USA –-(Ammoland.com)- This notional illustration above reflects the relative percentages of U.S. citizens who own a firearm (blue) and criminals who use a firearm in the commission of a crime (red).
Because even professional statisticians have difficulty reporting finite numbers of firearm owners, this illustration is only meant to portray a sense of scale.
The Gallup Poll and Pew Research statistics listed in the end notes of my book ( NRA…The Rest of the Story ) report that about 40% of today’s U.S. population of 316 million own a firearm—126 million.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) reports that about 2.5 million “violent victimizations” occurred between 2005-2010, for an annualized number of approximately 417,000 per year.
DOJ reports that 10.4% of these crimes (about 43,000) involved a firearm.
If you are interested in reading more about the facts behind gun ownership and the NRA, Shooting Sports USA Managing Editor Chip Lohman has collaborated on a book that takes a contentious debate-private gun ownership in America, and moves it into the classroom. Called “NRA…The Rest of the Story,
About Chip Loman:
I grew up in an Air Force family. Translated—I have three high school yearbooks.
I married my high school sweetheart (she’s in yearbook number three) and signed up for a six-year hitch in the U.S. Marine Corps. After four years of reserve duty while attending the University of Kansas, we began our military career, one that continued for 21 more years. Amidst duty as an infantry officer, I competed with the M14 rifle and later ran one of the Marine Corps Sniper Schools. I retired from the Corps in 1994 to hold jobs in the telecommunications industry.
After AT&T, I returned to my original plan of becoming a teacher and joined the Maryland School of Sailing and Seamanship. I later created a small business to offer classes on basic pistol safety and personal protection in the home.
In 2007, NRA’s Education and Training Division hired me to help coordinate shooting sports among various youth organizations, and in 2009, I became the managing editor of the NRA’s online magazine Shooting Sports USA: www.shootingsportsusa.com. I compete with the civilian, non-automatic AR-15 rifle. I also compete with an Olympic-style air rifle and two types of pistols—all stored in a safe.