Even The British Papers are Noticing

A story about record gun sales, in the UK’s Daily Telegraph. The Brady folks are sticking with their story that gun ownership is really in decline. Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt, folks.

6 Responses to “Even The British Papers are Noticing”

  1. Guav says:

    Just to play devil’s advocate …. isn’t it possible that fewer people are owning guns, but that those people are buying more firearms per person than in the past?

  2. Sebastian says:

    It’s possible, but polling is showing more people reporting that they own firearms now than previously. So either more people are becoming gun owners, or more people feel OK about revealing to other people that they are gun owners.

    If I had to guess, it’s probably a bit of both. I think the Democrats dropping gun control from their agenda is probably making a lot of liberal Democrats who own guns not sheepish to admit it.

  3. Guav says:

    Makes sense.

    • Harold says:

      Also factor in the nationwide sweep of shall issue and constitutional carry state laws plus a graying population; there’s reasons for more people to own guns, between the former making them much more useful and the latter making them more needed.

      At my Missouri CCW required class the middle aged and older wildly outnumbered the younger attendees.

      Then again Missouri respects any other license, is expensive ($100 + class then $50 every three years) and wasn’t available to those under 23 until sometime this year. Therefore a lot of people have out of state licenses or so I was told by county’s deputy who handles this. If you’re older you’re more likely to be able to afford the cost, perhaps want to appear better having residential license (the usual suspects whine about this when the opposite comes up) and the licensing requirements are a near superset of most other states’ (biggest omission seems to be a NICS check for mental health issues, which is as I understand is why we don’t have reciprocity with Wisconsin).

      This also has a lot to do with the re-normalization of gun ownership in the US, which almost certainly has affected survey response results as noted.

  4. Shawn says:

    I’m surprised it didn’t have some overly hysterical anti-gun slant.

  5. Mikeb302000 says:

    Two questions:

    1. How many gun owners do you know who own fewer guns than they did one year ago or five years ago?

    2. How many gun owners do you know who own more guns than they did one year ago or five years ago?

    Does that help you to understand?