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    Question Imagine That Eh?

    U.S. is the most armed society in world

    Laura MacInnis, Reuters Life! Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2007

    GENEVA -- The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world, a report released yesterday said.

    U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world's 875 million known firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies.

    About 4.5 million of the 8 million new guns manufactured worldwide each year are purchased in the United States, it said.

    "There is roughly one firearm for every seven people worldwide. Without the United States, though, this drops to about one firearm per 10 people," it said.

    India had the world's second-largest civilian gun arsenal, with an estimated 46 million firearms outside law enforcement and the military, though this represented just four guns per 100 people there. China, ranked third with 40 million privately held guns, had three firearms per 100 people.

    Germany, France, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil and Russia were next in the ranking of country's overall civilian gun arsenals.

    On a per-capita basis, Yemen came second behind the U.S., with 61 guns per 100 people, followed by Finland with 56, Switzerland with 46, Iraq with 39 and Serbia with 38.

    France, Canada, Sweden, Austria and Germany were next, each with about 30 guns per 100 people, while many poorer countries often associated with violence ranked much lower. Nigeria, for instance, had just one gun per 100 people.

    The report, which relied on government data, surveys and media reports to estimate the size of world arsenals, estimated there were 650 million civilian firearms worldwide, and 225 million held by law enforcement and military forces.

    Five years ago, the Small Arms Survey had estimated there were a total of just 640 million firearms globally.

    Only about 12 per cent of civilian weapons are thought to be registered with authorities.

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    Now we just need some RPG's

    I know a guy with 60 guns in his collection and I have 15 so how dose that fit into 90 guns for every 100 citizens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rellik74 View Post
    Now we just need some RPG's

    I know a guy with 60 guns in his collection and I have 15 so how dose that fit into 90 guns for every 100 citizens?
    That just makes up for those of who don't own personal weapons. In my case, the army lets me play with too many of them to have a desire to own any.
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    Interesting that some of the "more violent countries" have fewer guns per capita than even Finland. Kinda blows the whole argument of gun control....

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    That is exactly why no country ever tried to invade the US.

    They knew that every redneck and grandma would load up their double barrel shotguns and go Kommie hunting!!!
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    Those other countries don't have a wonderful document that limits the power of government and provides personal freedoms to their citizens. It's what makes the US unashamedly the greatest country in the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeWendtCFI View Post
    Those other countries don't have a wonderful document that limits the power of government and provides personal freedoms to their citizens. It's what makes the US unashamedly the greatest country in the world.
    you refer to the american constitution with the words:"wonderful document"?and the bill of rights(which is for me the 1st ten amendments)
    and the fact that you can bear arms.

    in the french constitution,we (citizens)do not have the right to bear arms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchfireball View Post
    you refer to the american constitution with the words:"wonderful document"?and the bill of rights(which is for me the 1st ten amendments)
    and the fact that you can bear arms.

    in the french constitution,we (citizens)do not have the right to bear arms.
    I most certainly do refer to the Constitution of the United States as a wonderful document. Why shouldn't I?

    Most of us are not the least bit surprised the french don't like to carry guns. That was why we were there in WW II.

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    Sounds like we have more guns than the Government. Instead of voting maybe we should just pack up and go to town????

    Seriously, I know some rednecks whose personal collections probably helped push the average a little higher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeWendtCFI View Post
    I most certainly do refer to the Constitution of the United States as a wonderful document. Why shouldn't I?

    Most of us are not the least bit surprised the french don't like to carry guns. That was why we were there in WW II.
    no offense,i was just asking ,and yes the Constitution of the United States is a great document.no problems.
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    I own 3 pistols and plan to expand the collection into a rifle or two that I have been eyeing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusKspn View Post
    Sounds like we have more guns than the Government. Instead of voting maybe we should just pack up and go to town????

    Seriously, I know some rednecks whose personal collections probably helped push the average a little higher.
    In this day and age, it is probably more likely that voting will do away with guns, not that guns will do away with voting.
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    Whats the percentage of people that vote? Nowhere near what it should be.......

    I won't even hint at whats in the safe, lets just say Im helping the average for most of my street.

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    my collection:
    14 rifles,
    4 Bolt action centerfire
    3 lever action centerfire
    4 autoloading centerfires
    3 rimfires, one of each action type
    .22 LR to .338 Winchester Magnum

    5 shotguns
    2 pump
    1 double
    2 auto
    all 12 gauge

    5 handguns
    2 centerfire revolvers
    2 center fire auto
    1 rimfire auto
    .357, .45 Long Colt .45ACP and .22lr's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty27 View Post
    my collection:
    14 rifles,
    4 Bolt action centerfire
    3 lever action centerfire
    4 autoloading centerfires
    3 rimfires, one of each action type
    .22 LR to .338 Winchester Magnum

    5 shotguns
    2 pump
    1 double
    2 auto
    all 12 gauge

    5 handguns
    2 centerfire revolvers
    2 center fire auto
    1 rimfire auto
    .357, .45 Long Colt .45ACP and .22lr's
    My collection...





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    I have a toy pistol that goes Pop Pop... are they going to ban that?

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    i have a super soaker

    does that count?
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    I dont know. It does look "evil".



    I guess they are going to have to start making friendly looking guns and super soakers.

    They are going to need to change the name to, something like "happy water thrower"... thats patent pending of course

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    my collection is partly made up of guns that were left to me when my grandfather died, his service .45 from his days in the milltary Police, his winchester model 70 .338, and a couple of shotguns. of the rest, only 2 were bought brand new, a Marlin 336 in .35 Rem and a Ruger 10/22. the rest were bought used, from gun shops, a few friends, and a couple of gun shows. they are all well used and a few have been a little beat up, but they all have their place in my past.

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