Americans Bought More Guns Than the Military Has on Hand the Last 2 Months, but That’s Not All

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Shortly before the 2016 elections, gun sales soared. Fears of a Democratic landslide stoked the demand, and gun companies responding by scaling up production. Gun sales in the era of President Trump have continued to remain strong, and some new figures provide an interesting context for gun ownership in America.

“Stephen Gutowski of The Washington Free Beacon also touched upon the Small Arms Survey,” Townhall writes, “which showed that Americans own 393 million of the one billion-plus firearms in worldwide circulation.”

Gutowski noted that Americans, in the last April and May, bought more guns then the U.S. military has in its arsenal.

Many gun owners own more than one firearm. This number also includes many collectors.

Considering the number of law enforcement officers in the country, that 400 to 1 number seems low.

Those sales, in no small part, have been driven by the demonstrations that emerged after the Parkland shooting in February.

This may be the most surprising number, but not becasue of civilian ownership. Instead, it points to the relatively low number of guns on hand in the American military.

These are, for the most part, very different kinds of guns.

The Small Arms Survey itself is controversial. While proponents of tighter restrictions on guns are using the numbers for their shock value, the supporters of the Second Amendment see the survey itself as an intrusion into their private lives.

This, though, references the uniformed groups, and not the militias.

Statistics don’t paint the complete picture. The numbers are, by all measures, large. They’re so large that it is difficult for many people to contextualize anything other than their sheer enormity.

The comparisons to police officers, though, only count the officers’ service weapons. Yet all law enforcement officers in the U.S. are also civilians. Many of them carry personal weapons (often two) in addition to their service weapons. Many of these men and women also own other sporting and defensive firearms. So pulling them from these overall views would be all but impossible.

One thing seems certain, though. Support for Second Amendment rights remains strong. This is heartening for those of us who value the freedoms it provides. Though our opposition may be visible and highly vocal, Americans continue to make use of their constitutionally protected rights.