But that doesn't mean gun ownership is on the rise. On the contrary, while there are more guns out there than you can shake a gun at, they are owned by a very small number of people. And that number is shrinking every year.
Right now, fewer Americans own guns than at any point in history. Yes, even after all the Obama stuff. As recently as the 1970s, the majority of Americans lived in households with guns. Today, that number is reversed, with 78 percent of Americans saying they live gun-free, though the data doesn't say how many are genuinely intolerant of guns and how many are gun-free because it's the trendy thing to do.
dinostock/Adobe Stock"I cut sugar, gluten, and bullets, and have never felt better!"
Most gun owners have "modest" collections -- maybe a handgun and a backup AR for fancy occasions. But during the Obama administration, a new class of gun owner rose to prominence: the "super-owner." They average a collection of 17 firearms -- one for every digit that hasn't been blown off yet. Which means that right now, half of America's guns (133 million) are owned by a mere 3 percent of American adults.
So what would possess you to own more guns than clean pairs of underwear? Why, fear of gun control, of course! Many super-owners started their collection after worrying that post-massacre gun laws would keep them from owning any more guns, like a Catch-22 (or maybe a Catch-357, since no super-owner would be caught dead with such a pansy caliber).
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