Someone stopped by searching for “how many americans have guns.”
The latest data I have is from a “double poll,” taken a year ago. The first poll consisted of 550 completed telephone calls to individuals who were in various ways known to own at least one gun. With a “liars coefficient” established, the final 1100 telephone calls established that 78.6 percent (plus or minus 3 percent) of homes selected at random contained one or more guns. (Homes in the same zip code were hand culled to insure different homes were called.)
With a percentage of homes with guns established, along with an increased appreciation for the many addresses with five or more listed telephone numbers, the next step is to determine the number of “occupied dwelling units,” as the U.S. Census likes to describe them.
The Census reported a total of 116.7 million occupied dwelling units for 2010.
Several canvasses of rental agencies as well as counting the number of vacancies on line suggest the inventory of vacant “dwelling units” increased by five million, from 15 million vacancies in 2010 to 20 million in 2012. Taking the number of occupied units at 111.7, that would indicate a total between 85.1 and 90.45 million homes have at least one gun, with the most likely number being 87.8 million, and 25 million homes with no effective means of defense.
With the number of homes with one or more guns established as closely as it is practical to do so we must turn to the Census. Which guessed there were 311,591,917 Americans living in 116.7 occupied dwellings on “census day 2010.” That would be an average of 2.67 Americans per home.
Taking 87.8 times 2.67 equals 234.4 million Americans have direct, at home access firearms. And, as I posted earlier today, those 234.4 million Americans commit just 8,583 gun related murders: with approximately 6,180 of those being “criminal on criminal murders.”
The bottom line? American gun owners have a whole lot of company, and as a group are among the world’s most law abiding.