How Many Households in America Today Have Guns?

Prof Yamane is doing stellar work from a fresh perspective both on his blog and in his classroom. Well worth following.

Gun Culture 2.0

Having addressed the issue of how many guns there are in the United States today (twice, actually), and why people own them, I now consider the first of James D. Wright’s  “Ten Essential Observations on Guns in America”: Half the households in the country own at least one gun.

Updating Wright’s first observation, although it would seem to be fairly straightforward, is actually quite challenging and controversial.

What percentage of households in the United States own guns? In 1995 Wright maintained that for 35 years “every survey has reported more or less the same result”: about half. Since 1995, things have gotten a bit more confusing. (Note: In the interest of time, I will focus here on the question of household gun ownership, rather than personal gun ownership.)

Photo/Douglas Bovitt Photo/Douglas Bovitt

Some surveys, like the Gallup Poll, show household gun ownership rates to be between 40% and…

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